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PBS Newshour (CANVAS Arts), March 18, 2022 (Video)
Los Angeles exhibit features work of video art pioneer Ulysses Jenkins
Ulysses Jenkins is considered a pioneer in the world of video art, which emerged as artists in the 1960s and ’70s began using lighter and more affordable video cameras to create work and tell stories. One of the first Black artists in the field, Jenkins focused on stereotypes he saw in the media and popular culture, the — quote — “Mass of Images,” as he titled a 1978 video. … Now that work can be seen in the exhibition Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation at UCLA’s Hammer Museum …. Jenkins has been a professor of studio art at the University of California, Irvine, since 1993.

CBC, March 18, 2022
Walking like a dinosaur (or bird): This robot’s legs are designed for maximum efficiency
Scientists have developed a robot with legs inspired by the structure and gait of birds, which allows them to use fewer motors and consume less energy than designs inspired by human legs. … But Birdbot, designed by researchers at the Max Planck Institute and the University of California, Irvine, uses fewer motors and much less energy by taking advantage of the mechanical action of the bird leg structure.

Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2022 (Video)
How ‘hiya,’ ‘kapwa’ and other cultural values play a role in Filipino American mental health
Christine Catipon, a senior staff psychologist at the UC Irvine Counseling Center, sees the effect of utang na loob in almost all her Filipino students. They often feel pressured not only to pay their parents back for all they’ve done but also to support them for the rest of their lives. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Orange County Register, March 19, 2022
Laguna Woods Village beats the odds in COVID-19 pandemic
As of February [2021], 98% of the village was fully vaccinated, something Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health], an epidemiologist and demographer at UC Irvine, said likely explains the good results the community has had in fighting back against COVID-19. “When this started I was certainly concerned, they have a large concentration of older people,” Noymer said. “I give Laguna Woods Village high marks, we know the biggest risk is the age factor. Laguna Woods is doing better than the county.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

CNN, March 21, 2022
You can kick diet culture out of your diet, experts say. Here’s where to start
Much of the world is entrenched in ideas that controlling food and movement to get closer to an ideal body type is the way to go — even if it doesn’t lead to healthy choices, said Sabrina Strings, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. “The vast majority of the public is influenced by diet culture,” said Strings, author of “Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia.” “I think it is the overarching experience of our lives living in the West.”

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