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Orange County Business Journal, April 7, 2021
UCI Law Names Bryant Garth Interim Dean
The University of California, Irvine School of Law has named Bryant Garth its interim dean, effective June 2. Garth succeeds L. Song Richardson, who will become the president of Colorado College in July. … Garth joined UCI Law in 2012 and served as a distinguished professor and vice dean before his retirement from those posts in 2019. Since then, he’s remained involved as a professor emeritus and the co-director of the UCI Law Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

TIME, April 8, 2021
How a Long History of Intertwined Racism and Misogyny Leaves Asian Women in America Vulnerable to Violence
A reductive view of Asian women as objects of desire—or even worse, a “moral contagion”—is a narrative that dates back as far as the early 19th century, says Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Director of the Humanities Center and Professor of Asian American Studies at UC Irvine. “This act of violence goes back to the ways in which Asian women especially are perceived as having this kind of dangerous form of sexuality that is affecting American society,” she says of the Atlanta shooting.

CNN, April 7, 2021
Karate, Wonton, Chow Fun: The end of ‘chop suey’ fonts
For Yong Chen, a [history professor] at the University of California, Irvine, it is not the font, per se, that’s the issue — but how it’s used. His 2014 book “Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America,” even features the typeface on its cover. “The font issue never came up during discussions of the cover design,” Yong said in an email. Problems only arise, he said, when the font is deliberately used to “depict Chinese Americans and Chinese food as the Oriental other.”

Wired, April 7, 2021
More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet
“With surface warming, you will have more energy to push air into the high latitude,” says UC Irvine climate scientist Yang Chen, lead author on a new paper in Nature Climate Change describing the modeling. “And also because the atmosphere is warmer, it can hold more water vapor.”

Inside Higher Ed, April 8, 2021
Faculty: ‘Gatekeepers’ of Student Mental Health?
Negar Shekarabi, coordinator for faculty and staff wellness, health and counseling services at the University of California, Irvine, said a 2019 survey from her campus also found that faculty members do tend to be engaged in student mental health. … The pandemic and racial reckoning of the 2020 pushed Shekarabi’s office to be even more proactive with respect to faculty training. She and her colleagues worked last summer to convert many of their most requested mental health seminars into webinars that are now available on demand, and targeted to professors.

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