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The Wall Street Journal, March 9, 2022
Tinder Adds Background Checks to Its Dating App
While some Tinder users may benefit from learning potentially important information about a date, false positives or lack of data in some results are also likely to make some people fearful, said Naomi F. Sugie, associate professor of criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine. Background checks are often inaccurate and definitions of certain crimes, including sexual offenses, vary from state to state, so it is up to recipients of reports to understand the nuances of violations, Prof. Sugie said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Hyperallergic, March 7, 2022
Ulysses Jenkins, a Daring Video Artist, Expanded Ideas of Blackness
Born and raised in Los Angeles, [Ulysses] Jenkins, [art] professor at University of California, Irvine, is the subject of Without Your Interpretation, the first career retrospective dedicated to the influential video artist whose collaborative works integrate performance, poetry, music, history, surrealism and more. On view at the Hammer Museum following its debut at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, last year, the solo exhibition is curated by Erin Christovale and Meg Onli, and contextualizes 50 years of performances, videos, public broadcasts, writing, and other media.

The Atlantic, March 8, 2022
How did this many deaths become normal?
The two years that were shaved off of the average life span undid two decades of progress in health, but in 2000, “it didn’t feel like we were living under a horrible mortality regime,” Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health] at UC Irvine, told me. “It felt normal.” … [He] thinks that COVID will kill fewer people per year than it has in the past two, but will probably still be more lethal than the flu, which sets a plausible and very wide range of somewhere between 50,000 and 500,000 annual deaths.

USA Today, March 8, 2022 (Special Edition)
Doctor’s Orders
The most highly used medication for COVID treatment of fever both in and out of the hospital is acetaminophen,” says Dr. Jonathan Watanabe, a professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of California, Irvine. … Immunomodulators will likely play a larger role in the not-too distant future,” predicts Watanabe, who says doctors will embrace a “precision medicine” approach to COVID-19 as the virus continues to mutate and eventually transitions from pandemic to endemic status. “It may be an array of options to select from for different patients or used in concert that gets to appropriate management in the long term.” [Starts page 16]

Orange Coast Magazine, March 8, 2022
Kickass Women of O.C.: 2022 Edition
Jun Wu, Codirector of the UC Irvine Center for Environmental Health Disparities Research [and professor of public health]. Wu’s expertise is in environmental engineering and environmental health, and she is a force of nature herself. With the center, she aims to harness UC Irvine experts from a range of disciplines—including engineering, medicine, urban planning, and anthropology—and to tap community collaborators not only in Orange County but also across Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.

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