UCI News

Orange County Register, June 3, 2020
Phone pals? For UC Irvine med and nursing students, and older people dodging the virus, a call can be a lifeline

The old lady and the young man were strangers until early April, when they became phone pals. And while they might seem like an odd couple, they are among dozens of inter-generational telephonic matches made over the past few months that pair 20-something medical and nursing students at UCI with senior citizens in Orange County via a program for older adults who are isolated out of precaution. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Daily Pilot, June 3, 2020
UC Irvine panel discusses mourning, anti-black violence in response to Black Lives Matter protests, COVID-19

They began with Toni Morrison. “In this here place, we flesh; flesh that weeps, laughs; flesh that dances on bare feet in grass,” read Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, an associate professor of African American studies at UC Irvine, at the start of an hourlong discussion on anti-Black violence, racism and the act of mourning Wednesday. … The panel featured speakers Willoughby-Herard, Jessica Millward, an associate professor of history, and Sabrina Strings, an associate professor of sociology. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Vox, June 4, 2020
America needs to think more about the costs of policing

Emily Owens, a University of California Irvine economist focused on policing, said that this is one of the core problems she’s seen in police departments and much of the quantitative research around policing. When a new policing strategy is proposed, the key question is if it will cut down on crime. But there is little to no focus on the cost, whether to trust in the police, the impact on civil liberties, or in some cases even the actual financial expenses.

TIME, June 4, 2020
Defiant Hongkongers Commemorate Tiananmen Square Massacre Despite Ban

[UCI Chancellor’s Professor] Jeffrey Wasserstrom, historian and author of Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink, told TIME that it is possible to imagine a future for the city in which there are no more officially approved large-scale vigils on June 4. “If that happens, some people will surely find creative ways to keep the tradition of commemoration alive,” he says, “but in subtler ways than a big gathering at Victoria Park.”

Modem World, June 2, 2020
Tom Boellstorff: Teaching digital culture in second life

As reported in the UCI News by Lilibeth Garcia, because social / physical distancing prevents him from teaching in his usual environment – an auditorium located in UCI’s state-of-the-art Anteater Learning Pavilion – Professor Tom Boellstorff has created Anteater Island within Second Life, a place that allows him to continue to teach his course, Digital Cultures (Anthropology 128C), directly to his students without fear or risk of possible infection. … Tom made the move to using Second Life as UCI sought to moving its teaching activities on-line as a result of the pandemic.

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