UCI News

The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 25, 2022
Covid-19 Deaths in the U.S. Top 2,100 a Day, Highest in Nearly a Year
“We know that deaths are a lagging indicator,” said Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health], an infectious-disease epidemiologist and demographer at the University of California, Irvine. “I’d want to give it a few more weeks before I take any victory laps, claiming that we’ve been fortunate on the deaths side.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

KCRW, Jan. 25, 2022 (Audio)
Babies’ brains light up more when their parents get cash with no rules, study shows
Principal investigators of an unprecedented collaborative research project called “Baby’s First Years” released a study showing that monetary support for low-income families impacts the brain development of newborns. Here to talk about what this means is Greg Duncan, Distinguished Professor at the School of Education at UC Irvine and one of the lead researchers.

The Washington Post, Jan. 26, 2022
‘Anxiety tech’ companies say their glowing orbs and audio-playing rocks will improve your mental health
Despite soaring demand for mental-health tech, there is still little oversight as to whether the products actually work, says Stephen Schueller, an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine and executive director of One Mind PsyberGuide, which reviews mental-health apps and digital health resources. … As long as people are buying, companies have little incentive to prove their claims, Schueller said, and meditation and biofeedback products are no exception. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

The Hill, Jan. 25, 2022 (Video)
Catherine Liu: the Professional Managerial Class creates societal problems
Catherine Liu, a professor of film & media studies at UC Irvine, joined Hill.TV on Tuesday to address the struggles for power and legitimacy among social classes that exist in our modern society. In her book “Virtue Hoarders: The Case Against the Professional Managerial Class,” Liu makes the argument that upward mobility remains an issue despite the generally accepted idea that anyone can build themselves from the ground up in current times. “It’s a problem when you have a class that hoards all of capital and legitimacy and cultural content to itself,” she said.

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 26, 2022
Usher in the year of the tiger with these L.A.-area Lunar New Year finds
Hu Ying, a professor of East Asian studies at UC Irvine’s School of Humanities, explains that the backbone of the holiday is the ancient Chinese lunisolar calendar. “The folk tradition of 12 zodiac animals and the cosmic scheme of five elements (metal, wood, water, fire and earth) are mapped onto the traditional Chinese calendar, so the water tiger comes up every 60 years,” Ying explained. … ”[The] water tiger is action-oriented. In a new-agey way, you could say it goes with the flow, with the force of least resistance.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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