UCI News

KCRW, June 8, 2021 (Audio)
‘A sacrifice for a generation’: China scrambles to boost its population with 3-child policy
China’s ruling Communist Party says it will now allow married couples to have up to three children. … Wang Feng, professor of sociology at UC Irvine, says China’s new three-child policy won’t be enough to save the country from a demographic crisis. … Feng says adults now face the pressure to have enough children to support the country’s needs, while weighing what it means to have a family to support.

The Hill, June 9, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: California comes to terms with the costs and consequences of slavery
Douglas M. Haynes, Ph.D., UCI vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion writes, “Last September, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill that provided for the formation of a task force to study and develop reparation proposals for descendants of slaves and those affected by slavery by July 2023. The task force has just begun to hold meetings. This is the first time in the history of the United States that a state has undertaken such a study. … California has established a precedent for the country.”

Parents, June 9, 2021
IVF is Cost-Prohibitive for Far Too Many Black & Brown Families-These Orgs Are Changing That
Michele Bratcher Goodwin , UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law tells Parents that “IVF costs are deeply prohibitive generally.  The high costs are particularly difficult for families of color and single individuals who disproportionately lack intergenerational wealth. Where others who want to use IVF related services may be able to access financial reserves-either their own or from family members-those types of options may be less available to families of color. ”

Texas Public Radio, June 9, 2021 (Audio)
Climate Change, Corporate Development Threaten Groundwater Wells In Texas And Across US
Amir AghaKouchak is an engineering professor at University of California Irvine. He studies the extremes of climate change. “Model projections of the future show that we may see events that you have never experienced, at least in our modern records,” he said. That includes the potential for record-breaking drought in some areas.

Ventura County Star, June 4, 2021
‘Breakthrough’ COVID infections rare in county
Genetic sequencing is costly and time-consuming. But it needs to be done, said Michael Buchmeier, professor of medicine and infectious disease expert at UC Irvine. “We need to know what’s going on. We need to what the variants are and what’s emerging,” he said.

Previously “In the News”