UCI News

BBC, Feb. 26, 2021 (Audio)
Has Covid rolled back democratic rights?
So what are governments trying to get away with under the cover of Covid? How have the changes taken away democratic rights, and can the trends be reversed? Ritula Shah and a panel of guests discuss dissent in the time of Covid. Contributors – David Kaye – Professor of law, University of California, Irvine; former UN Special Rapporteur on protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

Precinct Reporter, Feb. 25, 2021
The HBCU oasis at UCI: Center for Black Cultures, Resources & Research
Knowing the numerous variations of blackness, of skin tones, of ideology and backgrounds, Dr. Adisa Ajamu [UCI Director, Center for Black Cultures, Resources, and Research] set out to make a home away from home at UCI that, in some ways, resembles his alma mater. Probably the most important thing that his HBCU provided was a safe space for students to be loved on, supported and nurtured. “I did my Ph.D. at Howard University, and my goal was to see how close can we come to an HBCU experience at UCI?” he laughs.

Science, Feb. 25, 2021
New, more inclusive journal policies ease author name changes on published papers
Still, it’s clear that “the consensus is shifting—the publishing world has taken notice of the fact that this is an area that they have fallen down on,” says Theresa Tanenbaum, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, who is transgender and worked with the Association for Computing Machinery to update their name change policy in 2019. Tanenbaum says discreet name changes are particularly important for trans scientists, who may be subject to discrimination, violence, and persecution. It’s not a frivolous issue, she says; it’s a matter of “maintaining the livelihood and safety and privacy of a vulnerable population.”

Voice of OC, Feb. 25, 2021
College Arts Programs Display Pliancy, Resilience While Navigating Pandemic Restrictions to Bring Arts to Audiences
One of the obvious shortcomings of creating remotely is a lack of tools to create with. But the UC Irvine’s Department of Dance has found ways to give its students the resources they need. “We’ve actually sent pieces of ballet flooring to ballet dancers’ homes, 4 by 4 (foot) floor pieces so that they can work on point, not in garages, etc., because we don’t want any injuries,” said Stephen Barker, dean of the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts. “We actually had small ballet bars made so that the ballet students could actually work at the bar.” … The Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ theme for this year is arts and well-being.

MedPage Today, Feb. 25, 2021
#BlackInNeuro: How a Hashtag Forged Community for Black Scientists
Amid national outcry for racial justice last summer, neuroscience graduate student Angeline Dukes yearned for a sense of community among Black scholars in her field. So in early July, Dukes, a fourth-year PhD student at the University of California Irvine who is Black, tweeted, “Sooo when are we doing a #BlackInNeuro week?” The response to her call was immediate.

Previously “In the News”