UCI News

Marketplace, Nov. 9, 2021 (Audio)
Friendly breakup: After 129 years, GE plans future as 3 smaller companies
In the early 2000s, GE had a market value of more than $500 billion, per John Joseph, [a business school associate] professor of strategy at the University of California, Irvine. “It was one of the most valuable companies on the planet at that time,” he said. But then GE made some moves that did not pan out: It invested in financial services. Then came the financial crisis. … GE is not the only corporate behemoth to go this route. Hewlett-Packard did it, as did IBM and Siemens. It’s a trend, per John Joseph, because smaller companies have more flexibility. “They can kind of pursue their own destiny,” he said.

The Academic Minute, Nov. 10, 2021
Mahtab Jafari, University of California Irvine – Student Stress and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The pandemic has taken a toll on mental health. Mahtab Jafari, professor in the school of pharmacy & pharmaceutical sciences at the University of California, Irvine, explores the effects. … “A team of researchers at UCI conducted a survey study on about 600 students from UCI and UCLA. What we learned from this work can help us to only be more prepared should another epidemic or pandemic take place but to also help our students now.”

CalMatters, Nov. 10, 2021
COVID misinformation plagues California’s Indigenous speakers
Michael Méndez, [an assistant] professor of environmental policy at the University of California, Irvine who studies how the lack of focus on Indigenous immigrant communities in wildfire planning exacerbates inequality, said this plays into a “Latinization” of these groups, which are often seen as Latinos despite distinct languages and cultures. … “Not having appropriate — culturally, linguistically — disaster planning and response can mean life or death for many of these Indigenous communities,” Méndez said.

SHEFINDS, Nov. 7, 2021
4 High-Sodium Snack Foods No One Should Be Eating Anymore Because They Cause Bloating & Acid Reflux
“A diet habitually high in sodium intake leads to higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and eye problems—particularly in people with elevated blood pressure and who are salt sensitive,” says Andrew Odegaard, Ph.D., associate professor [of health sciences] ., for the University of California, Irvine. … “The best approach for limiting high sodium foods would be to emphasize foods in your diet pattern you prepare yourself, or are minimally processed with sodium additions, as this is what one can control on the individual level.”

Perspectives on History, Nov. 10, 2021
Gaps, plots, and narration
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history at UCI writes, “As historians, we are often asked how we became interested in history and our specific fields—in my case, Chinese studies. The preceding story is one of my responses. But as with all storytelling, I have highlighted some things and left others out. … I assign fiction to draw attention to the way all creators of historical narratives make decisions about plotting that have consequences.”

Previously “In the News”