UCI News

KABC, Feb. 12, 2021 (Video)
Pharmacy deserts may limit COVID-19 vaccine access in communities of color
Help and knowledge coming from pharmacies is crucial in getting people vaccinated against COVID-19, especially in communities of color, according to Cheryl Wisseh, a health scientist and assistant clinical professor at the UC Irvine School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. … Wisseh and her team at UC Irvine, in a study published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, using the same pharmacy license data from the state, found two types of what they call “pharmacy deserts.”

Good Morning America, Feb. 12, 2021
Capitol siege, impeachment trial show how trauma hits people differently, experts say
According to Alison Holman, a health psychologist and professor in the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing at the University of California, Irvine, “A growing number of collective traumas have occurred in America, and last year was an absolute avalanche of cascading crises for Americans to cope with,” she said. “I think the Capitol riot has to be framed in an understanding that for the past few years, we’ve witnessed in America a growing amount of grievance and a growing amount of stress being expressed by the American population.”

KCBS, Feb. 12, 2021
Study: Police Officers Of Color Make Fewer Stops And Arrests; Use Less Force Than White Officers
Now, one of the first studies of its kind — published Thursday in the journal Science — finds that deploying officers of color as well as female officers could reduce shootings and improve how police treat Black residents. … Co-author Bocar Ba, an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine, said the data did not enable the researchers to attribute to bias the differences in police behavior. Racial bias could be a factor but further study with additional data is needed to fully explain the differences.

The New York Times, Feb. 13, 2021
Hillis Miller, 92, Dies; Helped Revolutionize Literary Studies
J. Hillis Miller, a literary critic who, by applying the wickedly difficult analytic method known as deconstruction to a broad range of British and American prose and poetry, helped revolutionize the study of literature, died on Feb. 7 at his home in Sedgwick, Me. He was 92. … One day he got an offer from the University of California, Irvine, inviting him to construct a world-class humanities program. Perhaps recalling the sort of intellectual architecture his father had built at the University of Florida, he said yes. … From his new base at Irvine, Professor Miller continued his defense of deconstruction …. Though he took emeritus status in 2002, Professor Miller did not slow down. He wrote another 15 books and sat on another 20 dissertation committees. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Orange County Business Journal, Feb. 16, 2021
OCBJ Insider
James Peterson and his wife, Sheila, also are co-chairs for UCI’s $2 billion Brilliant Future fundraising campaign; he tells [OCBJ’s Kevin] Costelloe they’re well on their way to meeting that mark. “I think we’re a little over a billion as we speak,” he said last week, noting that a good amount of the funds raised will be directed to medical areas. He’s still an optimist on reaching UCI’s goal, saying: “My guess is when we close the two (billion dollars), we just go for three, right?” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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