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PBS Newshour, Nov. 5, 2020 (Video)
An election law expert on what he sees in Trump’s lawsuits
President Trump and his allies continue to attack the integrity of the vote-counting process. They have taken multiple complaints to court across several of the battleground states that have yet to be called. Some lawsuits seek process changes, while others aim to invalidate specific votes. Election law expert Rick Hasen of the University of California, Irvine joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss.

Good Housekeeping, Nov. 6, 2020
What Is “Knowvember”? Why More States May Be Pushing COVID-19 Testing During the Holidays
Shruti Gohil, M.D., an epidemiologist and professor within the University of California Irvine’s Health System, stresses that elderly individuals may be at most risk during the holidays, and indoor activities like Thanksgiving dinner pose a higher likelihood of COVID-19 transmission. This is especially true if multiple parties are traveling to the same household from different areas.

RT, Nov. 5, 2020
How a math professor led a revolution in Las Vegas
Edward Thorp is widely known as a card counting pioneer. … [He] taught courses in probability and functional analysis in the University of California, Irvine. However, new challenges didn’t wait for long. Thorp shifted to basic investment. He believed that, like gambling, financial markets could be analysed using mathematics, statistics, and computers. He moved to Wall Street where he developed a module for predicting market fluctuations and made a fortune which is now estimated at $800 million.

MarketWatch, Nov. 2, 2020
Mehrsa Baradaran, author of ‘The Color of Money,’ on why giving people civil and political rights isn’t enough
In her book, “The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap,” Mehrsa Baradaran, an associate dean and professor at the University of California, Irvine, exposes some of the policies that got the U.S. to this point … to illustrate the limitations of our segregated financial system in achieving economic equality. MarketWatch spoke to Baradaran about how she got interested in the topics of her work, its impact and what the nation can do to create economic justice.

Well+Good, Nov. 3, 2020
The BMI Is a deeply flawed measure of ‘health’—particularly for BIPOC communities
In fact, Sabrina Strings, PhD, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia, believes the BMI helps very few people beyond white males. White bodies determined what counted as a “healthy” weight even before the BMI became ubiquitous, says Dr. Strings. … In fact, Dr. Strings says there’s no evidence to back up the idea that one measurement of health (including the BMI) can be applied accurately to all populations, even just within the United States.

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