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Health, May 3, 2022
What Does It Mean to Overturn Abortion Rights? How the End of Roe v. Wade Would Impact Reproductive Health
About 26 states are expected to ban or restrict access to abortion the moment Roe is overturned. …  “Basically, abortion would become illegal in those states and you wouldn’t be able to access abortion within state borders,” Aziza Ahmed, JD, MS, a professor of law at the University of California, Irvine who specializes in reproductive rights, told Health. Ultimately, the overturning of Roe and Casey will not only drastically diminish reproductive rights, but it may also put the lives of pregnant people in peril. “Even while it might accomplish the anti-choice goal of decreasing abortion numbers,” said Ahmed, “it’s going to undermine the general welfare of women and people who need abortions.”

NPR, May 3, 2022 (Audio)
Abortion-rights advocates and opponents react to possibility of abortion restrictions
We now know that a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade is authentic. Chief Justice Roberts confirmed that today after Politico published the document. He noted that it’s not a final opinion, but if it holds, it would allow states to prohibit abortion. … Michele Bratcher Goodwin, a law [Chancellor’s] Professor at the University of California, Irvine, says the draft opinion would overturn Roe in one fell swoop. “It is an opinion that dismantles Roe full-scale, not the dismantling by a thousand strikes. It is a very strong punch to the gut of that opinion.”

Symmetry, May 3, 2022
Can a theory ever die?
Today, [Jonathan] Feng, [UCI Distinguished Professor of physics & astronomy], says he appreciates that theoretical physics needs a mix of people who are light on their feet and others who are more tenacious. “We want people who are nimble and can adapt to what nature throws at us next,” he says. “But on the flip side, academia is hard, and it rewards people who are stubborn and determined. We want people like that also.” … “It’s a real fine line to walk,” Feng says, “to be certain of your convictions and willing to stand up against a whole community that is telling you what you do is worthless, but also being able to switch when the data tells you something else.”

Popular Science, May 2, 2022
Farm workers exposed to climate change effects are demanding protections
Farm work is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. … Hotter temperatures and wildfire smoke exposure—both exacerbated by climate change—are making things worse. “Climate change is creating forms of disparate impacts to migrant workers, farm workers, [and] particularly, undocumented farm workers,” Michael Mendez, an assistant professor at UC Irvine who studies the impact of climate disasters on migrant farm workers, told Nexus Media.

The Orange County Register, May 1, 2022
Black artist Noah Purifoy’s legacy is Joshua Tree museum
In 1989, priced out of L.A., Purifoy retired to Joshua Tree, living in a friend’s trailer on the patch of remote property, collecting cast-offs and dreaming up assemblages of various sizes and scales. He died there in 2004. Joe Lewis knew him. An artist and UC Irvine professor, Lewis is president of the Noah Purifoy Foundation, a nonprofit that cares for the site and for Purifoy’s art. He saw a 1997 exhibit of Purifoy’s at the California African American Museum and found it transformative, then met Purifoy himself. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

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