UCI News

Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2022
Where does student loan forgiveness stand? Borrowers wait anxiously on Biden
“All hell will break loose if and when this thing is restarted,” said [Professor] Dalié Jiménez, director of the Student Loan Law Initiative at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, of resuming loan repayment. “This requires quite a bit of ramp up … to be done well.” Borrowers may have changed addresses, making it harder for their loan servicers to reach them, or they may have failed to budget for repayment, Jiménez said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

WalletHub, May 10, 2022
2022’s Cities with the Most & Least Student Debt
Post-college debts represent one of the biggest financial burdens to Americans. In fact, student loans make up the second highest form of household debt after mortgages, totaling a record $1.61 trillion. Jeanne Scheper, associate professor and chair of gender & sexuality studies at University of California, Irvine, comments on several topics including common mistakes people make when financing post-secondary education, what people should consider when applying for student loans, and the impact student loan debt has on the economy as a whole.

Marketplace, May 9, 2022 (Audio)
Should utilities rethink the power transmission model?
Brian Tarroja, [senior scientist, civil and environmental engineering], at the University of California, Irvine, said …. “What we should talk about is not so much the question of whether the grid is ‘ready for it,’ but what are the steps that need to be taken to accommodate these new resources?” he said. According to Tarroja, building the solar plants, wind farms and battery storage is the first part of the equation. Then states have to build the infrastructure to get that electricity from the power plants into people’s homes and businesses.

Healthy Women, May 9, 2022
Antimicrobial Resistance Is Bad News for Everyone, but May Hurt Some Communities More Than Others
“Sometimes patients do not have money for copayment of antibiotic prescriptions at the pharmacy, and they may reduce their doses or not take a prescription of antibiotics as frequently as recommended, so that they can save money,” said Oladele “Dele” Ogunseitan, Ph.D., an expert in antimicrobial resistance and stewardship and presidential chair and professor of population health and disease prevention at the University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health. “This is a very dangerous practice because low doses of antibiotics may be ineffective and more likely to generate antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”

Aeon – Psyche, April 20, 2022
What surfing says about the importance of serendipity in life
Aaron James, UCI philosophy professor writes, “The elated state of ‘stoke’, as surfers call it, is really a sort of celebration of what’s come to pass. … The act of riding a wave, a fortunate coalescence between skill and circumstance, is a sort of serendipity. And being open to serendipity, watching for it, celebrating it, and even bringing it about, is a meaningful way of moving through the world and finding more meaning in life.”

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