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The Orange County Register, Sept. 30, 2022
$18 million will help students seek careers in healthcare, high tech – and fight racism, too
“In working with our schools of business, engineering and computer and health sciences, we will connect regional employers, internships and academic preparation to provide students a targeted system of support to and through UCI,” said Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio, an assistant vice chancellor of educational partnerships. “At UCI we want to help students find their passions and provide seamless pathways with our K-12 and community college partners, offering support and meaningful exposure to the exciting research and opportunities in these high demand fields.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Orange County Business Journal, Oct. 3, 2022
UCI’s New Data Science Masters Picks Up Steam
The new Master of Data Science program at the University of California, Irvine is already a force to be reckoned with. The professional program, offered through the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, was recently ranked No. 7 in the country by Fortune magazine. It was the only UC program to make the inaugural list of the country’s top in-person master’s degree programs in data science …. “UCI is consistently recognized as a leader, and this ranking solidifies our presence in the technology sector,” said program director Bryan Munoz. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Tablet Magazine, Sept. 28, 2022
The Making of Nikole Hannah-Jones
I made one last call—to Frank B. Wilderson III, [Chancellor’s] Professor of African American studies and drama at the University of California, Irvine. Wilderson is the scholar behind the theory of Afropessimism, which is also the title of his fascinating 2020 book, and which holds that the Black experience in America has always been and will always be one of perpetual bondage. … “You cannot think of Black time as a narrative arc of progression,” Wilderson told me. “You have to think of Black time as historical stillness, a time that is flat, where nothing essential ever changes.”

Markets Insider, Oct. 2, 2022
The 2022 bloodbath across markets has taken its toll on financial influencers – and the void left as they pull back is being filled by loads of spam
Bill Maurer, a cultural anthropologist, [professor and social sciences dean] from UC Irvine, pointed out that the conditions that allowed Musk to rise as a stock celebrity are the same ones that also favor spammers. “The kind of broad decline in trust in institutions in the conventional guardians and gatekeepers of finance gives people like Elon Musk this attention from investors in the market … [It’s] the amplification of non-traditional sources of financial knowledge,” Maurer said. “You have a whole army of bots that can create that same explosion.”

Financial Times, Oct. 2, 2022
China’s demographic crisis looms over Xi Jinping’s third term
“That China’s population decline has coincided with the start of [President] Xi’s third term is symbolically and practically significant,” said Wang Feng, [sociology professor], an expert on Chinese demographic change at the University of California, Irvine. … Wang said this growing group of “old-old”, with a higher likelihood of developing costly chronic diseases, would make greater care demands both on their children and the state. … “If this continues, how can China sustain the pension payments for this enlarging elderly population,” said Wang. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ft]

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