UCI News

Healthline, July 19, 2021
Tennessee Stops Outreach Programs to Children for All Vaccines: The Danger That Poses
“As a physician and parent to three girls, it’s difficult to comprehend why we would not want to share with the public the benefits of getting a vaccine that protects against deadly viruses and bacteria,” said Dr. José Mayorga, executive director of the UCI Health Family Health Centers. … “As a parent myself, I cannot fathom the idea of placing my children at risk like this and hope that parents begin to realize that in order to end this pandemic, we need as many eligible adults and children to get vaccinated,” he said.

NPR, July 20, 2021 (Audio)
Former U.N. Adviser Says Global Spyware Is A Threat To Democracy
David Kaye, a former United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of expression, calls the private spyware industry a threat to democracy. Spyware often can collect pretty much anything on a target’s phone without them even knowing: emails, call logs, text messages, passwords, usernames, documents and more. … Kaye has been speaking about the dangers of spyware abuse for years. He’s now a [clinical] law professor at the University of California, Irvine. He talked with NPR’s Morning Edition.

KQED, July 20, 2021
More Heat Waves Coming, Scientists Say. But The Health Impacts Are Largely Preventable
“Mitigation is actually reducing how much greenhouse gases we are putting out into the atmosphere,” says Jane Baldwin, assistant professor of Earth Systems Science at the UC Irvine. “And hopefully at some point reducing the actual levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which would reduce global warming and in turn curtail these trends.” … “The good news here is that there is a fair amount of evidence that heat wave related health impacts, at least, are largely preventable,” Baldwin adds.

Yahoo News (The Conversation), July 21, 2021
Insulin was discovered 100 years ago – but it took a lot more than one scientific breakthrough to get a diabetes treatment to patients
James P. Brody, UCI professor of biomedical engineering writes, “I’m a biomedical engineer, and I teach a course on the history of the treatment of diabetes. With my students, I emphasize the importance of unrelated basic research in the development of medical treatments. The story of insulin illustrates the point that medical innovations build on a foundation of basic science and then require skilled engineers to get a treatment out of the lab and to the people who need it.”

Ms. Magazine, July 20, 2021
U.S. Acts Decisively to Protect Asian Americans—But Drags Its Feet on Protecting Black Americans

Claire Jean Kim, UCI professor of political science and Asian American studies writes, “In May, President Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law. … To understand the full import of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, we need to grasp not only what it says explicitly, but also the unspoken message it conveys. The unspoken message is that Asian American lives matter more than Black lives, and that the U.S government cares more about Asian Americans than it does about Black people. … In fact, the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act is part of a long historical pattern of the U.S. state favoring Asian Americans over Black people.”

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