UCI News

Spectrum News 1, Aug. 20, 2020 (Video)
UC Irvine hosts contact tracing training with an eye on health equity
Maritza Bermudez said wanting answers is the reason she was eager to take part in her now second contact tracing workshop. The nonprofit she works for pays for her time to participate in a workshop hosted by the University of California, Irvine. … According to the university, the four-week series of remote training sessions was created to help meet the growing need for contact tracers who can do the detective-like work of figuring out how COVID-19 is transmitted from one person to another with an eye toward health equity.

Daily Pilot, Aug. 19, 2020
UCI Health opens new Newport Beach location
In Newport Beach this week, UCI Health opened its new Newport Beach location on 2161 San Joaquin Hills Road. The facility focuses on disease prevention and health management through “[consideration of] all aspects of a patient’s mind, body and spirit.” … “We’re very excited about this new site in Newport Beach,” said cardiologist Shaista Malik, associate vice chancellor for integrative health at the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences. “We have a very unique collaboration of integrative health alongside cutting edge medical care. We are going to have acupuncture, nutrition, massage, yoga and mindfulness.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CBS News, Aug. 20, 2020
The racial origins of fat stigma
It was her grandmother’s stories … that inspired Sabrina Strings, who is now a sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine, to pursue research on the history of fat-phobia — the fear of fatness due to the stigmatization of weight — in the Western world. … Strings’ research provides context around the social and cultural issues related to weight — and the legacy of racist and outdated ideals embedded in many of our common assumptions. “We cannot deny the fact that fat-phobia is rooted in anti-Blackness. That’s simply an historical reality,” she said.

U.S. News & World Report, Aug. 18, 2020
10 nursing master’s programs with low admit rates
Meanwhile, at the 10 most selective nursing master’s programs, the vast majority of applicants were turned away. Each of these programs admitted less than 26% of their fall 2019 applicants, and the average acceptance rate among these programs was 19.3%. The University of California, Irvine accepted the lowest proportion of nursing master’s program applicants: only 6%.

American Banker, Aug. 19, 2020
JPMorgan Chase in talks to offer services in post offices: Report
Mehrsa Baradaran, a professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, has long advovcated for postal banking, but she said that a plan with a big bank at the center of it may not be the best model. “This is better than nothing — having JPMorgan team up with the USPS is better than the status quo — but when you look at what JPMorgan is doing, it may not provide the services that are the most essential for financial access everywhere, because they need to focus on the bottom line,” Baradaran said.

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