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Spectrum News 1, Oct. 4, 2022
UCI professors see enduring unrest in Iran
Two University of California, Irvine professors who observe and study Iranian politics and culture say the country’s unique cultural, political and religious identity makes it unlike any other in the region. Mark Andrew LeVine, a UCI professor of modern Middle Eastern history, said the history of the nation’s current political structure would make it hard for protesters and the government to find common ground. He called the morality police, the force blamed for the killing of Amini, a “monument of the revolution.” … Roxanne Varzi, a UCI professor of anthropology, said the extent of the protests might come down to economics. “What happens when people are under a lot of economic pressure is they don’t care about political change. They’re just trying to survive. You’d think it would push them toward change, but it doesn’t,” Varzi said.

The Washington Post, Oct. 5, 2022
Rereading ‘The Gift of Fear’ in the age of mass shootings
The source of collective fear has changed over time … and so has the media consumption that fuels that worry. Roxane Cohen Silver, a [Distinguished] Professor of psychological science, medicine and public health at the University of California, Irvine, studies individual and collective long-term trauma. “Right now, we can be in the United States and we can learn about the massacre at a mosque in New Zealand instantaneously because it was live-streamed and it was posted and it was rapidly disseminated,” she said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

Healthline, Oct. 3, 2022
What You Should Know About the Latest Deadly Synthetic Fentanyl Product
“Para-fluorofentanyl is actually an analog of fentanyl (fentanyl analogs are often called ‘fentalogs’) that’s been around for decades,” said Jonathan Watanabe, Ph.D., PharmD, [professor of clinical pharmacy], an associate dean of the Pharmacy Assessment and Quality School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. … “In general, manufacturing of fentanyl and fentalogs is much cheaper compared to traditional opioids harvested from poppy farms, so you’re seeing an explosion in synthetic fentanyl in a variety of ways.”

HealthDay News, Oct. 5, 2022
Male Physicians Receive More and Higher Payments From Medical Companies
Brittany G. Sullivan, M.D., from the University of California, Irvine, [School of Medicine] and colleagues investigated payments made from the highest-grossing medical industry companies to female and male physicians and assessed compensation and engagement disparities based on gender. … The researchers found that 96.9 percent of the five highest earners were men and only 3.1 percent were women. … Across all medical specialties — including female-dominated specialties — and academic ranks, this disparity persisted.

Vogue Arabia – English, Oct. 5, 2022
Iraqi Actor Enas Taleb Hits Back at the Racist Criticism of Arab Women’s Bodies
Sociologist Sabrina Strings, Chancellor’s Fellow and associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia, argues that the growth of the slave trade led to new demarcations of race based on what types of appearance and behaviors should be expected from people of different races. … “If you did not show restraint where food was concerned, that was evidence that you were one of the savages,” states Dr. Strings.

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