UCI News

Daily Pilot, Sept. 24, 2021
UC Irvine welcomes inaugural class of pharmacy school with white coat ceremony
About 40 students received their white coats Friday afternoon — a sign of their transition from undergraduate studies to clinical health sciences. this particular cadre of students also included the first class of the university’s School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences after it was established in August 2020. The school is part of the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, which includes the School of Medicine, the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing, a planned School of Population and Public Health and the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute. “It’s not just students but our faculty too,” said Jan Hirsch, founding dean of the school …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Washington Post, Sept. 26, 2021
Black female biologist tests, entertains and explains science on TV, social media
Raven Baxter, a.k.a. “Raven the Science Maven” is in high demand — she’s doing a series on Facebook’s “Science and Culture” Bulletin site, and working with NASA’s TechRise Student Challenge. This fall, she has started a new job at the University of California, Irvine as director of [diversity initiatives] for the School of Biological Sciences. … She discussed the ways she uses social media to bring science to a new audience, her surprise at being a scientific role model, and how she sees her ADHD diagnosis as a scientific and creative advantage. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

The New York Times, Sept. 25, 2021
A Path to Financial Security That Doesn’t Lead to a 401(k)
“Black customers have a lot more distrust — rightfully so — of financial institutions,” said Mehrsa Baradaran, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, who studies financial inclusion and inequality. … Ms. Baradaran …  suggested that the financial services industry recognized that young adults from marginalized groups might be better served by more inclusive strategies aimed at combating structural economic inequality. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Newsday, Sept. 24, 2021
Challenges to public-health mandates escalate as LI, nation face fights over COVID-19 rules
But now, American courts are confronting a surge of challenges seeking to overturn government public-health mandates — lawsuits unseen in the nation’s history, both in number and scope — at a time after the courts have recognized greater personal privacy and medical rights that didn’t exist in the early 20th century. “We’ve seen more litigation within this space in the last year than we’ve seen within the last hundred years, quite honestly,” said Prof. Michele Goodwin, [Chancellor’s Professor of law and] director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. She added: “We’ve never seen this level of challenge.”

Grist, Sept. 27, 2021
Why the ‘Swiss Army knife’ of climate solutions is so controversial
Jack Brouwer, director of the Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine, where he conducts research on a broad range of hydrogen applications, told Grist that commercially available power plant technology can currently burn a blend of up to 30 percent hydrogen gas and 70 percent methane. … For Brouwer, blending green hydrogen into the natural gas system, whether for power plants or homes, is still very much worth doing — not so much for the greenhouse gas benefits, but to create a new market for solar and wind power.

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