UCI News

USA Today, Oct. 4, 2021
Massive California oil spill was reported Friday. But nobody told the millions who went to the beaches.
“It would have made more sense to at least report it publicly and then let people decide if they wanted to go to the beach, and possibly be exposed at the air show,” said UC Irvine [Distinguished] Professor Donald Blake, an atmospheric chemist who has long studied air pollution, including from oil spills.

Spectrum News 1 (City News Service), Oct. 4, 2021
Wildlife official: 4 oiled birds collected so far in OC spill, 1 euthanized
Joleah Lamb, a UC Irvine [assistant] professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, said the damage from the spill could last for year and is difficult to gauge. The impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 1989 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 are still being felt, Lamb told City News Service.

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 30, 2021
It’s harder to love up close: Claire Vaye Watkins is the new voice of the American West
Claire Vaye Watkins, [UCI English professor], returned to her native Mojave in part to finish her new, pseudo-autobiographical novel, “I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness.” It’s a beautifully arranged tackle box of everything Watkins does best  — cut-through-the-bone narrative of family apocalypses; custom blending of the historical, the unimaginable and the impossible; enchanting, terrifying encounters with the American West. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Sullivan Says SoCal, Oct. 5, 2021 (Subscription)
UCI Pharma’s Full Circle
A positive note on UCI, where Kymh Penfil serves as campus counsel and recently delivered a message to the inaugural class of the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. Penfil made the remarks at a “white-coat” ceremony, where the would-be pharmacists officially set out to earn doctorate degrees, embarking on a challenge that will occupy them for the next four years.

Wired, Oct. 5, 2021
Weighing Big Tech’s Promise to Black America
“There are many reasons that people have been drawn to Black-owned banks,” says Mehrsa Baradaran, a law professor at UC Irvine and the author of The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap. “Solidarity and necessity, most especially.” … “Banks aren’t magic,” Baradaran says. “If there isn’t wealth in the Black community, they can’t create it out of nothing.”

Previously “In the News”