UCI News

Daily Pilot, Aug. 4, 2021
Following attacks on voting rights and election process, UCI opens free speech and fair elections center
A pair of UC Irvine professors have started an academic center that will focus on the two most important tenets of democratic societies — fair elections and free speech. The aptly named Fair Elections and Free Speech Center will host public events, publish reports and provide legal support to the university’s law clinics, while also focusing on international threats to democratic elections and speech issues. … [Clinical professor of law David] Kaye is co-directing the center along with UC Irvine law [Chancellor’s] professor Rick Hasen, one of the country’s leading election law scholars. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Texas Public Radio, Aug. 3, 2021 (Podcast)
Are Vaccine Mandates Necessary To Curb The Spread Of Delta And Other Variants?
Conflict over mask and vaccine requirements have surfaced in workplaces, schools, supermarkets and voting booths. What is fueling U.S. vaccine hesitancy and hostility? Why do many people consider mask and vaccine requirements an infringement on their personal freedoms rather than a tool to mitigate negative public health outcomes? Guests: Michele Bratcher Goodwin, J.D., Chancellor’s Professor and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine School of Law ….

Spectrum News 1 (City News Service), Aug. 4, 2021
OC School Board to Sue Newsom Over Mask Rule for Students
Dr. Dan Cooper of UC Irvine’s Institute for Immunology, who has been active in the university’s COVID-19 pandemic research, disputed the board’s statement that children are not at risk from the coronavirus. “That’s a falsehood, that’s incorrect,” the pediatrician told City News Service. “We’ve learned that children are at risk of COVID. Yes, it’s a milder disease, but to say they’re not at risk is a crime. It’s a lie.” … Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, said it is not true that children are not a vector for COVID-19.

The Guardian, Aug. 5, 2021
The last humanist: how Paul Gilroy became the most vital guide to our age of crisis
In recent years, the appeal of an academic current known as Afropessimism has brought home just how untimely [Paul] Gilroy’s ideas are. Its best-known proponent, Frank B Wilderson III, [African American Studies professor], at the University of California, Irvine, contends that black people are viewed by all other people, including people of colour, consciously or not, as outside humanity. The result is that they are subject to a “gratuitous” violence that is unlike any other type of racism. To Wilderson, slavery is not a thing of the past – in fact, it has never really ended.

Fatherly, Aug. 3, 2021
This Simple Trick Will Help You Be Happier Immediately
The longer you talk, the more it becomes about you. Share credit where it’s due, but don’t resort to false modesty. “The key word is genuine,” [Harry Reis] says. That can be hard to pull off when the news is only about you, so Jessica Borelli, associate professor of psychological science at University of California, Irvine, says to look for ways to stress the importance of the relationship. Whether it’s through words or actions, you relay that, “This doesn’t mean as much until I tell you.”

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