UCI News

The New York Times, Oct. 6, 2022
With Online Learning, ‘Let’s Take a Breath and See What Worked and Didn’t Work.’
During the pandemic, the variety of students learning online “absolutely increased,” said Di Xu, an associate professor of higher education and public policy at the University of California, Irvine, who began doing research into online learning before Covid. That makes it easier to objectively determine “who seems to benefit and who struggles the most,” Professor Xu said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Spectrum News 1, Oct. 5, 2022 (Video)
UCI Law students, Afghan legal expert push for human rights
Now, through the Scholars At Risk program that helps professionals find work and refuge abroad, [Hashmat] Nadirpor, [visiting associate project scientist], is working with University of California, Irvine School of Law students and [clinical] professor David Kaye to lead the Afghanistan Human Rights Project to highlight the current situation in the country. … For Nadirpor, it’s a push for justice for those still within Afghanistan’s borders. “The hope is that we find ways to advocate for Afghans from outside the country and try to bring a change,” he said.

STAT, Oct. 5, 2022
Three scientists win chemistry Nobel Prize for developing ‘click’ and ‘bioorthogonal’ chemistry
Jenn Prescher, who worked with [Carolyn] Bertozzi as a graduate student and who now is a professor at the University of California, Irvine …. recalled the night she and co-author Nick Agard saw the first plots come out of the instrument, indicating that their approach to tagging cultured cells with fluorescent molecules was successful. “Did we think that it would translate to being recognized with the Nobel Prize?” said Prescher. “Probably not at the time, but as the field has grown over the years I’ve certainly never forgotten that moment.”

The Fulcrum, Oct. 6, 2022 (Podcast)
Podcast: What does it mean to be a good citizen in the United States?
Sara Wallace Goodman, a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, joins this episode of Politics in Question to discuss citizenship and its impact on politics. Goodman’s research examines citizenship and the shaping of political identity through immigrant integration. What does it mean to be a good citizen? Can it be taught?

Grist, Sept. 29, 2022
‘It makes climate change real’: How carbon emissions got rebranded as ‘pollution’
When California began developing climate legislation in the early 2000s, however, local air quality got de-prioritized. The state started to “divert staff, time, resources, money, and grants away from local pollution” and toward limiting carbon emissions, said Michael Méndez, an [assistant] professor of environmental policy at the University of California, Irvine, who wrote the book Climate Change from the Streets: How Conflict and Collaboration Strengthen the Environmental Justice Movement. … Environmental justice activists in California tried to popularize the phrase “climate pollution” starting around 2012, according to Méndez.

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