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The UCI Podcast
15 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
Is a recession coming?
With the inflation up and the GNP and stock prices down, UCI economist Eric Swanson explains that there’s nothing yet to fear … at least for now.
26 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
UCI Podcast: Patsy Mink’s role in Title IX passage
On June 23, 2022, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX. In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Cara Capuano talks to the co-authors of the first biography of longtime Congresswoman and Title IX pioneer Patsy Mink - UCI professor Judy Tzu-Chun Wu and Gwendolyn “Wendy” Mink, Patsy’s daughter and only child. They discuss the book’s unique structure, the inspiration for Title IX, the challenges to get it passed into law, and what’s next for the landmark legislation.
20 minutes | Jun 16, 2022
In honor of Juneteenth, the UCI Podcast is bringing back a June 2020 podcast with Jessica Millward, an associate professor of African American studies and history at UCI. Here, Millward discusses this important day in the context of the thousands of Black Lives Matter rallies across the world protesting the police murder of George Floyd.
27 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
Jonathan Alexander takes his own advice as a writing teacher
Jonathan Alexander says he has been “privileged to be a writing teacher for a very long time.” He always tells his students to be honest and frank - and found the process of writing his latest book with that advice in mind liberating. In this episode of the UCI Podcast, the Chancellor’s Professor of English and informatics talks with Cara Capuano about the genre of creative nonfiction and the role each book in The Creep Trilogy held on his personal journey, with a special focus on the latest installment, Dear Queer Self: An Experiment in Memoir. He also shares advice for others who may find themselves on the outside looking in, and details why he finds Pride Month both aspirational and hopeful.
22 minutes | May 25, 2022
UCI Podcast: At the intersection of nursing and philosophy
How does nursing intersect with philosophy? What are some of the tools in a philosopher’s toolbox that would serve a nurse? What changes can be made to the language of health care to make it more understandable for a larger audience? These are some of the questions Cara Capuano asks of Mark Lazenby and Tyrus Miller, deans of two schools with disciplines very attuned to people – nursing and humanities – in this edition of the UCI Podcast.
27 minutes | May 25, 2022
UCI Podcast: Global indigeneity
With recent announcements of Native Americans eligible to have their UC tuition waived beginning this fall and adding Native Hawaiians to the heritage month that historically honored Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, we checked in with Assistant Professor Na'puti in the Department of Global and International Studies to help break down these massive identify groups and their cultures. Broadcasting from the island of Guam, Na'puti shares about her work with indigenous populations in the Pacific Islands and how that translates to better understanding of global indigeneity.
17 minutes | May 16, 2022
UCI Podcast: Relief for Ukrainian Academics
Professor Iryna Zenyuk, associate director of UCI's National Fuel Cell Research Center, was born in Ukraine and lived there until age 15. As an academic, she felt duty bound to help her fellow Ukrainian researchers when Russia invaded her home country earlier this year. Through the Ukraine Relief Fund she helped launch at UCI, Zenyuk is raising money to help Ukrainian academics come to the United States to work while the war rages on in Central Europe. In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Prof. Zenyuk provides an update on the Ukdraine Relief Fund.
24 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
Elon Musk, Twitter and free speech
UCI Law professor David Kaye discusses Musk's controversial buyout of the social media giant and the human rights issues related to online speech.
19 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
UCI Podcast on the Oceans Melting Greenland mission
Eric Rignot, UCI professor of Earth system science, recently concluded a six-year, NASA-funded project to study the impact of warming ocean water on Greenland's land ice. The Oceans Melting Greenland, or OMG, mission resulted in much more precise knowledge about the dynamics of rapid ice sheet deterioration in Greenland and other polar regions.
26 minutes | Mar 28, 2022
UCI Podcast: Director of intercollegiate athletics Paula Smith discusses impact of Title IX
In this episode of the UCI Podcast, UCI’s director of intercollegiate athletics Paula Smith talks sports with Cara Capuano, and among the topics they discuss: Title IX, a groundbreaking federal civil rights law passed on June 23, 1972, that prohibits gender discrimination in educational programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Approaching its 50-year anniversary, the historic legislation has positively impacted the lives of women and provided a pathway in their continued pursuit of achieving gender equity in all facets of life, including collegiate athletics.
10 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
UCI Podcast: Dean Frank LaFerla on memory impairment over the holidays
When people are getting together with loved ones over the holidays, how do they prepare themselves for interacting with a relative who has dementia resulting from Alzheimer's disease or another neurological condition? In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Frank LaFerla, Chancellor's Professor and dean of the School of Biological Sciences, has some advice to share with people coping with this situation.
18 minutes | Dec 19, 2021
UCI Dean of Engineering Magnus Egerstedt discusses his new book on robots in the wild
Magnus Egerstedt, dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, has a new book out. Titled "Robot Ecology: Constraint-Based Design for Long-Duration Autonomy," the book explores the field of slow-moving robots. Used for tasks in agriculture and environmental and climate monitoring, these robots are specially designed to withstand long deployments without human intervention.
