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AP, Feb. 24, 2021
2 hard-hit cities, 2 diverging fates in vaccine rollout
Some states and counties have taken different approaches to ensuring vaccines are fairly distributed to communities of color, but too many government leaders are reluctant to fully embrace the strategies as a necessity, says Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of the public health program at the University of California, Irvine. … “If the pandemic is a fire, the vaccination is the water,” Boden-Albala said. “You need to bring it to where the fire is burning the most, or you’ll never put it out.”

UPI, Feb. 24, 2021
COVID-19 patients protected from reinfection for 3 months after recovery
“As expected from other small studies, prior infection provides protection, though maybe not complete, from subsequent infection,” infectious disease specialist Dr. Donald Forthal told UPI. Recovered patients have some level of protection “for at least the time period of this study, or about three months,” said Forthal, chief of the division of infectious diseases, [school of medicine] at the University of California, Irvine, who was not part of the NIH research.

Good Housekeeping, Feb. 23, 2021
The Racist and Problematic History of the Body Mass Index
As author Sabrina Strings, Ph.D., an associate professor of sociology at UC Irvine, documents in her book, Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia, health insurance companies in the early 1900s linked “excessive” body fat with an increased risk of heart disease (and still do, even though current science says it’s not that simple). This was significant because insurers could use this information to determine a person’s coverage. Insurers could then refuse to cover the “overweight” while many doctors saw these “medico-actuarial tables” as a quick tool to decide who they’d take on as a patient, according to Strings.

Hyperallergic, Feb. 19, 2021
Six Black Artists Test the Limits of Portraiture
The six artists included in The Black Index, the new exhibition at UC Irvine’s University Art Galleries, could be described as working with another degraded material: portraiture. Invasive colonial photographs, racist iconography used as product mascots, stereotypical tropes in movies and television, the virality of Black death. … Curated by Bridget R. Cooks, the exhibition presents works that pursue knottier narratives of self-representation via drawings, sculptures, and digital technology. While traveling beyond the closures of the archives, they question the objectivity of photographs and how they double as instruments of containment.

Wired, Feb. 22, 2021
The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria
So when a mantis shrimp’s hammer smashes into a thumb or a clam or a crab’s face, any crack in its structure will propagate in a twist pattern, dissipating the energy throughout the material. … Neat, said engineers at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine, who’ve invented a clever kind of material based on the mantis shrimp’s clobber-sticks. … It’s a twist within a twist: They’ve been able to get minerals to grow within a 3D-printed shrimp-inspired Bouligand structure with the help of bacteria, of all things.

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