UCI News

Daily Pilot, Jan. 12, 2021
UC Irvine receives $10.4-million donation for art history, center for inclusive computing
UC Irvine announced Tuesday that it received a $10.4-million gift from the Steckler Charitable Fund to be put toward art history students and establishing a center to make computing inclusive. About $5 million will be donated to the Center for Responsible, Ethical and Accessible Technologies in the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences. The remaining almost $5.4 million will be allocated to endowed funds for the support of graduate and undergraduate students studying art history. … “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for UCI, and I’m excited to leverage the funding match for the graduate fellowships because it offers such a high return on investment,” Steckler said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Forbes, Jan. 10, 2021 (Contributor)
The Meaning Of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Holiday In 2021
Douglas Haynes, UCI vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion writes, “Monday, January 18 marks the 35th anniversary of the federal holiday in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Signed into law in 1983 and first observed in 1986, the holiday is a deserving tribute to King for advancing civil rights and social justice through non-violent protest. … 53 years after King’s death, the promised land where Black people “take their rightful place on earth,” remains elusive. … On this MLK Day let us all re-dedicate ourselves to building a promised land where Black protest and sacrifice are not a requirement to live in the United States.”

Wired, Jan. 13, 2021
The Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Faces a Two-Shot Problem
Andrew Noymer, a medical demographer and associate professor of population health and disease prevention at the University of California, Irvine, who criticized the Biden officials’ plan on Twitter, adds: “We’re in the situation we’re in right now because everything that could go wrong has gone wrong—with testing, with contact tracing, and so on. The idea that we’re going to get this all sorted out in three weeks, when those second doses are due, is a fantasy. It’s playing with fire.”

Hyperallergic, Jan. 13, 2021
Your Concise Los Angeles Art Guide for January 2021
The Black Index
When: January 14–March 20
Where: online at Contemporary Arts Center Gallery at University of California, Irvine

Curated by Bridget R. Cooks, an associate professor in the departments of African American Studies and Art History at UC Irvine, The Black Index aims to challenge and disrupt viewers’ preconceptions around Black representations — questioning, for instance, “our reliance on photography.” A virtual tour will be posted to the website following the opening of the exhibition and there will be a host of virtual talks with the featured artists throughout January and February.

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, Jan. 12, 2021 (Podcast)
How Fair is Banking? with Professor Mehrsa Baradaran
This week on Getting Curious, we’re following the money to better understand banking in America and the history of the country’s racial wealth gap. Professor Mehrsa Baradaran joins Jonathan to discuss banking deserts, overdraft fees, home loans, and more. (Like, what are capital gains, even?!) Mehrsa Baradaran is a professor of law and associate dean at UC Irvine School of Law specializing in banking law and financial inequality. She is the author of How the Other Half Banks and The Color of Money.

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