UCI News

Vox, March 10, 2022
Why it costs money to get your own money
“In this day and age, to participate in commerce, you have to have some sort of digital wallet, digital account. And in order to use any digital account, as in not cash, you have to go through a bank,” said Mehrsa Baradaran, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine. “And banks do not have to have all the customers.” … Baradaran is among experts who have advocated for postal banking, which would essentially turn the US Postal Service into a place that would also offer basic banking services like checking accounts, savings accounts, and payments.

Eat This, Not That!, March 10, 2022
Omicron Symptoms Doctors Say are “The Worst”
While every person who gets COVID reacts differently, there are symptoms that are causing challenges for many. Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, Director and Founding Dean, University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health who explained what the worst symptoms of COVID are for patients physically and mentally.

Broadway World, March 8, 2022
UCI Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art Announces 2021 Acquisitions of Works by Six Artists
UC Irvine Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art (Langson IMCA) announced six new acquisitions that entered the museum’s growing collection in 2021. The gifts of artworks represent a range of genres and mediums by artists responding to the California experience, dating from the early 20th century to 2019. Langson IMCA’s holdings of over 4,500 works span 19th century California Impressionism and plein air painting to Post-War and contemporary art. Langson IMCA Museum Director Kim Kanatani said, “These highly individual artworks greatly enhance and deepen our growing collection, enriching opportunities for dialogue, research, and presentation.”

Marketplace, March 7, 2022
The Fed’s instant processing service promises paychecks “within seconds”
Jack Liebersohn, an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine, pointed out that FedNow is launching at a time when public interest in cryptocurrency is growing steadily. “One promise of cryptocurrencies is to make money transfers between people easier. And so this might reduce the appeal of that, going forward,” he said. Liebersohn’s hoping that a system like this will lead to more innovation in payments.

Orange Coast Magazine, March 8, 2022
Kickass Women of O.C.: 2022 Edition
Alana M.W. LeBrón, Codirector of the UC Irvine Center for Environmental Health Disparities Research. An assistant professor of Chicano/Latino studies and public health, LeBrón researches how structural racism contributes to health disparities in vulnerable communities and collaborates with local partners to address those disparities.

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