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Orange County Register, July 21, 2020
UCI reports blockbuster year for research funding, receives $529 million
UCI netted $529 million in grants and contracts for research last year, which “surpasses our campus strategic plan goal of $500 million while accelerating UCI’s ascent among its Association of American Universities peers as a world-class research university,” UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman said in a press release. Among the areas that have won funding are health sciences fields, which include research on cancer and Alzheimer’s disease; and new centers focused on materials research and protection of personal data, both supported by the National Science Foundation.[Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Washington Post, July 21, 2020
Most people in the United States are still susceptible to the coronavirus, CDC study finds
Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine, said epidemiologists have believed for some time that there are about 10 times more total infections than confirmed cases. That assumption, he said is “baked into the cake of current policies.” Nonetheless, he said, “it is always important to back up our working assumptions with actual studies.”

National Review, July 20, 2020
Cash caches enjoying their moment (and rightly so)
Bill Maurer, an anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine, who studies payments, calls the decision to withdraw cash “contextually rational”. It’s not that people are worried about how the Fed distributes cash, he says. It’s that, as in any disaster, people are worried about everything else — the electrical grid, or the mobile network…. Holding on to a stack of bills, says Prof Maurer, is “the recognition that in a pinch I can use cash and it will work with anybody. I don’t need a point of sale terminal.

HuffPost, July 20, 2020
The BMI scale is racist and useless. Here’s how to measure health instead.
While the BMI has countless failings as a reliable tool, racism is chief among them, said Sabrina Strings, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine. “It is racist, and also sexist, to use mostly white men within your study population and then try to extrapolate that and create norms and expectations for women and people of color,” Strings told HuffPost. “They have not been included in the initial clinical analyses, and therefore their actual health outcomes cannot be determined by these findings.”

SF Weekly, July 20, 2020
SFMOMA grapples with accusations of racism
Linked to these other actions, SFMOMA’s developments can be understood as part of a nationwide dialogue and a nationwide reconciliation of change against the backdrop of the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, art historian Bridget R. Cooks tells SF Weekly. “It’s a day of reckoning that has come to so many museums,” says Cooks, an associate professor in the Department of Art History and the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

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