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The New York Times, June 13, 2022
F.D.A. Approves Alopecia Drug That Restores Hair Growth in Many Patients
Dr. Natasha Atanaskova Mesinkovska, the chief scientific officer at the National Alopecia Areata Foundation and a dermatology [associate] professor at the University of California, Irvine, helped the pharmaceutical companies find patients for their trials. She, too, has been impressed by the results in those who have responded to the drugs. Severe hair loss not only “robs a person of their identity” but is “a medical issue,” she said, adding that when people lose hair in their nose and ears, it affects allergies and hearing. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

KCBS, June 14, 2022 (Video)
Wild Rivers water park reopening in Irvine amid SoCal drought
“Well, there’s no question that the optics are questionable,” said Professor David Feldman, with the University of California, Irvine, Water Resources Management. “In fairness, the planning for this park probably took place over a lengthy period of time.” Feldman said the 900,000 gallons of water for the park is a fraction of what golf courses use for irrigation. “By comparison, a typical golf course can use anywhere from, say, 300,000 to 500,000 gallons of water a day, considerably more, and fewer people use golf courses,” Feldman said.

Los Angeles Times, June 10, 2022
20 Western Hemisphere nations sign Los Angeles Declaration on migrants despite key absences
Louis DeSipio, a political science professor at UC Irvine with expertise in immigration, said the declaration’s labeling of migration as a regional challenge and responsibility is important both symbolically and substantively. … “President Biden’s support here is primarily financial, but several Latin American leaders are making substantive contributions by creating new migration opportunities,” DeSipio said. “Over time, if these early efforts are successful … this could create the foundation for more routine labor migration within the Americas, or at least South America.”  [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

WIRED, June 9, 2022
India Isn’t Ready for a Deadly Combination of Heat and Humidity
Such events are going to become increasingly common as climate change warms the world. What magnifies the problem is that as temperatures rise, so does the absolute humidity in the atmosphere, says Jane Baldwin, assistant professor in the Department of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine. Thanks to what’s known as the Clausius–Clapeyron relationship of thermodynamics, “for every 1-degree increase in temperature, you see a 7 percent increase in humidity,” she explains. It means that for countries like India, climate change has a compounding impact.

Orange Coast Magazine, June 7, 2022
Top 10 Summer Must-Do’s in O.C.
New Swan Shakespeare Festival
When: Weekends, July 8 through Sept. 3
Where: UC Irvine
Why: Getting to sit in the 15-ton, portable, mini-Elizabethan theater is experience enough; watching actors perform “The Comedy of Errrors” or “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” for the 10th anniversary season makes the evening sublime.
More here: newswanshakespeare.com

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