UCI News

The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 7, 2022
How the Private-Equity Lobby Won—Again
Taxation of carried interest first became a political issue around 2007 after Victor Fleischer … wrote a paper criticizing it as a loophole in the tax code. The paper caught the eye of lawmakers, and then-Rep. Sander Levin (D., Mich.) introduced legislation to end the preferred treatment in the tax code. … “When I went into this, it felt like people were interested in making good tax policy,” said Mr. Fleischer … a tax-law professor at the University of California, Irvine. “And then the lobbying storm started up, and there was a lot of pressure put on members on both sides of the aisle.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

NPR, Aug. 6, 2022
How colleges are preparing for a new public health threat: monkeypox
At the University of California, Irvine, where all classes are back in-person, students in isolation work directly with their faculty members to decide how to learn remotely, says David Souleles, who leads the school’s COVID-19 response team. “Instructors are encouraged to have a plan for such occurrences in advance,” he explains. … At UC Irvine, Souleles says the school has convened a working group that includes representatives from the LGBT Resource Center. “We’re also consulting guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on reducing stigma in monkeypox communication,” he says.

The Orange County Register, Aug. 5, 2022
Will baldness soon be a thing of the past?
The follicles on your bald, shiny scalps aren’t dead. They’re just, sort of, sleeping. Researchers at UC Irvine liken those follicles to a sea of 3D printers, just waiting for the command to power up. And they’ve figured out how to issue that command, recently micro-injecting a protein that sounds a bit like “Scooby Doo” into mice. … “Scientists really care not only that things work, but how they work,” said Maksim Plikus, professor of developmental and cell biology and a study author. “Right now, we’re focusing on a deep dive into the mechanisms. But we are excited to the level that we filed for  a patent. And we’re thinking that it has potential for people.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 8, 2022
OC’s Innovators: Kenneth Chang: Digestive Work Reaches Larger Audiences
Dr. Kenneth Chang is keeping busy on his mission to create a colon cancer-free Orange County. Chang—the chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, the executive director of the Chao Family Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center (CDDC), and founder of the UCI Digestive Health Institute—has spent the last 30 years researching endoscopic modalities for stomach cancer, staging and therapy. … He plans to ramp up and showcase his work at UCI’s $1.3 billion healthcare campus sprouting up at the corner of Jamboree Road and Birch Street. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KCRW, Aug. 5, 2022 (Audio)
Is catastrophic news coverage fit for human consumption?
Since September 11, 2001, research psychologist Roxane Cohen Silver at UC Irvine, has studied repeated exposure to news about disasters. After the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, she says six hours of related news coverage created more acute stress than being at the finish line where the bombs went off. Most recently, the COVID pandemic has reinforced a type of addiction to bad news and even to what’s called doomscrolling on the internet. … Guests: … Roxane Cohen Silver, [Distinguished] Professor of Psychology and Public Health, University of California, Irvine.

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