UCI News

PBS Newshour, April 20, 2022 (Video)
Could hydrogen be the clean fuel of the future?
As leaders around the world search for cleaner energy solutions to fight climate change, a question has emerged: Could hydrogen be the clean fuel of the future? … Jack Brouwer is director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. He is convinced a future that runs on hydrogen … is finally around the corner. … “You could actually design a fuel cell engine that can be just as fast as any battery engine,” [said Brouwer].

Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2022
‘I’m not all better’: How long COVID upended the life of an L.A. teen
Dr. Vanessa Wu, a physician with the UCI Health COVID Recovery Service, said her adolescent patients with long COVID have suffered ongoing symptoms, including brain fog, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues and breathing problems. The range of symptoms can be so vast that “long COVID is probably a bucket term that is too broad.” Some also face worsening anxiety or volleying moods, which leads to a “chicken and the egg” question, Wu said. “Are people anxious and depressed because of all their other symptoms and how that’s impacting their everyday life — or is it also part of their long COVID?” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The 19th, April 20, 2022
Pregnant people are at ‘greater risk’ in states hit hard by wildfire smoke, air pollution, new report shows
Worsening birth outcomes are not the only concern. Jun Wu, a public health professor at the University of California, Irvine has been studying other risks pregnant people might face due to a mix of air pollutants. “What we found is that for women living in areas with higher air pollution, the risk of developing gestational diabetes is higher,” she said. Their babies are also at higher risk of being born preterm. … In southern California one of the major sources of that pollution is traffic, she said.

The Sacramento Bee, April 20, 2022
Masks are optional across the U.S. Here are 3 reasons you might want to wear one
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new awareness for many of just how easily a disease can be transmitted, said Alison Holman, [associate professor of nursing], … at the University of California, Irvine and there are at least three reasons why some folks won’t want to shed them completely. …  “There are people who are judicious and take personal responsibility and protect themselves because of that, and that’s great,” Holman said, “In so doing, they’re taking care of themselves and other people, which is in their own interest. Even if they don’t think of it that way, it is in their own interest, ultimately.”

Crooked – Stuck with Damon Young, April 20, 2022 (Podcast)
Stuck on All the Shiny Sh*t I Want to Buy
I called Mehrsa Baradaran, who’s a law professor at UC Irvine. And also the author of, The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap, which examines… Black banking in the racial wealth gap, like it says right there in the subtitle. But really I called her to unpack what growing up broke, in America, does to us.

Previously “In the News”