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Daily Pilot, June 7, 2021
Part of Bison Avenue renamed after former UC Irvine chancellor
A stretch of Bison Avenue has a new name, courtesy of Michael Drake — also known as the current president of the UC system. “I’m incredibly humbled to be honored in this way on the University of California at Irvine campus,” Drake said in a statement released on Monday. “My family and I called UCI home for nearly a decade, and this means so much to us. UCI holds a very special place in our lives, and I’m so grateful to be remembered alongside my predecessors in such a meaningful way.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

One Click, June 4, 2021 (Podcast)
A Thin Line
Sabrina Strings is a sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine and she studies how racism plays into beauty standards, something she has experienced personally as a Black woman. She points out that society’s ideal body ignores the fact that women come in a whole range of shapes and sizes. “I think young Black women and I think also women across race are under constant pressure about their appearance.” [starts 16:08]

Yahoo News (AccuWeather), June 4, 2021 (Video)
What is environmental justice and why is it critical in climate conversations
Michael Mendez is an assistant professor at the School of Social Psychology at the University of California Irvine. He says environmental justice is a social movement that tries to rectify issues of environmental racism. “So the idea of environmental racism really emphasizes how low income and racial minority communities are intentionally or unintentionally targeted for disproportionate exposure to pollutants or degraded environments compared to the general population, mainly the white population,” [said Mendez].

Health, June 7, 2021
Millions of Americans Live in ‘Care Deserts’—Here’s What That Means and Why It’s a Huge Problem
Cheryl Wisseh, PharmD, assistant clinical professor, department of clinical pharmacy practice at the University of California Irvine recently conducted the first study on pharmacy deserts in Los Angeles County. The study found that areas lacking pharmacy access were characterized by greater poverty, higher crime rates, denser populations, larger numbers of Latino and Black residents, less vehicle and home ownership, less access to health professionals and lack of health insurance.

Orange Coast, June 7, 2021
These UC Irvine Neuroscience Doctoral Students Started a Movement
UC Irvine neuroscience doctoral students Elena Dominguez and Angeline Dukes planned Black in Neuro Week last summer as a one-time event. Little did they know they were starting a movement.

Previously “In the News”