UCI News

The Orange County Register, June 2, 2022
Affordable homes don’t increase crime or dent Orange County property values, says UCI study
Any community that has considered where to build affordable housing has probably heard some version of these concerns: “If you put this in my community, crime is going to go up and my housing value is going to go down.” That’s the perception UC Irvine professor George Tita, who heads the university’s Livable Cities Lab, often hears – and a new study he and his colleagues just completed looks at affordable developments in Orange County to explore whether those assumptions are supported by facts. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

The Atlantic, June 1, 2022
‘This Is the Price We Pay to Live in This Kind of Society’
One study published in 2014 found that the more coverage people saw of the Boston Marathon bombings, the more such symptoms they experienced. Dana Rose Garfin, an adjunct professor of nursing and public health at UC Irvine and a co-author of the study, told me that some news consumers exhibited more symptoms than even those who were present at the Boston Marathon or knew someone who was, suggesting the power of being exposed repeatedly to the news. … Some people may get desensitized to the stream of bad news, but the general trend, according to Alison Holman, [nursing professor], Garfin’s co-author and UC Irvine colleague, is of “sensitization” rather than “habituation.”

The Academic Minute, June 2, 2022 (Audio)
Amal Alachkar, University of California Irvine – Why Parkinson’s Drug Improves, then Diminishes Quality of Life
Treating Parkinson’s disease is never an easy prospect. Amal Alachkar, associate professor of teaching pharmaceutical sciences at the University of California, Irvine, breaks down the issues with one method of treatment.

Los Angeles Times, June 1, 2022
How Johnny Depp was victorious against Amber Heard and what it means
“From a #metoo standpoint, it’s … bad and dangerous,” said University of California, Irvine law [adjunct] professor Susan Seager, a First Amendment legal expert who spent decades representing media organizations. “I just think that sends a bad signal to men and women or whoever is the abuser that, you know, you just can sue your victim and ruin them by bringing them to court for a defamation case,” Seager said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Shondaland.com, June 1, 2022
From the Closet to the Spotlight, LGBTQ+ Life Isn’t Easy on Our Health
In this essay, [UCI] professor and neuroscientist Sara C. Mednick discusses her firsthand knowledge of how harmful hiding LGBTQ+ identity can be. “My personal story of hiding, lying, and punishing myself with dangerous relationships and risky behaviors is the shared story of many who make up the LGBTQ+ community — and it’s killing us. But this isn’t just a historical tale about being gay during the dark ages of the last century. The ill effects are present now, and they may even be worse.”

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