UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, June 13, 2022
Anaheim Event Honors Pandemic Heroes
An honor roll of distinguished scientists from around the world was recognized for their part in the development and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines at the inaugural Celebration of Heroes gala. … The vaccine was created in just 10 months prompting many to call it the “10-month miracle.” According to Phil Felgner, Ph.D., director of the UCI’s Vaccine Research and Development Center, and one of the Celebration of Heroes award recipients, the feat was made possible by building on more than three decades of previous research on related viruses worldwide, as well as enormous funding and streamlined regulations. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

AP, June 12, 2022
Latino activism leads in grassroot efforts on climate change
Climate policy scholar Michael Méndez, author of the book “Climate Change from the Streets,“ said grassroots organizing is equally important. Méndez grew up the son of Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles County’s Fernando Valley, where he saw Latino neighbors fight against air pollution and dumping of toxic waste. “It’s not an abstract idea for us,” said Méndez, [assistant professor] at the University of California, Irvine. “For Latinos, climate change is about how to protect our families, our children.”

NBC News, June 10, 2022
Top research universities commit to boost number of Latino Ph.D.s, professors
Twenty top research universities have committed to doubling the number of Latino doctoral students at their schools by 2030, in addition to increasing the number of Hispanic professors by 20 percent. … Many of the schools in the alliance have demonstrated an ability to buck national trends. The University of California, Irvine (UCI) nearly doubled its number of Latino doctoral students as well as its Latino faculty in the last decade. UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman said in a Wednesday news release the school is committed to using the “distinctive characteristics” of the alliance to make “rapid progress.”

The Washington Post, June 10, 2022
What the gun control movement can learn from the antiabortion movement
David S. Meyer, UCI professor of sociology and political science writes, “Each new mass shooting makes gun-control activists more passionate and more determined, but they grow understandably frustrated when their efforts don’t translate into policy reform. Their movement can learn something — and take encouragement — from an unlikely source: the antiabortion movement, which is now scoring major victories after a very long struggle.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

Hyperallergic, June 12, 2022
Uncovering Hidden Spaces at UCI’s Open Studios
The UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts is focused on studio production and provides its students with a wide range of resources, including a motion-capture studio, several sound recording facilities, and the Experimental Media Performance Lab — a 4,000 sq ft black box theater and performance space with state-of-the-art technology — referred to as the xMPL. … The interdisciplinary mode of thinking at the program reflects the faculty, as current professors in the program include Ulysses Jenkins, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Monica Majoli, and Amanda Ross-Ho, artists all known for their fluid use of media.

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