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INSIGHT Into Diversity, Nov. 2019
Why Our Nation’s Colleges and Universities Must Confront Extremism
Douglas M. Haynes, UCI Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, writes “Society now inhabits a state of extremes, poised for the next cycle of action and reaction. Understanding extremism has become a fundamental responsibility for citizenship in the 21st century.” (Page 28)

The Conversation, Oct. 15, 2019
Andrew Yang’s ‘freedom dividend’ echoes a 1930s basic income proposal that reshaped Social Security
Edwin Amenta, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine writes, “Although he called his idea “unprecedented,” that’s not entirely true. It’s a direct echo of the Townsend Plan …. I wrote a book about that plan, the organization behind it and the man who promoted it throughout the country. I found that in times of economic insecurity, simple, straightforward guaranteed income proposals can be highly influential, even if they aren’t ultimately adopted.”

Yahoo Lifestyle, Oct. 14, 2019
Singer Sulli’s death prompts questions about pressures of K-pop fame
Kyung Hyun Kim, a UC Irvine professor and expert on Korean popular culture [said] “Imagine Michael Jackson who obviously came into show biz at the age of three and then tried to stay normal for the next five decades, and then multiply that number by about fifty thousand, and you got a very sick industry called K-pop. The meticulously perfected choreography, killer schedules, and constant demand from their fans do make these idols go insane,” Kim tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

Reuters, Oct. 15, 2019
Weight-loss surgery tied to lower risk of birth defects
Obesity can contribute to infertility, noted Dr. Brian Smith, co-director of the minimally invasive surgery fellowship at UC Irvine Health and chief of surgery at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System. … “Fewer birth defects appears to be yet another important health benefit of weight loss surgery (specifically gastric bypass), and women considering pregnancy and bariatric surgery should consider postponing pregnancy until after they have achieved meaningful postoperative weight loss and their weight is stable,” Smith said.

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 16, 2019
Most Republicans and Democrats agree: Immigrants make the U.S. a better place to live
Louis DeSipio, a political science professor at UC Irvine, agreed, asserting that Republicans’ response to immigrants represented a “snap back” from the party’s 1994 stance. “It really reflects a change among conservatives in California,” he said, adding that the results were “a pretty striking finding.” DeSipio was also surprised by the response from California voters who identified as having no party preference — 83% of voters in that group said immigrants make the U.S. a better place. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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