UCI News

The New York Times, May 18, 2021
Is B.M.I. a Scam?
Another problem with B.M.I. is that it was developed and validated mostly in white men, said Sabrina Strings, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. But body composition and its relationship with health can vary depending on your gender, race and ethnicity. “Women and people of color are largely not represented in many of these data,” Dr. Strings said. “Nevertheless, they’re being used to create a universal standard.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

KABC, May 18, 2021
Mask confusion: Different rules from CDC, private companies, LA County causing uncertainty
Experts say if you’re out for a walk away from crowds, you’re probably fine without a mask. But just being outside is not an excuse to ditch the face covering. “When you’re out in public, in crowded spaces, when you’re not moving, that’s a concern, right?,” said Dr. Jose Mayorga, [executive director for UCI Health Family Centers]. “You should probably don a mask.”

MSNBC, May 15, 2021 (Video)
Election law expert breaks down Democrats voting rights proposals
As voter-restriction bills continue to pop up across the country, lawmakers in Washington are sparring over federal voting rights legislation. Rick Hasen, [Chancellor’s] professor of law and political science at UC Irvine, joined NBC’s Joshua Johnson to discuss whether the “For the People Act” is the best way to address these voting-restriction bills.

New York Magazine, May 16, 2021
California Wildfire Season Is Ramping Up
And while the fire season is traditionally considered to begin in June, researchers at UC Irvine found in a study published in Nature last month that the “start of the wildfire season has also advanced to May.” The study also determined that in this extended fire season, the “overall fire frequency of all wildfires” has increased over the past two decades due to poor wildfire management and “the drying of forest fuels due to human-induced climate warming.”

Barrons, May 17, 2021
20 Minutes With: Dustlight Productions Founder Misha Euceph
As the founder of podcast studio Dustlight Productions, Misha Euceph [‘15] has helped bring the voices of Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and Bruce Springsteen to millions.  But the 28-year-old is also sharing less familiar stories. With Tell Them, I Am, … Euceph is spotlighting the lives of fellow Muslims. … Euceph’s audio career began at University of California Irvine, where she studied philosophy. A radio show she launched there, Dates and Other Mistakes, “interviewed professors about their love lives and expertise on love,” she says. “It was a total disaster, but it made me realize how much I wanted to get involved in every part of making a show, down to the cleaning-the-toilet-bowl part of it.”

Previously “In the News”