UCI News

The Hill, Aug. 28, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: The arc of the Black protest tradition: John Lewis and BLM
Douglas M. Haynes, Ph.D., UCI vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion writes, “The late Congressman John Lewis was the last living speaker at the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 57 years ago. It is bittersweet that he died a month and a half before today’s planned Black Lives Matter (BLM) march. His message remains as relevant now; the BLM and the civil rights movements form part of the enduring arc of the Black protest tradition in the United States. At the core of this tradition are the demand for racial justice, the primacy of confronting racial injustice, and mobilizing a multiracial coalition to effect change.”

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 27, 2020
Merger of two Black-led banks aims to help break a painful cycle
While the hashtag has brought attention to Black-owned banks, banks actually make money off loans rather than deposits, said author [Mehrsa] Baradaran, who is also associate dean and professor of law at UC Irvine’s law school. “They don’t need deposits, they need lending opportunities,” she said. “Black banks need more capital. They need for these government programs to be helping them, rather than going to the big banks, big businesses.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Daily Pilot, Aug. 27, 2020
UCI law students secure compassionate release for 74-year-old veteran
“We were able to develop a narrative for him which really almost wrote itself in that he was a veteran, he served his country and was honorably discharged,” said Julienne Pasichow, one of the two UCI law students who fought for David Stringer’s compassionate release. … Pasichow, along with fellow law student Harrison Weimer, picked up Stringer’s case. Weimer, who will graduate with Pasichow next year, said the experience was one of the best he’s had at UCI. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Capitol Weekly, Aug. 24, 2020 (Op-Ed)
Opinion: Step therapy: Harmful delays and the patient may suffer
Rimal Bera M.D., psychiatrist and professor at UC Irvine School of Medicine writes, “If it’s that evident to everyone that step therapy causes potentially harmful delays, perhaps it’s time for policymakers to consider restricting the practice for patients trying to manage the impact of all harmful diseases – not just the novel coronavirus. … If this approach makes sense for COVID-19, shouldn’t it make sense after the pandemic and for other conditions too?”

The Athletic, Aug. 25, 2020
The ball is different again, and it’s changing the way pitches move. Now what?
Now there’s new research from Glenn Healey and Lequan Wang in the electrical engineering and computer science departments at the University of California, Irvine which shows that as the seam height changes, the movement on pitches changes. By using optical and radar tracking, and correcting for weather effects, Healey and Wang were able to graph the movement of pitches by season in major league baseball. … Healey’s new study has the benefit of over 700,000 pitches of TrackMan data behind it. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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