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AP, Feb. 7, 2022
UC Irvine gets $55M for center on depression research
The University of California, Irvine says it has received a $55 million donation that will help develop a center on campus dedicated to research on depression, where experts will study causes and treatment of the disease. The money was donated by Newport Beach resident Audrey Steele Burnand, as part of her estate. The philanthropist, who died in 2020, earmarked the funds for the sole purpose of researching depression at the university, the Orange County Register reported Monday.

The Orange County Register, Feb. 7, 2022
Exhibit visiting UCI looks at ‘Americans and the Holocaust’
A new exhibit at UC Irvine’s Jack Langston Library examines an aspect of the Holocaust rarely discussed in the United States. “Americans and the Holocaust,” focuses on what Americans knew about the targeting of Jews and what more could have been done to help prevent the Holocaust. The exhibition is free and will be on display in the Langston Library lobby through March 9. … UCI is among the first 50 libraries in the country, and the only one in Southern California, selected to host the traveling exhibit …. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

CNN, Feb. 8, 2022
Supreme Court lets GOP-drawn Alabama congressional map that critics say dilutes power of Black voters stay in place
Alabama, in its arguments to the court, is asking the Supreme Court to “cut back significantly on the scope of Section (Two of) the Voting Rights Act in redistricting cases,” Rick Hasen, an election law expert, wrote in an analysis of the case last week. “A cutback could have major negative implications for African-American and other racial minority representation in Congress, in state legislatures, and in local bodies across the country, making it harder to require jurisdictions to draw districts where minority voters can elect representatives of their choice,” Hasen, a law [Chancellor’s] Professor at University of California, Irvine, wrote on the election law blog.

KQED, Feb. 7, 2022 (Audio)
As Climate Impacts Worsen, Planning for Disaster and Recovery Often Leaves Out LGBTQ+ People
When there’s a climate disaster, LGBTQ+ people are often more vulnerable because of intersecting factors like poverty and discrimination. New research shows efforts to prepare and recover from disasters often exclude queer people. KQED climate reporter Ezra David Romero explains. … “Michael Méndez is an environmental policy and planning [assistant] professor at UC Irvine … he’s one of a group of queer professors who has studied how existing disaster response programs can harm queer people.” … “When people are planning for social vulnerability, they totally discount the LGBT community …,” Mendez said.

WAMC (The Best of our Knowledge), Feb. 3, 2022 (Audio)
Study: Cash aid to new mothers increases brain activity in babies
With extending the child tax credit still a big topic on the news, a report from an ongoing clinical trial suggests that children of mothers who get regular cash assistance have enhanced brain development…and the more cash the better. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from one of the study’s authors, [Greg Duncan, Distinguished Professor, UCI School of Education].

Previously on “In the News”