UCI News

The Wall Street Journal, May 26, 2018
In Antibias Training, Starbucks Enlists Hip-Hop Artist Common, Chairman Howard Schultz
But there hasn’t been a long-term, longitudinal study conducted on such training within a large organization, according to L. Song Richardson, dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law. …  “The more challenging question is what institutional changes [Starbucks executives] will commit to making in order to reduce instances of biased behaviors. What safeguards will they put in place? What policies will they institute?” Ms. Richardson said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Voice of America, May 25, 2018
The Women of Rap
Charis E. Kubrin is a professor of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California Irvine. In 2009, she released a joint study with Ronald Weitzer. Their research examined misogynistic themes in rap songs. The study looked at over 400 rap songs from the 1990s. Out of all of the songs they examined for the study, Kubrin noted that only 13 of them were by female rappers. … She said, “The gatekeepers in this industry, are mostly men- and there’s challenges that occurred back in the 90s that we’re still seeing today…”

Backstage, May 28, 2018
25 Amazing Acting Colleges You Should Know
University of California-Irvine. What sets UC Irvine apart from other schools on this list is its offering of a drama major, as opposed to one in acting. … From Euripides to August Wilson, students at UCI’s School of the Arts receive a strong foundation in the sprawling study of drama and its role in society. The school also consistently ranks highly on the list of most affordable drama and theater programs in the country thanks to their generous and numerous scholarships.

Foreign Policy, May 28, 2018
Chinese Students Protest in America, Face Danger at Home
One participant at the University of California, Irvine sent a moving message: “I struggled for a while about whether to put those posters up because I was worried that I might get caught by someone who disagrees with my action. Yet, Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’ So I decided to take the risks because what Xi did is absolutely wrong, and people are being silent for too long.”

KPBS, May 25, 2018
Study Provides Look Into Native Plant Recovery Following Wildfires
“Our results demonstrated the resilience of native shrub cover to fire along with the susceptibility of dense native shrubs and native grasses to drought and increases in non-native species,” said study author Sarah Kimball, a researcher at UCI’s Center for Environmental Biology. “They also highlight that land monitoring efforts sponsored by institutions like The Nature Conservancy can help ecologists test hypotheses regarding long-term dynamics in community vegetation.”

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