UCI News

TIME, Sept. 24, 2020
What Justice Ginsburg’s death means for health care access in America
Howard Gillman, UCI Chancellor and Erwin Chemerinsky, dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law write, “In the midst of a pandemic and with the fate of the Affordable Care Act pending before the Supreme Court, attention should focus on what Justice Ginsburg’s replacement by someone who is likely to be very conservative will mean for health care. Justice Ginsburg was a strong voice and a consistent vote to provide the federal government the power to ensure health insurance for all and especially to protect women’s reproductive health.”

Orange County Register, Sept. 25, 2020
Best of Orange County 2020: Best O.C. college/university
Founded in 1965, UC Irvine has evolved into a nationally recognized research university that values offering a quality education to everyone regardless of background. “For our students, UCI is where they can explore great ideas, find their passions, develop their talents and start their individual journeys toward their own American dream, as they define it,” university Chancellor Howard Gillman said …. Among other honors, UC Irvine ranked No. 1 on Money magazine’s 2019-20 list of the nation’s “Best Colleges” based on cost and quality, making it the first public university to top the list. … The university also administers UCI Medical Center in Orange, the only academic health system in Orange County. [Access the Orange County Register here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Spectrum News 1 (CNS), Sept. 25, 2020
Orange County reports 156 new cases of COVID-19, 26 deaths
With UC Irvine students returning to campus for classes this week, [Dr. Matthew Zahn] said the county was working closely with the university to help guard against outbreaks ….. “UC Irvine and other colleges are taking measures that are appropriate with social distancing and measures to identify people who are sick,” Zahn said. … “We know UC Irvine is planning to do regular testing of staff and students,” Zahn said. “And on a national level, there seems to be evidence that is helpful, and that is encouraging. But we’re all learning how this works in all settings.” UCI students began “Move-In Week” on Tuesday ….

The Atlantic, Special Preview: November 2020 Issue
The election that could break America
“We could well see a protracted postelection struggle in the courts and the streets if the results are close,” says Richard L. Hasen, a professor at the UC Irvine School of Law and the author of a recent book called Election Meltdown. “The kind of election meltdown we could see would be much worse than 2000’s Bush v. Gore case.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Washington Post, Sept. 23, 2020
When race, fandom and pop-music dollars collide
So despite growing demands for change from K-pop fans, it remains to be seen whether there will be concrete action among labels and artists beyond statements and donations. “It’s not clear that that’s going to go any further than making a few statements,” said Claire Jean Kim, professor of political science and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. “The fans themselves have gone past that, but will that become organized into some kind of coherent political force, pursuing a particular left agenda, a racially progressive agenda? That remains to be seen.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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