UCI News

The New York Times, Oct. 17, 2021
Mass Abduction of U.S. Missionaries Startles Even Kidnap-Weary Haiti
Experts said the kidnapping of Americans in Haiti, once a rarity, has become increasingly common in the past two years. … Amy Wilentz, a Haiti expert [and English professor] at the University of California, Irvine, noted that Americans, who go to Haiti to help after a catastrophe, are generally seen by gangs as “luxury targets” because of the high value of ransoms they are believed to deliver. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

The Academic Minute, Oct. 19, 2021 (Audio)
Amal Alachkar, University of California, Irvine – Trauma-Induced Depression
On University of California, Irvine Week: Trauma from war is a painful truth. Amal Alachkar, associate professor of teaching and pharmaceutical sciences, examines ways to help mitigate the fallout.

Orange Coast Magazine, Oct. 18, 2021
21 Gen Z Locals To Watch
Tatum Larsen and Sydney Charles
Ages: 23 and 22, respectively
Cohosts of the “Black Fam 2.5” podcast

Bona fides: UC Irvine literary journalism graduates Larsen and Charles were first introduced by [English] lecturer Amy DePaul, who recommended the pair collaborate on a podcast for a class project. The two became fast friends and launched “Black Fam 2.5” in early 2020. The podcast aims to redefine the minority experience and began by focusing on issues affecting Black students at UC Irvine.

San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 19, 2021
The ultimate guide to San Francisco crime data
Charis Kubrin, [professor of criminology, law & society], at UC Irvine, added that the NCVS [National Crime Victim Survey] is particularly useful for crimes that are rarely reported to police or that police don’t often arrest people for, such as rape and domestic violence. “I don’t even use UCR [the FBI’s Universal Crime Reporting] rape data because it’s so problematic,” Kubrin said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Lab Manager magazine, Oct. 15, 2021
Follow the Recipe for a True Smart Labs Design
The Smart Labs Program was launched in 2008 at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Led by Wendell Brase, who at the time of its creation was vice chancellor for administrative and business services, the UCI Energy Team that included Matthew Gudorf and Marc Gomez devised the renowned lab retrofit program. Thirteen years later, the Smart Labs Program has been extremely successful, and is even endorsed by the Department of Energy.

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