The Denver Post, April 11, 2021
Certain Colorado mass shootings prompt change. Other gun deaths don’t.
The increase in the number of deadly mass shootings in public places have made many feel like they have only one or two degrees of separation from the violence, said Michele Bratcher Goodwin, [Chancellor’s Professor], director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. That’s how people who live in communities where gun violence is common often feel — that their life might end at any moment. “It’s a complex form of a trauma, of PTSD, that we don’t give attention to,” Goodwin said. “It’s layer after layer of things that make your existence fragile without the other things that allow other people some sense of relief.”
The Guardian, April 12, 2021
‘We’re not taught to speak out’: Asian Americans find their voice amid rise in hate
This experience of racism and xenophobia is something that Asians in America have shared since the 1800s, when immigrants from Asia started coming to the US. … No matter whether a person was Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Filipino, they were regarded as “yellow peril”. “They were different, but they were merged together” in the US, said Linda Trinh Vo, a professor of Asian American studies at the University of California at Irvine. The phenomenon worked “to prevent them from being integrated into this country”.
Smithsonian Magazine, April 9, 2021
Climate Change Linked to Increase in Arctic Lightning Strikes
Right now, lightning strikes are the only natural cause of wildfires in the Arctic, says University of California Irvine climate scientist Yang Chen, [assistant researcher, Earth system science], first author of the Nature Climate Change study, to Philip Kiefer at Popular Science. When permafrost burns, it releases immense amounts of greenhouse gases that contribute to the warming climate that causes more lightning strikes. All together, that creates a climate change-accelerating cycle.
Scientific American, April 1, 2021
Dark Matter’s Last Stand
Although dark matter has proved more elusive than some had initially hoped, physicists are far from giving up. “A lot of people have a view of science that is like Star Trek,” says theoretical physicist [professor] Tim Tait of the University of California, Irvine. “You see something and take out a tricorder and get an answer. But it’s actually a very messy process, and you try lots of things until you find something that works. All the things that didn’t work were an important part of the process.”
Science News, April 9, 2021
A trek under Thwaites Glacier’s ice shelf reveals specific risks of warm water
The under-ice trek of an autonomous underwater vehicle is giving scientists their first direct evidence for how and where warm ocean waters are threatening the stability of Antarctica’s vulnerable Thwaites Glacier. … “We know there’s a sick patient out there, and it’s not able to tell us where it hurts,” says Eric Rignot, a glaciologist [and professor of Earth system science], at the University of California, Irvine who was not involved in the new study. “So this is the first diagnosis.”
Previously “In the News”