UCI News

The New York Times, July 8, 2022
A Month of Shootings, One on Top of Another
May 15: Laguna Woods, Calif. 1 dead, 5 injured. “It really is impressive how relatively low our rates of this kind of stuff is, in light of our population characteristics,” said Charis E. Kubrin, a professor of criminology at the University of California, Irvine. … Orange County, which includes Irvine and Laguna Woods, has a population of more than three million people, and almost half its residents speak a language other than English at home. More than half of its residents are Asian or Latino. Kubrin, who has studied the relationship between crime and immigration, has found that the two are inversely related. “Places that have the highest concentrations of immigrants have some of the lowest crime rates,” Kubrin said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

The Orange County Register, July 7, 2022
2 new wildly contagious variants keeping Southern California COVID cases high
“New variants come along and they outcompete the old variants,” said Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health], an epidemiologist at UC Irvine. He noted that the same thing happens with influenza, but it’s happening much faster with COVID-19, “just one wave after another after another of new variants.” … “Looking at the history of viral infection, people like to point out that many viruses start out with a huge explosion of disease, then gradually tone down so they’re just in the background, part of the normal cycle, like the common cold,” said Michael Buchmeier, [professor emeritus], a virologist and immunologist who just retired from UC Irvine. “We may be seeing that right now. We may be at the point it has evolved to not be as dangerous.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

National Journal, July 7, 2022
Abortion bans could mean more people are jailed for miscarriages
“The criminalization of Black women in pregnancy is something that dated back to the 1980s,” said Michele Goodwin, [Chancellor’s Professor of law], founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine. She is author of Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood, which looks at how states have used laws to incarcerate women related to their pregnancies, especially poor women and women of color. She said that prosecutors used child abuse statutes to charge Black individuals in relation to their pregnancies. “Often in these instances, these were women who wanted to carry their pregnancies to term and actually were seeking medical support,” she said.

Daily Pilot, July 7, 2022
UC Irvine receives $1.8 million from state to fund pilot B.A. program for incarcerated students
About $1.8 million in state funding will be allocated toward expanding a pilot program helmed by UC Irvine for incarcerated individuals to pursue a bachelor’s degree in sociology …. The program, Leveraging Inspiring Futures Through Educational Degrees, or LIFTED, is the first of its kind in the UC system, though similar programs have allowed prisoners to earn their associate’s degrees from local community colleges since at least 2015. … The funding is expected to close the “support gap” for students affected by the criminal justice system, said Hector Cervantes, director of the UCI Underground Scholars Program, in a statement. … Keramet Reiter, director of the LIFTED program and a UCI professor of criminology, law and society, said about 95% of prison inmates will return to their communities upon completion of their sentence. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Healthline, July 7, 2022
How the Supreme Court’s EPA Ruling May Affect Your Health
Shahir Masri, ScD, an assistant specialist in air pollution exposure assessment and epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine, said that, while the decision feels like a huge blow, it may not have any immediate impact on health. “That’s because U.S. action on climate change has been at a stalemate for decades,” said Masri, “and the West Virginia v. EPA decision essentially applies only to powers that the EPA isn’t even exercising at the moment. … He said it’s now up to the public to pay attention and make climate change an issue in the upcoming midterm elections.

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