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Science, Feb. 12, 2021
The role of officer race and gender in police-civilian interactions in Chicago
Bocar A. Ba, UCI assistant professor of economics and others write, “Relative to white officers, Black and Hispanic officers make far fewer stops and arrests, and they use force less often, especially against Black civilians. These effects are largest in majority-Black areas of Chicago and stem from reduced focus on enforcing low-level offenses, with greatest impact on Black civilians. Female officers also use less force than males, a result that holds within all racial groups. These results suggest that diversity reforms can improve police treatment of minority communities.”

The New York Times, Feb. 11, 2021
Twitter vs. India
I spoke with David Kaye, a [UCI] law professor, former U.N. special rapporteur on free expression and author of “Speech Police,” about Twitter’s decisions in India, how they may reverberate and the consequences of a few tech companies setting the rules of global discourse. Shira [Ovide]: “Do you think Twitter is making the right call?” Kaye: “Yes. Twitter is essentially saying that it won’t comply with orders it considers inconsistent with Indian law and that violate people’s human right to free expression.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

AP, Feb. 12, 2021
How does California distribute scarce vaccines?
Andrew Noymer, a public health professor at the University of California, Irvine, said it’s logical for LA officials to temporarily shutter Dodger Stadium amid the ongoing scarcity. “I don’t think keeping Dodger Stadium open makes sense if the amount of vaccine that they have could just as easily be done in a high school gymnasium or something,” he said. “But you do have to wonder, for a county as populous as LA and as hard hit as LA has been, where is the vaccine?” “There hasn’t been enough transparency, in my opinion, on doses,” he added.

Investors’ Chronicle, Feb. 11, 2021
Dangerous stories
Secondly, whether a story spreads or not isn’t a matter of whether it’s true or not. … David Hirshleifer, [Distinguished Professor of business], at the University of California, Irvine gives an example of this. We all like to talk about our successes more than our failures. This gives listeners an exaggerated sense of how easy it is to make money from picking stocks, and especially from speculative stocks. The upshot is that they favour active stock picking over passive investment, and speculative stocks over defensive ones – both of which are often errors. We must ask, therefore: is this story representative of the truth, or is it instead a biased sample of what’s really happening?

LA Weekly, Feb. 11, 2021
The Black Index and the agency of representation
In the ongoing, intensifying quest for true social equity, curator Bridget R. Cooks’ exhibition The Black Index makes the case for examining the volatile intersection of not only who is represented in visual culture but by whom they are depicted. In other words, as this remarkable exhibition posits, it is not enough that images of Black people are produced by artists and creatives — it specifically matters that it be Black artists who make them. Cooks, a UC Irvine associate professor of African American studies and art history, organized and curated the exhibition, which debuts at UCI …

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