UCI News

The Orange County Register, Aug. 9, 2022
White House hosts UCI chancellor for discussion on abortion rights
While clinics and hospitals seem to be at the epicenter of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, universities — including UC Irvine — have also stepped into the spotlight. And the White House is taking notice. UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman said the recent court decision has brought about “enormous challenges” for higher education institutions, particularly for those that house students from states where abortion services are curtailed or banned completely. And that’s the message he took to Washington, D.C., this week as he met with Vice President Kamala Harris and other higher education leaders. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 9, 2022
Susan and Henry Samueli Pledge $4 Million Matching Gift for UCI Center for Jewish Studies
UCI said it received a $4 million matching pledge from longtime university supporters Susan and Henry Samueli for the school’s Center for Jewish Studies. The donation is the largest ever in support of Jewish studies at UCI and positions the university as a leader in the field, school officials said. … UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman said … “Susan and Henry Samueli’s deep generosity will catalyze community support for Jewish studies at UCI and help UCI become a model for tolerance and appreciation of cultural and religious pluralism.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

LAist, Aug. 9, 2022
‘Inflation Reduction Act’ Would Help LA’s Hardest Hit Climate Communities
If signed into law, the Democrats’ climate, health and tax bill — called the Inflation Reduction Act— will be the largest single investment in U.S. history to address the climate crisis. “This is much needed funding for those homes and communities that need it most,” said Michael Méndez, a [assistant] professor at UC Irvine whose research focuses on the intersection of the climate crisis, public health and environmental justice. “This legislation is definitely groundbreaking in terms of climate change action and putting a stronger focus on low-income communities and communities of color.”

NPR — 1A, Aug. 8, 2022
Water Week: Access to clean drinking water
Native American households are 19 times more likely to lack indoor plumbing than white households. And Blacks and Latinos are twice as likely according to the U.S Water Alliance and DigDeep. … Some places are trying to address the problem. Earlier this year, Newark, New Jersey, finished replacing all 23,000 of its lead pipes. We hear from one of the people behind that push. But we start the conversation in Navajo Nation where one in three homes don’t have running water. Guests … Maura Allaire, [assistant] professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, University of California, Irvine.

Newport Beach Independent, Aug. 9, 2022
New Swan Shakespeare Festival’s ‘Pericles’ Offers Breathtaking Adventure in the Ancient World
Of all of Shakespeare’s plays, “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” is among the least recognized. Theater companies rarely produce it, so audiences rarely see it. That’s why the new production of “Pericles,” one of two on stage as this summer’s New Swan Shakespeare Festival at UC Irvine, is good news for theater fans. Even better, it’s a supremely accomplished staging that underscores what makes “Pericles” such an outstanding play.

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