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Orange County Business Council, Oct. 11, 2022
First-Generation Stories
Howard Gillman, Chancellor, University of California, Irvine. [His advice for first generation students.] “Be proud and feel deserving because you are. Indeed, you’re not going to know some things, for example, how to interact with professors. But don’t let short-term lack of knowledge rob you of your justified confidence and excitement. Don’t feel overburdened by the expectations that members of your family have for your success; they just want what’s best for you. So, take full advantage. Meet people you would not have met otherwise and see how you are changed by exposure to their perspectives and experiences.”

The Hill, Oct. 12, 2022
Elite public colleges slash acceptance rates, raising pressure on students
Perhaps no state university system has seen such a surge of applicants as UC. Population growth is but one factor. Several UC campuses occupy picture-postcard settings and perch near the top of the collegiate rankings, qualities that put them in perennial demand among high-school seniors around the globe. … At UC Irvine, on the Orange County coast, the first-year applicant pool has swelled from 30,630 in 2002 to 119,165 in 2022. In that span, the admission rate has plummeted from 59 percent to 21 percent.

Johnson & Johnson, Oct. 13, 2022
These 6 Women in STEM Are On a Mission to Change the World
Selma Masri, Ph.D., assistant professor, department of biological chemistry, University of California, Irvine, working to eradicate cancers by targeting the circadian clock. … “We’re interested in why there’s an alarming trend in young-onset cancer, like colon cancer, and we think it could be related to disruption of our biological rhythms.”… Not a single one of us is born knowing how to do science; we learn. Which is why we have to reach out to people around us who we think can help teach us.”

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 13, 2022
‘You’re obviously a target’: Rappers rethink security protocols in wake of PnB Rock killing
Charis E. Kubrin is a criminology professor at UC Irvine whose work focuses in part on marginalized communities, crime and hip-hop (she co-wrote a book, “Rap on Trial,” about rap lyrics’ use in criminal cases). … “Social media can make violence appear to be increasing, even if data say it’s not,” Kubrin said. “But on the other hand, it’s a big mistake not to acknowledge that we need to be responsive and care about this. … Celebrities are targeted because they are good targets — they’re rich and famous,” Kubrin said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Financial Times, Oct. 12, 2022
China’s Xi Jinping problem
There are a lot of parallels that show how hard it will be to roll back zero-Covid in the short run,” says [Professor] Wang Feng, a sociologist and China expert at the University of California, Irvine. “At the time, the size of China’s population was deemed a national emergency and all measures were taken to bring it down through forced sterilisations and abortions. “It was very hard for the government to walk back the policy, despite the excesses that it caused, due to the huge bureaucracy established to enforce it,” Wang adds. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ft]

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