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The Washington Post, July 4, 2022
Some activists lean on ‘motherhood’ for authority in gun law debates
As UCI sociology graduate student, Kaylin Bourdon, writes in a Monkey Cage piece for the Washington Post, “Mothers have been leaders in advancing such gun legislation. Research on social movements finds that activists emphasize certain qualifications to assert political standing and attract attention to their positions. … But activists use motherhood differently according to their ideological and social positions — as I found when I examined the positions of gun regulation advocate Shannon Watts and former NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, both of whom invoke their status as mothers in arguing for their points of view.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

Bloomberg, July 6, 2022
Here’s Where Car Payments Cost More Than Rent in the US
Car prices have soared as the global chip shortage continues to wreak havoc on inventories, and it costs Americans 41.3 weeks of income to purchase the average new vehicle, up 19% from the same time period last year. The US consumer price index, which includes used cars, increased 8.6% in May, the largest jump in 40 years. Used cars and trucks are up a whopping 16% from a year ago. Even with those increases, it’s surprising to see car payments topping rent expenses, said Jack Liebersohn, an economics [assistant] professor at the University of California, Irvine.

NPR, July 3, 2022 (Audio)Doctors weren’t considered in Dobbs, but now they’re on abortion’s legal front lines
Michele Goodwin, [Chancellor’s Professor of law], who directs the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at UC Irvine, says Dobbs and the state abortion laws that can now take effect single out physicians who provide abortions “for disparate treatment amongst various other kinds of care.” “That would be one thing if, in fact, these were very risky procedures that led to high rates of mortality, but, in fact, it’s just the opposite,” she says. Abortion is very safe, she adds, pointing out that pregnancy leads to death 14 times more often than an abortion. That means that doctors who provide abortions “are absolutely essential, actually, in the provision of reproductive health care,” she says.

Los Angeles Times, July 4, 2022
Researchers use AI to predict crime, biased policing in major U.S. cities like L.A.
Most machine learning models in use by law enforcement today are built on proprietary systems that make it difficult for the public to know how they work or how accurate they are, said Sean Young, executive director of the University of California Institute for Prediction Technology. … “This is one of a number of growing research papers or models that’s now trying to find some of that nuance and better understand the complexity of crime prediction and try to make it both more accurate but also address the controversy,” Young, [an associate] professor of emergency medicine and informatics at UC Irvine, said of the just-published report. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Spectrum News 1 (City News Service), July 5, 2022
OC COVID-19 hospitalizations, infection rates remain high
Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, told City News Service Tuesday the trend is not encouraging. Last year, the Fourth of July did not fuel a surge, but this year may be different, Noymer said. “This July, I wouldn’t rule it out because we’re dealing with such a more transmissible variant now,” Noymer said. The rise in infections is “pretty substantial,” Noymer said. “There’s a lot of COVID out there, but the fact we haven’t seen a substantial mortality is a good sign that things are working.”

Previously “In the News”