UCI News

Orange County Register, Aug. 25, 2020
UCI launches ‘Black Thriving Initiative’ to improve diversity among students and employees
UC Irvine has launched “The Black Thriving Initiative” to address “systemic anti-Blackness as an existential threat to the mission of the university.” In an announcement this week, the university said the initiative will “promote Black student success, degree completion and advancement in academic programs, with a goal of making UCI a first choice for Black students.” UCI history professor Doug Haynes, named vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion, will lead the university’s new Black Thriving Initiative aimed at diversifying the student body and staff. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

STAT, Aug. 26, 2020
‘We do belong here’: The scientist behind #BlackInNeuro hopes to transform a Twitter movement into a lasting community
Angeline Dukes, who’s currently a student in the department of neurobiology and behavior at the University of California, Irvine, said it was “wonderful” to find a community of people who had not only succeeded, but overcome the same struggles she’d experienced. She wanted to found the movement in part because of her own struggles as a Black scientist — especially as she felt the mental health impact of the killings of unarmed Black people like Breonna TaylorAhmaud Arbery, and George Floyd earlier this year.

KPCC – Air Talk, Aug. 21, 2020
COVID-19 AMA: What we know about antibodies, U.S. expands flu shot access and more
In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Shruti Gohil from UC Irvine’s School of Medicine.

Cronkite News, Aug. 24, 2020
The ununited state of juvenile justice in America
Elizabeth Cauffman oversees the Crossroads Study, a multiyear, ongoing study based at University of California, Irvine, where her team studied how the system handles “tipping point” offenses – burglary, simple assault and other medium-level offenses. What they’ve found, she said, is that for juveniles who commit these crimes, the likelihood of being locked up is “basically 50-50. Some of those kids get probation or get some sort of diversion and some of those kids get locked up.”

The Star, Aug. 24, 2020
Why BMI is outdated and what that means for COVID-19
“The markers used to classify underweight, normal weight, overweight and obese were not always the ones that we have today and, in fact, between 1985 and 1995, they were changing quite a bit,” says Sabrina Strings, associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. “I have not yet seen any evidence that the BMI markers are rooted in empirical findings amongst a diverse population. I keep asking, ‘Where is the science?’” Strings has been researching the origins and impact of the BMI for years in relation to her recently released book “Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia.”

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