UCI News

KTLA5 (AP), Sept. 9, 2022
Latino activism leads on climate change
Climate policy scholar Michael Méndez, author of the book “Climate Change from the Streets,“ said grassroots organizing is equally important. Méndez grew up the son of Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles County’s Fernando Valley, where he saw Latino neighbors fight against air pollution and dumping of toxic waste. “It’s not an abstract idea for us,” said Méndez, [assistant professor of urban planning & public policy], at the University of California, Irvine. “For Latinos, climate change is about how to protect our families, our children.”

The New York Times Magazine, Sept. 8, 2022
How Book Bans Turned a Texas Town Upside Down
Erika Hayasaki, UCI associate professor of English writes, “Over the last year, campaigns to ban books have erupted throughout school districts and local libraries across the country. … The American Library Association, which tracks challenges to library books or resources …. In 2021 alone, … noted 729 complaints against 1,597 different books. It has been “an unprecedented increase in the number of challenges,” says Deborah Caldwell-Stone, who directs the A.L.A.’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. …. As a result of these nationwide efforts, both school and public librarians have felt under attack ….” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Irvine Standard, Sept. 6, 2022
Queen Elizabeth knights UCI alum
Nobel laureate David MacMillan, who got his Ph.D. in chemistry at UC Irvine, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. “It’s been remarkable, surreal and humbling at the same time to receive this,” says MacMillan, a citizen of both the U.S. and Scotland and currently a professor at Princeton University. MacMillan, who received the 2021 Nobel Prize in chemistry, recently visited his alma mater, saying: “To go back to a place that is emotionally so important to you and have people treat you so well … I was getting so sentimental and so emotional, it was something else.”

TheStreet, Sept. 7, 2022
Eighties Arcade Icon Claims Top Video Game Spot in Survey
“People who are Googling video games are likely older folks who played those games when they were growing up,” said Mark Deppe, director of UCI Esports at the University of California, Irvine. “Most of my college students are getting information through Discord communities, on Twitter, Tik Tok, Instagram, and Reddit.” Deppe noted that there has been a resurgence of some retro games recently. “Chess is a great example as it’s blown up on Twitch and there are now large college esports tournaments for it,” he said. “In June we hosted an old-school Tetris tournament at UCI.”

Popular Mechanics, Sept. 8, 2022
The American Tailgating Tradition Has a Surprising Wartime History
“If you look at the history of tailgating, it didn’t necessarily start with sports,” Tonya Williams Bradford, a University of California, Irvine associate marketing professor who has researched tailgating as a brand of community, tells Popular Mechanics. “If you go all the way back to the Civil War when people knew where skirmishes would be, they’d pack up food and sit on the sidelines and watch.”

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