UCI News

The New York Times, Jan. 18, 2023
They Rejected Diet Culture 30 Years Ago. Then They Went Mainstream.
In the fourth edition of “Intuitive Eating,” Ms. Resch and Ms. Tribole condemn America’s cultural focus on obesity as both racist and sexist. They cite “Fearing the Black Body,” a 2019 book by Sabrina Strings, [an associate] sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine, that argues that fatphobia is rooted in a history of white supremacy and patriarchy. In the United States, people are sold “stigma and shame” about their bodies, Dr. Strings said. With intuitive eating, she said, Ms. Tribole and Ms. Resch are among the voices “coming together to undo that oppression.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

NBC News, Jan. 18, 2023
After California’s deadly storms left towns and farmland flooded, residents are struggling to recover
“It’s going to take some time to reveal how bad this event is,” said Brett Sanders, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine. “Consequences of natural disasters can linger for years, and often assistance comes too late for disadvantaged communities.” Sanders is among a handful of researchers at UCI studying how low-income neighborhoods are disproportionately at risk for and affected by flooding. He helped develop a high-resolution flood modeling platform that can assess risk every 10 feet across the 2,700-square-mile expanse of the greater Los Angeles basin.

KCAL/KCBS On Your Side, Jan. 18, 2023 (Video)
“Buy now, pay later” warning
KCAL News Kristine Lazar discusses how the “Buy now, pay later” option online could hurt your finances in the long run. “If you miss a payment, the ‘Buy now, pay later’ creditor tries to take the money automatically from your bank account. If you don’t have money in the bank account, immediately the bank will charge you an overdraft fee – so that will be $35.00 – plus you also get a late fee,” said Ben Lourie, associate professor of accounting at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business.

Orange Coast Magazine, Jan. 12, 2023
What It’s Like To: Write About Your Health Blind Spots
UC Irvine English [Chancellor’s] Professor Jonathan Alexander survived an eye stroke that led him to look deeply at his health history as a gay man and write “Stroke Book: The Diary of a Blindspot.” …”What I tried to suggest in “Stroke Book” is that it’s hard for me not to think about this later-life health crisis as at least connected to this five-decade experience of growing up at a time when the cultural environment, the social environment, and even the political environment was extremely toxic.”

Daily Pilot, Jan. 18, 2023
A local comes home as contemporary ballet company BalletX takes the Irvine Barclay stage
Andrea Yorita attended UC Irvine, where she graduated with a BFA in dance performance in 2012 before joining BalletX. … But she admits contemporary dance was something she might never have explored without her training at UCI. “Going to college really opened up my eyes to the contemporary dance world. Had I not gone to UCI, I probably would have aimed myself at a more traditional ballet company,” said Yorita. “At UCI, I was so lucky to have been exposed to a large range of styles from classical ballet to modern to jazz … I don’t think I would have auditioned for BalletX had I not gone to UCI.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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