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Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2021
California’s massive UC and Cal State systems plan to require COVID-19 vaccinations this fall
The University of California and California State University announced Thursday that they will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff on campus properties this fall once the Food and Drug Administration gives formal approval to the vaccines and supplies are sufficiently available. … Ashima Kundu, a 21-year-old neurobiology student at UC Irvine, said she and many of her friends support a vaccine requirement. “I don’t know how in-person school would be conducted safely if there weren’t a vaccination requirement,” said Kundu, who works as an EMT and is vaccinated. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

ABC News, April 22, 2021 (Slideshow)
Women on the frontlines of climate science
ABC News profiled several female scientists who are studying the effects of climate change on the Earth. Here are some of their photos and stories. … Isabella Velicogna is a Professor of Earth System Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. “I am a geophysicist. I study the glaciers and ice sheets using time variable gravity data from satellites in combination with other observations. My research goal is to understand how the ice sheets contribute to sea level rise now and in the future. I also conduct field experiments in glacial fjords to measure what we cannot observe from satellites to better understand the glacier evolution.” [Slides 17-18]

The Washington Post, April 22, 2021
You asked: Can we go on a cruise this summer?
Karen Edwards, professor and chair of the department of epidemiology at University of California at Irvine, says following … precautions is recommended for vaccinated and unvaccinated cruise travelers alike, though Edwards does not recommend someone take a cruise unless they have been fully immunized. “I would certainly keep up the good hygiene habits of hand washing, and I would wear my mask,” Edwards says. “I would just act as if I weren’t vaccinated, but at least feel a little more confident I’m protected against covid.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Coindesk, April 22, 2021
Everything We Want Costs Energy, Including Bitcoin
“When looking at bitcoin and comparing its energy use to all of Argentina for example, what, to me, that should do is compel the next question, which is, what’s the energy consumption of the Internet of Things (IoT) or even [artificial intelligence]. What are the other large, computationally driven practices that are becoming more and more prevalent in our everyday lives?” said Bill Maurer, director, Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at the University of California, Irvine, in a call.

ACS, April 22, 2021
Meet the author that bridges chemistry from Lake Ester to the Philippines
“I am Erin Joy E. Araneta and I am an undergraduate student researcher working on organometallic chemistry research at Dr. Jenny Yang’s lab at UC Irvine. … What inspired me to write Adventures of Chemist Clara are young girls who are in the minority like me. … Giving the children the opportunity to see themselves in these careers through books will increase diversity in STEM. … UC Irvine recently awarded me as an undergraduate innovation fellow that will provide me with funds to write more books.”

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