UCI News

KABC, June 6, 2022 (Video)
New UC Irvine study finds affordable housing increases property value and lowers crime
George Tita, UC Irvine professor of criminology, law and society, directs UCI Livable Cities Lab. The lab conducted a study, which looked at the impact affordable housing has on communities in the O.C.. … “We saw that robbery and assault went down after the housing units opened,” Tita said. In addition, he said they also added value to people’s homes by about $16,000. … The city of Irvine has the most affordable housing units than any other community in Orange County, according to Tita. “It just goes to prove that you can have a lot of affordable housing, and be voted the safest city in America for 16 years running,” Tita said.

Spectrum News 1 (City News Service), June 7, 2022
Orange County voters head to polls with plenty of choices
Traditionally, mid-term elections are difficult for the party with the White House, and it can be especially tough when the economy has issues such as inflation, UC Irvine political science professor Louis DeSipio said. But an expected Supreme Court ruling that may overturn abortion precedent and the mass shooting in a Texas elementary school have the potential to shake up the traditional narrative, DeSipio said. “Orange County is the perfect place to think about these things because it’s purple at this point and can go either way,” DeSipio said. “The redistricting didn’t narrow that in any way — on the national level at least.”

Eat This, Not That!, June 5, 2022
10 COVID Symptoms More People Should be Talking About
Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH Director and Founding Dean, UCI Program in Public Health says, “BA.2 is the dominant COVID strain in the U.S. right now, and we’re seeing subtle shifts in the kind of symptoms that appear early in infection. Runny nose is one of them, and it’s a symptom we’re seeing more of with BA.2 than past variants. Runny nose can easily be mistaken for seasonal allergies, the common cold, the flu, and other ailments. People should be aware of runny nose as a COVID-19 symptom, adhere to current testing guidelines, and practice preventative strategies like masking, physical distancing, and staying home when symptomatic.”

U.S. News & World Report, June 3, 2022
Exceptions to Abortion Bans May Be Hard for Women to Access
“It can be traumatizing to report any kind of assault,” says Michele Goodman, a law [Chancellor’s] Professor at the University of California, Irvine. “People who are victims of assault may fear retaliation from people who assaulted them in the first place – that’s certainly not uncommon at all. They may fear not being believed if they come forward. They may fear the impact that this will have in their community, amongst members of their family.”

The New York Times, June 4, 2022
Mourning Tiananmen’s Victims, and the Hong Kong That Was
“There’s this blending happening of the Hong Kong story and the Beijing story,” said Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, [Chancellor’s Professor],  a historian of modern China at the University of California, Irvine and the author of “Vigil,” a study of the clampdown in Hong Kong. “Hong Kong was where you kept alive the memory of what had happened in Beijing in 1989. But now June 4 is also keeping attention back on Hong Kong at a time when the world’s moving on from that,” he said. “It’s also becoming the commemoration of the Hong Kong commemoration.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

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