UCI News

The Washington Post, Feb. 28, 2020
Police are issuing fake warnings of meth tainted with coronavirus. Public health experts say please stop now.
Ted Gideonse, an [assistant] professor at the University of California at Irvine’s Program in Public Health, who specializes in substance abuse and public health ethics, said he doubts many would fall for the trap. But the problem with fake news coming straight from a police department is that these “stories end up getting lives of their own,” existing “in the underbelly of the Internet where people don’t actually question things.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 27, 2020 (Book review)
‘Dreamers and Schemers’ Review: Angel Games
In “Dreamers and Schemers: How an Improbable Bid for the 1932 Olympics Transformed Los Angeles From Dusty Outpost to Global Metropolis,” Barry Siegel tells the story of one of history’s more significant real-estate agents, William Garland. It’s the story of how Los Angeles came to be what it is, and how Hollywood mass culture came to include the sporting world. … Mr. Siegel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning feature writer for the Los Angeles Times and now a professor of literary journalism at the University of California, Irvine, skillfully portrays the drama in the athletic contests. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

Reuters, Feb. 27, 2020
Trans voters could be turned away in 2020 U.S. election, report says
Keeping trans people from voting could favor the Republican party that is more conservative than its Democratic rival, said Richard Hasen, an election law expert and law professor at the University of California, Irvine. “If you look at the demographics of people least likely to have an ID, they tend to be more poor or a racial or ethnic minority,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “These all correlate with someone who is more likely to vote for a Democrat.”

SupChina, Feb. 27, 2020 (Podcast)
Jeff Wasserstrom on music in protest and revolution in modern China
From the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 that ended the Qing dynasty to the Second Sino-Japanese War to Tiananmen in 1989 and Hong Kong 30 years later, songs have inspired and united people in protest and political movements in China. In this episode, Kaiser chats with Jeff Wasserstrom of the University of California, Irvine, about the anthems that have animated activism, and about Jeff’s new book, Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink.

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 28, 2020
Free Speech Challenges in Real Time
A University of California conference on free speech turned into a microcosm of the free speech battles regularly taking place on American college campuses after student activists showed up at the event in Washington Thursday and interrupted speakers to advocate for raises for the system’s graduate teaching assistants. … Michelle Deutchman, executive director of the center, told the students they could remain but could not disrupt speakers. She used the recommended language UC Irvine includes in its policy for “preventing and responding to disruptions in real time.”

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