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KABC, April 14, 2021 (Video)
UC Irvine students give Black voices a platform through podcast, web series
Two UC Irvine students are giving Black storytellers a platform to share their experiences through a podcast and web series. UC Irvine seniors Tatum Larsen and Sydney Charles are the co-hosts of The Welcome Table web series and Black Fam 2.5 podcast. “We wanted people to know that these people are human. They have problems and everyone is really going through the same things especially if you’re a person of color. There’s a specific set of problems that are unique to specific communities,” Charles said.

Scientific American, April 7, 2021
The Pandemic Doesn’t Mean We Have to Choose between Physical and Mental Health
Jessica Borelli, UCI psychological science professor and June Gruber write, “Ultimately, even with three vaccines now approved for emergency use, we are still in this pandemic for the long haul. If we ignore our mental health needs, any issues we have may worsen, making it harder to recover when we finally try to address them and when the pandemic has etched into history. We offer a few evidence-based suggestions for how to approach this mental and physical decision duality: ….”

Daily Pilot, April 14, 2021 (Column)
Apodaca: Revisiting Dr. Dark Cloud’s predictions a year into the pandemic
A year ago I interviewed Dr. Dark Cloud, and it was a jaw-dropper. Otherwise known as Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of Public Health at UC Irvine and a noted authority on past pandemics and a self-identified data nerd — the good doctor discussed with me the coronavirus pandemic, which was then still in its early stages. … I caught up with Noymer recently to ask him to reflect on the past year, how his expectations matched up with reality, what we’ve learned about the spread of the novel coronavirus and what we might experience going forward. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Salon, April 15, 2021
4 things to know about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine pause
To put the less-than-1-in-a-million risk of getting a severe blood clot from the J&J vaccine in perspective, people face a 1-in-500,000 chance each year of being struck by lightning. “It’s important to keep these numbers in context,” Jonathan Watanabe, a professor of clinical pharmacy and an associate dean in the College of Health and Sciences at the University of California-Irvine, said of the rare blood clots. “While frightening, it’s a rare event.” The risk of blood clots associated with covid infection is actually greater, he added.

BBC – Future Planet, April 14, 2021
The poorly understood power of seaweed
As well as taking carbon out of the atmosphere, seaweeds also help rehabilitate their immediate environment by lowering the acidity levels around them, according to a 2018 study by ecologists Nyssa Silbiger and Cascade Sorte, [associate professor of biology], at the University of California, Irvine.

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