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The New York Times, April 27, 2021
Can You Have Alcohol After the Covid Vaccine?
“If you are truly a moderate drinker, then there’s no risk of having a drink around the time of your vaccine,” said Ilhem Messaoudi, director of the Center for Virus Research at the University of California, Irvine, who has conducted research on the effects of alcohol on the immune response. “But be very cognizant of what moderate drinking really means. It’s dangerous to drink large amounts of alcohol because the effects on all biological systems, including the immune system, are pretty severe and they occur pretty quickly after you get out of that moderate zone.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Shape, April 27, 2021
How to Prepare for Your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment
It might seem farfetched, but making a face while you receive a vaccine might make it hurt less. A small University of California, Irvine study suggested that making certain facial expressions can actually blunt the pain of a needle’s injection compared to keeping a neutral face while receiving the shot. Participants who made a Duchenne smile — a big, tooth-baring grin that creates crinkles by your eyes — and those who made a grimace reported that the experience hurt about half as much as a group that kept a neutral expression.

Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2021
California is primed for a severe fire season, but just how bad is anybody’s guess
James Randerson, [Chancellor’s] Professor of Earth system science at UC Irvine [said], “When there’s drought there may be fewer fires, but when they do ignite they tend to move faster, can get bigger and be more destructive. The fuel is drier so they move more rapidly out of containment.” … “The concurrence of human-caused climate change, which is drying out our forests and grasslands and creating longer stretches of hot weather, and a steady influx of people into remote areas is creating conditions for the perfect fire storm,” said co-author Tirtha Banerjee, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

NBC News, April 27, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: The Supreme Court is poised to gut campaign finance laws over donor privacy demands
The court heard oral arguments Monday in challenges to a California law that requires nonprofits to disclose their biggest donors …. As an expert on campaign finance and election law, Richard Hasen, a [Chancellor’s] Professor at the University of California, Irvine Law School, observes, given the particular set of facts, California is almost certain to lose — and it may not get a single vote.

Nikkei Asia, April 27, 2021
China-born Chloe Zhao sought common ground in Oscars speech
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of history and Aynne Kokas write, “In her acceptance speech for the Best Director Oscar for “Nomadland,” Chloe Zhao recited the first verses of the San Zi Jing, a classic Confucian poem her father taught her. … We can choose to interpret her decision to quote from a pre-modern poem she shared with her family as a way to find common ground at a time of exhausting, unending division.”

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