UCI News

The New York Times, Nov. 30, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: I Was Raped by My Father. An Abortion Saved My Life.
Michele Goodwin, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law writes, “On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi that provides no exceptions in cases of rape or incest. What’s at stake in this case matters to the countless girls and women who have been raped — including those who, like me, were raped by a father, an uncle or another family member. … Given the importance of the Supreme Court’s deliberations this week … I felt compelled to speak out.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

The Washington Post, Nov. 30, 2021
Racially charged trials were less politically polarized in the past
Michael Tesler, UCI associate professor of political science and John Sides write, “Our report shows that polarization on issues related to race, ethnicity and policing has continued to worsen. … Those findings suggest that the pervasive identity politics of the Trump era aren’t going away. Politicians, pundits and the public increasingly will continue to inhabit separate partisan realities over just about any high-profile incident involving race and criminal justice.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

TIME, Nov. 26, 2021
6 Lessons on the Future of the Metaverse From the Creator of Second Life
So there’s plenty that the current builders of the metaverse can learn from Second Life, both for better and worse. To look back—and forward—I talked to Second Life founder Philip Rosedale and Tom Boellstorff, an anthropologist who spent two years inside the virtual world at its peak and then wrote the book Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human.

The Orange County Register, Dec. 1, 2021
The guy who created Philanthropy Day has another idea: COVID-19 heroes
Douglas Freeman wants to turn the gratitude spotlight on key scientists from around the world who were involved in the development of the COVID-19 vaccines …. A website unveiled Tuesday, Nov. 30, at celebrationofheroes.com includes the names and contributions of the 11 scientists whose groundbreaking work will be acknowledged. … Honorees include UCI’s own Philip Felgner, director of the university’s Vaccine Research and Development Center and the Protein Microarray Laboratory and Training Facility. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Voice of OC, Dec. 1, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: LeBrón: Learning from COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Missteps, Keys to COVID-19 Vaccine Equity for Orange County’s 5-11 Year Old Children
Alana M.W. LeBrón, Ph.D., UCI assistant professor of Chicano/Latino studies and assistant professor, public health writes, “I implore my fellow public health leaders to turn a new page in the COVID-19 pandemic and apply the lessons learned from inequities in COVID testing and vaccines by working in partnership with and adequately funding trusted local community institutions to guide the design of local vaccine implementation efforts for our youngest children. This is the moment we have been waiting for – let’s do it right, let’s do it equitably.”

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