UCI News

LAist – How to LA, Jan. 24, 2023 (Audio)
Monterey Park Holds a Special Place in LA’s Asian Community and Far Beyond
#55: A mass shooting sent shockwaves through the Asian American community of Monterey Park on the eve of Lunar New Year. Eleven people have died, and more are still being treated for their injuries. The tragedy left residents wondering how such a horrible event could happen in an otherwise idyllic example of what an immigrant enclave can be. Today on HTLA, we want to take some time to talk about the history and cultures of Monterey Park. Guests: Josie Huang, Asian American communities reporter for LAist; Yong Chen, professor of history at University of California, Irvine.

CalMatters, Jan. 25, 2023
Out of state, out of mind
“We didn’t want to be shipping California’s risk factors to other people’s backyards,” said Oladele Ogunseitan, a microbiologist and [University of California] Presidential Chair [and public health professor] at the University of California, Irvine, who was on the [California state advisory] committee. The panel didn’t explore what happens to the waste out of state, he added. … Ogunseitan said he understood the engineering of landfills has changed over the years and that modern designs are more protective. But little risk is not the same as no risk, he said, and contaminants can be a danger generations from now.

Tech & Learning, Jan. 25, 2023
A Minecraft Server for Grieving Kids
The server was launched in the summer of 2022 in partnership between two nonprofits Experience Camps and Connected Camps and the University of California, Irvine. The goal is to provide a safe, moderated, grief-aware online community that fosters connection year-round in a digital space. There is also a significant research component to the project to help better understand how to develop youth-centered, equitable and safe online experiences, says [Katie] Salen, who is the co-founder and chief designer of Connected Camps and also a Professor in the Informatics Department at UC Irvine.

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 24, 2023 (Opinion/Career Advice)
Opinion: It’s Time for a Professionalized Research University
Gillian R. Hayes, UCI vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate Division writes, “It is time to professionalize the modern research university. Ph.D. students without the guarantee of tenured positions will no longer tolerate years of training with low wages. For their part, undergraduate students deserve to be taught by dedicated, well-trained, full-time teachers. And the pace and quality of modern academic scholarship necessitate expert, full-time research staff. The modern research university must be reconfigured to acknowledge the reality of the academic job market for newly minted Ph.D.s and to ensure that the work of teaching and research is mostly done by full-time, expert professionals—not those who are still in training.”

Deseret News, Jan. 25, 2023
Your attention span is shrinking, but you can grow it back
Gloria Mark, Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Informatics at University of California, Irvine, wrote a book about the disappearing attention span. Her just-released “Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity” says that nearly 20 years ago, people averaged 2.5 minutes of focused attention when they were working online or doing something involving screens, before switching to a different screen. By 2012, that time span had shrunk to 75 seconds. And by 2021, it had compacted to a measly 47 seconds.

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