UCI News

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 25, 2020
Only 3% of UC Irvine students are Black. The ‘Black Thriving Initiative’ aims to change that
Calling anti-Blackness an “existential threat” to its mission, UC Irvine unveiled an ambitious plan Monday to intensify recruitment of Black students, faculty members and senior leaders and create a campus climate that supports their success. … “Anti-Blackness is an existential threat to our mission to be a place where all people can teach and learn and thrive,” said Douglas M. Haynes, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion. “We are committed to creating a national model for institutional transformation.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

AP, Aug. 25, 2020
Floyd’s death sparks new activism among communities of color
Solidarity among people of color has never been a given in the U.S., notes Claire Jean Kim, professor of political science and Asian American studies at the University of California, Irvine. “There are enduring tensions and conflict among all groups, including among groups of color, communities of color, because they’re not, in fact, comparably situated,” Kim said. “We tend to think, yes, they’re all subjected to white supremacy, but there are also differences in how they’re positioned, with Blacks clearly being positioned at the bottom of the racial order.”

Medpage Today, Aug, 24, 2020 (Op-Ed)
Op-Ed: Diversity is the answer to disparities in healthcare
Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, MD, MEd, vice dean of medical education and Carol Major, MD, co-director of the LEAD-ABC program and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the UCI School of Medicine write, “Over 15 years ago, the University of California, Irvine’s School of Medicine developed the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC), a mission-based program designed to train physicians who are uniquely equipped to address the medical needs of under-resourced Latino communities in Orange County. The first program of its kind in the country, PRIME-LC has recruited talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds and gained national accolades for its actionable commitment to diversity and inclusion.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Science, Aug. 24, 2020
Ancient megadrought may explain civilization’s ‘missing millennia’ in Southeast Asia
The researchers found that rainfall in the [Tham Doun Mai] cave was relatively steady for more than 4000 years before abruptly decreasing between roughly 5100 to 3500 years ago. That suggests the region may have experienced a prolonged, heretofore unrecognized drought that lasted more than 1 millennium ….  If so, it may have been part of a larger series of megadroughts that hit Africa and Asia between 5000 and 4000 years ago, says study co-author Kathleen Johnson, a paleoclimatologist at the University of California, Irvine.

Discover, Aug. 22, 2020
What good do brain games do? A virtual study is putting them to the test and you can help
“We and others have published papers suggesting that brain training works better for some people than for others,” says Susanne Jaeggi, associate professor and director of the Working Memory and Plasticity Lab at the University of California, Irvine. “But we don’t know the characteristics of those people it works best for. By training 30,000 people, we hope to find out.”

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