UCI News

Daily Pilot, Aug. 19, 2020
‘A people’s project’: UCI professors and HBCU students archive the work of living Black activists
Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, UC Irvine associate professor of African American studies and Jessica Millward, a UCI associate professor of history, received a three-year $271,902 UC-HBCU Pathways Grant to partner with Morgan State University. The purpose of the grant is to attract and retain potential undergraduate students from HBCUs to UC graduate programs, where Black students are underrepresented. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Pop Sugar (Medium), Aug. 19, 2020
This curve model wants you to stop thinking the word fat is offensive — it’s not
Kendra Austin recommends reading Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings, PhD, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Through Strings’s research for her book, she identified that fatphobia has ties all the way back to the slave trade when eating and body size became characteristics of racial identity to differentiate between who were slaves and who were free.

Times Higher Education, Aug. 20, 2020
Is the coronavirus undermining the intellectual foundations of the university?
Universities and their values have been hugely successful in forging a central place for themselves at the heart of the information age. David John Frank, UCI professor of sociology and John W. Meyer consider how and why the pandemic might be putting that at risk. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Phys.org, Aug. 21, 2020
Research links Southeast Asia megadrought to drying in Africa
“In this study, we provide the first proof for a strong link between the end of the Green Sahara and Southeast Asian monsoon failure during the mid- to late Holocene period,” said co-author Kathleen Johnson, UCI associate professor of Earth system science. “Our high-resolution and well-dated record suggests a strong connection between Northern Africa and mainland Southeast Asia during this time.”

Voice of OC, Aug. 19, 2020
More OC businesses might be able to reopen soon, state officials slated to release new guidelines
UC Irvine assistant professor, Dr. Daniel Chow, said cases spiked after the first reopenings in late May and June. “One of the things that we did see is when we reopened is how quickly cases have soared,” Chow said in a Tuesday phone interview. “Overall, things are improving, however it’s important to remember to remain vigilant.” … UCI epidemiologist Andrew Noymer said officials need to move very slowly on reopening businesses, based on the case spikes caused by the first wave of reopenings.

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