UCI News

Texas Public Radio (The Source), Aug. 29, 2021 (Audio)
Dare To Listen: Know Your Rights In A Pandemic
You have likely heard an objection to COVID mask mandates or vaccine requirements – as a violation of personal liberty. But during a pandemic is there a right to not wear a mask? Or refuse to be vaccinated to work or to go to school? … What is the balance between individual rights and the community’s rights during the outbreak of a deadly disease? … Guests: … Michele Bratcher Goodwin, JD, Chancellor’s Professor and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine School of Law ….

Fast Company, Aug. 30, 2021
How innovation is challenging conventional assumptions about STEM careers
STEM training also can open unexpected doors. For example, Dr. Selma Masri, assistant professor of biological chemistry at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine, has drawn on several areas of interest—from biological clocks to circadian rhythms—to inform her work studying cancer. “I’ve merged these disciplines and fields together to create my own research concepts that I’m really interested in,” she says.

Forbes, Aug. 28, 2021 (Contributor)
Three Areas Where The ‘Amen-Choir’ Effect Will Hamper DEI Initiatives
As both the renowned French philosopher Bruno Latour and the UC Irvine [professors], philosophers and authors Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall have shown, opinions as to what is true and what isn’t are socially constructed and, as hiring decisions are being made, decision-makers will inevitably confer with trusted members of their social network. Because they already trust each other, they feel more confident that they are making the right decision. We are typically unaware of the bias inherent in this process, particularly if others around us share our opinions.

The Washington Post, Aug. 25, 2021
Crypto Doesn’t Have to Enable Tax Cheats
Many in the crypto industry portrayed the tax reporting required by the infrastructure bill as nothing less than an existential threat. There’s no such threat. As Omri Marian, an [assistant] law professor at the University of California, Irvine, put it, the industry is merely seeking to preserve an “unwarranted, accidental tax preference” that “enables tax cheats to, well, cheat.” Enhanced reporting will actually benefit law-abiding investors, providing greater certainty and convenience. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

MarketWatch, Aug. 27, 2021 (Column)
Extra Credit
When a philanthropic pledge is actually a loan. … Many of these promises aren’t straight up charity, but this isn’t surprising, given companies’ incentives: to do good, or at least appear to be doing good and not to lose money, said Mehrsa Baradaran, a professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and an expert on banking, financial inclusion and the racial wealth gap. “I don’t think that there’s anything cynical happening,” said Baradaran, the author of The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap.

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