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The Washington Post (TikTok), July 20, 2022 (Video)
Variant Cover
In the first episode of “Variant Cover,” our new biweekly series on identity and comic book culture, fans and experts break down the backlash to Thor’s fat suit, the origin of most superheroes’ body types and of fatphobic ideas, and their impact on and off the screen. Featured: Sabrina Stings, UCI sociology associate professor.

Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2022
USC researchers identify symptoms associated with increased risk for long COVID
The absence of strict diagnostic criteria is also a major issue for patients attempting to seek treatment. At the moment, long COVID is considered an “exclusionary diagnosis,” meaning one that is given only after all other valid possibilities have been ruled out, said Melissa Pinto, an associate professor of nursing at UC Irvine who studies the condition. In the U.S., that can mean a long and expensive process of submitting to various tests and specialists. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Newsweek, July 21, 2022
California’s Trees Are Dying and Might Not Be Coming Back: Scientists
The co-authors of new research published in AGU Advances used LANDSAT satellite data to document how tree-cover changed in California from 1985 to 2021, being shrunk by wildfires, logging, and droughts. … Jonathan Wang wrote that California has lost 6.7 percent of its tree-cover over that time, while most of the loss occurred due to “mega-fires” since 2010. “The forests are not keeping up with these large fires,” said James Randerson [Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Professor] of the University of California, Irvine, according to a news release. Referring to the loss of trees, he added: “These are big changes in less than four decades.”

HowStuffWorks, July 20, 2022
Moore v. Harper: The Gerrymandering Case That Could Radically Alter U.S. Democracy
One problem with giving legislatures near-total authority in elections is that they themselves often are the product of gerrymandering, according to Charles Anthony “Tony” Smith. He’s a professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine and co-author of the books “Gerrymandering in America: The House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Future of Popular Sovereignty,” and “Gerrymandering the States: Partisanship, Race, and the Transformation of American Federalism.” Smith points out that gerrymandering of state legislative districts also has become so extreme that it’s possible in a place such as North Carolina for one party to hold power even if it isn’t supported by a majority of voters.

Chronicle of Higher Education, July 19, 2022
Can a Teaching Track Improve Undergraduate Education?
In 2018, [Jennifer] Wong-Ma took a job in one of those teaching tracks. She’s now an associate professor of teaching at the University of California, Irvine. A California native with extended family in the state, Wong-Ma found the move appealing for personal reasons. But the UC system also offered a track with features Wong-Ma didn’t have in her previous position. … That’s one of Brian Sato’s research questions. Like many teaching-track professors, Sato came up in a traditional discipline — biology — and segued into conducting discipline-based education research. Now a teaching professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at Irvine, Sato is investigating whether teaching-track professors in the UC system can be “change agents” on their campuses. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Click here: https://www.chronicle.com/, while logged into the UCIFull VPN]

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