UCI News

Orange Coast Magazine, Nov. 21, 2019
For Co-Founder of Startup Incubator, It’s All Fund and Gains
UC Irvine alum Peter Pham is co-founder of Science Inc., the startup incubator and investment firm behind companies such as Dollar Shave Club, DogVacay, and Liquid Death water. Born in a refugee camp … Pham reflects on his journey to becoming a key player at L.A.-based Science Inc., which has raised more than half a billion dollars to support entrepreneurs since 2011. “We came to America with nothing. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to go to college. Going to UC Irvine was a big deal. I was supposed to become a doctor.” Though he graduated with a degree in biology, Pham picked up a minor in business and decided against medical school.

The Washington Post, Nov. 20, 2019
Older voters really like Joe Biden. That’s good news and bad news for him.
Martin Wattenberg, professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine writes, “Joe Biden is leading in most Democratic presidential primary polls, and he has one group in particular to thank: older voters. In one recent Iowa poll, 31 percent of seniors supported him compared with a minuscule 2 percent of voters younger than 30. … This bring us to 2020 and to Biden’s candidacy in particular. Even if Biden can get the nomination without much support from young people, if 2016 is any guide, he will need strong support from young voters to win the presidency. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Psychology Today, Nov. 19, 2019
The Opioid Epidemic: Past and Future
[UCI Chancellor’s Professor] Zeev Kain and School of Medicine student Dina Khoury write, “A lot of society’s trust goes into the capabilities of modern medicine, and while the rise of prescription opioids was strongly driven by manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies, patients welcomed it. And when the patients have a demand, the pressure to fulfill these needs falls on the doctors.”

Latino Rebels, Nov. 20, 2019 (OpEd)
OpEd: Latino STEM Teachers, DACA, and the Future of Teaching
Adriana D. Briscoe, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at University of California, Irvine writes, “Months after reading Glenda Flores’ award-winning book, Latina Teachers, I couldn’t stop thinking about the teachers I’d had and the role they played in my becoming a scientist. I am one of a handful of U.S.-born Mexican-American scientists in evolutionary biology. Last year, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science honored me with the Distinguished Scientist Award for my research and for my efforts to promote diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).”

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 22, 2019
25 free art museums in and around L.A.
The only thing better than an afternoon of culture? An afternoon of culture that’s free. … We’ve rounded up a sampling of other art museums in or around L.A. that offer free admission year-round or on select days. … Institute and Museum of California Art at UC Irvine …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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