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TIME, June 20, 2017
‘I Started at Zero’: How a Syrian Refugee Is Rebuilding His Life Through Education

World Refugee Day on Tuesday marks one year since the launch of Coursera for Refugees, an extension of Coursera’s online college class portal that’s aimed at helping refugees acquire career-oriented skills. More than 5,000 refugees have used the program, whose most popular courses include computer programming offered by Duke and the University of Michigan, an advanced writing at the University of California, Irvine, and Wesleyan’s “How to Change the World.”

Orange County Business Journal, June 19, 2107
Ophthalmology Pioneer Steinert ‘The Very Best’ (Subscription required)

Friends, peers and industry executives say Dr.Roger Steinert was “a giant in the world of ophthalmology.”  The former chairman of the department of ophthalmology at the University of California-Irvine, where he was director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, revolutionized laser vision surgery, also helping to foster UCI’s standing as the industry’s go-to academic partner.  Steinert died at age 66 on June 6, at this home in Colorado after years of battling brain cancer. [Link is not available, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Phys.org, June 20, 2017
Are current efforts to combat terrorism actually increasing the risk of future attacks?
In the article entitled “Social Determinants of Health, Violent Radicalization, and Terrorism: A Public Health Perspective,” coauthors … Mienah Zulfacar Sharif, University of California, Irvine, and … argue that anti-Muslim sentiment promotes discrimination and marginalization of Muslim communities, limiting their social resources and social cohesion, and perhaps making some individuals more likely to engage in radicalization and acts of political violence.

The American Prospect, June 15, 2017
In New York City, Fast-Food Workers May Soon Have a Permanent Voice
Payroll deductions have long been an important mechanism for creating sustainable funding sources, says Catherine Fisk, a labor law professor at the University of California, Irvine, pointing to labor unions and health insurers alike that have used them to generate automatic payment for services. “It’s even more important in low-wage worker sectors where there’s high turnover, because those people are often unbanked. They don’t have bank accounts or checking accounts; they operate at margins of the regular financial system.”

Insider, June 21, 2017
Goop just endorsed $120 ‘healing’ stickers that claim to ‘rebalance’ your ‘energy frequency’
“It is highly possible that wearers of the patches gain some real benefits, but it’s most likely due to the placebo effect — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing,” Shin Lin, PhD, a professor in the School of Biological Sciences at University of California, Irvine told Well + Good.

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