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The Atlantic, Nov. 28, 2020
American Museums Are Going Through an Identity Crisis
Kim Kanatani, the director of the forthcoming Institute and Museum of California Art and the former deputy director at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, has been studying their strategies during the slowdown caused by the pandemic. “This time has been invaluable in terms of reflection … As a young institution, we have a tremendous opportunity to be able to move forward and learn from what past missteps have happened within the art and museum world,” Kanatani told me over Zoom. She has been overseeing an architectural design for the museum that stresses education alongside artistic appreciation, and an internal organizational structure that places audience engagement on an equal footing with the institute’s collection program.

Orange County Business Journal, Nov. 30, 2020
UCI Spearheads $109M Down Syndrome, Alzheimer’s Study
The University of California, Irvine is undertaking a five-year, multi-million dollar project to expand research on Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome. The National Institute of Health awarded a $109 million grant to the Alzheimer’s Biomarkers Consortium-Down Syndrome in late October. The international team, led by UCI principal investigators Elizabeth Head and Mark Mapstone, aims to identify biomarkers that indicate the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in adults with Down syndrome. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

TIME, Nov. 25, 2020
All Seems Lost for Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement as Joshua Wong Faces Jail. But There Are Still Reasons for Hope
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of history writes, “It is hard to find a reason for optimism now where Hong Kong’s political future is concerned, but there are three bases I can think of for refusing to give up hope. One is religious convictions, which help keep despair at bay for Joshua Wong, Benny Tai and other figures whose activism goes hand in hand with their faith.”

The Mercury News, Nov. 29, 2020
Massive coronavirus vaccine effort faces enormous challenges in California
“One reason why clinical trials sometimes show better results than what we see in the subsequent, real world, is that everything is done perfectly in a clinical trial,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and population health scientist at UC Irvine. … “But in the real world, the electricity goes out and some freezer turns off for an hour. People won’t get the second shot at the optimal time — and some won’t return for the second shot at all. … If that means a reduction in efficacy to, say, 80 percent, that’s still great. That’s what we were hoping for. This vaccine stuff is some of the best news we’ve had since, well, ever.”

The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 26, 2020
With Baby Steps, Chinese Parents Test Strictness of the Two-Child Policy
No local government will openly acknowledge that it is allowing third children. And in many places, restrictions continue to be strictly enforced. “Birth policy in China is in a logjam now,” said Wang Feng, a sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine. … “Officials all saw the writing on the wall,” Prof. Wang said. One effect, he said, is that enforcement of the two-child policy has been “lax and sporadic, varying from locale to locale.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

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