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Orange Coast Magazine, Oct. 20, 2022
‘All Roads Lead to This One’
Tiffany López had not planned to go to college. … Higher education didn’t seem likely, let alone earning master’s and doctoral degrees, along with some of the most prestigious awards in academia. López sits on a couch in her spacious corner office at UC Irvine, the surroundings hinting at the prominence of the position she started in July: dean of the nationally ranked Claire Trevor School of the Arts. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t look at everything I’ve done and say, ‘This is a life I could have never imagined for myself, (that) my family could have never imagined for me,’ ” she says. “And it all happened because of my education.”

The New York Times, Oct. 20, 2022
Appeals Court Finds Consumer Bureau’s Funding Unconstitutional
“This feels like we’re playing with matches,” said Dalié Jiménez, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine. “How does it not call into question literally everything the [Consumer Financial Protection] bureau has ever done? “And what now?” she added. “Are they not supposed to send people — like bank examiners — out to do their jobs in Fifth Circuit states, because those people are paid through this funding?” … Professor Jiménez cast the ruling as part of a larger conservative and judicial attack on the concept of the administrative state. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 20, 2022
Mexico’s new racial reckoning: A movement protests colorism and white privilege
A 2017 study … found that people with the whitest skin had completed 11 years of schooling on average compared with five years for those with browner skin. Wealth also correlated to skin color, with dark-skinned people earning 52% less than their whiter compatriots. … But the dramatic findings of the academic studies showed that the issue in Mexico was bigger than just the marginalization of historic communities. It was a “pigmentocracy,” in the words of academic Edward Telles, [UCI Distinguished Professor of sociology], in which skin color is the most important determinant of a person’s economic and educational attainment. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Inverse, Oct. 20, 2022
Inside the space start-up that plans to fling satellites to orbit
SpinLaunch may face a major obstacle up in the air because it does the opposite of a standard rocket, says Julián Rimoli, a professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of California, Irvine …. “I would expect this to get really hot,” Rimoli says, similar to how space capsules create mini-fireballs upon reentering the Earth’s atmosphere. That heat could prove disastrous for SpinLaunch’s precious cargo. … One of the biggest current unknowns: how SpinLaunch payloads will fare at much higher speeds, Rimoli says.

Romper, Oct. 20, 2022
Is An RSV Vaccine Finally Close?
RSV is by far the most common viral cause of illness and hospitalizations and deaths in young babies,” says Dr. Coleen Cunningham, chair of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. Compared to other respiratory viruses, RSV is more likely to travel from an infant’s nose and throat down into their lungs, where it causes inflammation. And because newborns’ airways are so tiny, “just a little bit of inflammation can really make them have more trouble,” Cunningham explains.

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