UCI News

The New York Times, June 26, 2022 (Opinion)
Opinion: No, Justice Alito, Reproductive Justice Is in the Constitution
Michele Goodwin, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law writes, “Justice Samuel Alito’s claim, that there is no enumeration and original meaning in the Constitution related to involuntary sexual subordination and reproduction, misreads and misunderstands American slavery, the social conditions of that enterprise and legal history. It misinterprets how slavery was abolished, ignores the deliberation and debates within Congress, and craftily renders Black women and their bondage invisible.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Orange County Business Journal, June 27, 2022
OCBJ Insider
A $20 million gift from Joe C. Wen and his family was recently announced for a forthcoming outpatient clinical facility at the new UCI Health-Irvine medical complex going up along Jamboree Road. It’s the largest gift to UCI Health by a donor under age 50, officials say. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Financial Times, June 26, 2022
Covid in China: Xi’s fraying relationship with the middle class
Samantha Vortherms, a China expert [and assistant professor of political science] at the University of California, Irvine, notes that in factories across the world’s second-biggest economy local staff are considered the “core employee base”. China’s 380mn itinerant migrant workers are “periphery”, she says, which means they are the first to be laid off when companies are hit by downturns, a problem exacerbated by unequal access to social security provisions. “Migrant workers are much less likely to have formal labour contracts that allow them to pay into social insurance schemes that protect them if unemployed,” she says. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ft]

The Guardian, June 25, 2022
Democrats hope to tap anger over Roe in November midterms – will it work?
Kelsy Kretschmer, professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and co-author of a study examining women’s voting patterns, says it’s not clear that the decision will be help Democrats in a measurable way. “A significant proportion of white women are conservative and form the backbone of the pro-life movement and this is the thing they often care the most about. For Democrats, if you lose half of white women, you don’t have a winning majority of women,” she said.

GRID, June 27, 2022
Why the crypto crash is fueling calls for regulation
“It’s going to lead to more regulation, especially because you have this awful mix of whatever is going to happen with this very uncertain economy, coupled with all of the marketing of crypto that’s happening right now to vulnerable and minority communities, all the celebrity endorsements,” said Bill Maurer, director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion [and dean of the School of Social Sciences] at the University of California, Irvine. “The thing is, if regulation is going to happen, it better happen fast.” … “One of the foundational mythologies of crypto is that you’re going to have this private money and finance that is unregulated and yet still secure, because of the technological workaround,” Mehrsa Baradaran, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law and author of “The Color of Money” and “How the Other Half Banks.”

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