18 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
The UCI Podcast: How do "collaboratories" put data to work?
Tom Andriola, vice chancellor for information, technology and data at the University of California, Irvine joins UCI Podcast correspondent Sheri Ledbetter to discuss new ways of thinking about all the data we have access to and how "collaboratories" can help us put data to work.
23 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
Bringing science to White House policy making
Science and policy are frequently disconnected. Though scientists urged policymakers at the COP 26 climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland to drastically reduce emission of carbon dioxide, the pledges that resulted won’t do enough to stave off the most dire effects of climate change. And that’s just the latest example. But a UCI professor is seeking to bring science into the policymaking process through a fellowship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Ann Marie, Carlton, a professor of atmospheric chemistry at UCI who recently began the Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship, discusses why it’s difficult to ensure science informs policy, what she’s aiming to accomplish during her fellowship and how curiosity can help us all think more like scientists.
27 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
UCI Podcast: Producing future ready students through enrollment management
With a bird's eye view of the UCI student body, enrollment management is in the unique position to see into the future. This ability to identify trends enables the division - which includes undergraduate admissions, financial aid and scholarships, registrar, and enrollment management analytics - to engage with campus partners and create the environment that best meets the needs of our students and advances the campus’ mission. In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Patty Morales breaks down just how her division helps to position UCI as a future ready campus that produces future ready students.
20 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
UCI Podcast: The legal fallout of the Orange County oil spill
The cleanup of the oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach earlier this month is essentially complete, but responsibility for the spill of up to 131,000 gallons has yet to be assigned. In the coming months, and possibly years, it will be the legal system that determines liability — and damages. Michael Robinson-Dorn, a clinical professor of law, co-associate dean for experiential education at the law school and director of UCI’s Environmental Law Clinic, joins the UCI Podcast to discuss how this spill compares to past ones, why simply shutting down offshore drilling is more challenging than it may seem and how society’s values will shape the future of oil drilling in California.
21 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Nurses’ trauma and the two fronts of the war against COVID-19
As COVID-19 patients are isolated in hospital rooms trying to stay alive, nurses are the ones serving every role, from caretaker to chaplain to stand-in loved one. And when those patients die, nurses take that pain of loss upon themselves. The trauma is heaping up. But it doesn’t have to be this way, says Candace Burton, an associate professor of nursing at UCI who is conducting a study about nurses’ experiences during the pandemic by interviewing them. Nurses are confronting both a deadly disease and a culture that refuses to take it seriously. In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Professor Burton shares what nurses are telling her, why reforms in the nursing profession are needed, and how everyone can help prevent more of this trauma.
26 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Hector Tobar on the diverse faces of Latino America
Latino people from all 50 states shape American culture and politics, but despite their diversity, they are too often viewed as belonging to a single category. That diversity appears across the U.S.: In New Mexico, where hispanos have deep connections to Spanish culture; in South Texas, where some Mexican-Americans express disdain for the country just a few miles south; in Miami, where cubanos differentiate themselves from Hispanics; and in New York City, where Puerto Rican immigrants have been linked with with the local Black community. This Hispanic Heritage Month, Héctor Tobar, an associate professor of literary journalism and Chicano/Latino studies at UCI, joins the UCI Podcast to discuss the origins of the term “Latino,” the various Latinx cultures he encountered during a road trip across America for a story he published in Harper's Magazine, and how the lives of all Latinx people are influenced by U.S. imperialism.
28 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
UCI's Black Thriving Initiative one year later
Launched last year in response to the killing of George Floyd, UCI's Black Thriving Initiative is a whole university response aimed at mobilizing the whole university to promote Black student success, degree completion and advancement in academic programs, with a goal of making UCI a first choice for Black students. As part of the UCI Black Thriving Initiative, the program has continued to prioritize hiring faculty and staff who are paving new paths for research and creative expression, teaching and learning, and community engagement; generating interdisciplinary collaboration; and manifesting UCI's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. UCI has announced hiring initiatives such as the Inclusive Excellence Term Chair Program and the inaugural UCI Black Thriving Initiative Faculty Hiring Program, which has recently announced funding for a proposal focused on environmental health disparities. In this episode of the UCI Podcast Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Doug Haynes reflects on the accomplishments made over the last year and shares plans for year two and beyond.
23 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
The technologies that could solve California’s droughts
Water was never abundant in California, and the state has gone to great lengths to engineer a landscape where millions of people can live. As climate change grows more severe, it is only going to be more challenging to meet the water needs of city dwellers, farmers and nature. But certain technologies and policy changes offer hope. California can recycle wastewater, capture stormwater and desalinate seawater, and policymakers can rethink water management. In this episode of the UCI Podcast, David Feldman, a professor of urban planning and public policy and the director of Water UCI discusses the options for overcoming worsening droughts, including the most important change of all.
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