UCI News

The Washington Post, April 27, 2022
U.S. no longer in ‘full-blown’ pandemic phase, Fauci says
[Anthony] Fauci’s comments on the end of the “pandemic phase” could easily be misinterpreted, said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist [and associate professor of public health], at the University of California, Irvine. “There’s still a lot of moving parts here. I don’t disagree with what Fauci said, but as soon as I heard it, I figured it would be wildly misinterpreted by your average member of the public,” Noymer said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

Los Angeles Times, April 26, 2022
Seven proposals for how Elon Musk should run Twitter
David Kaye,  director of the International Justice Clinic and co-director of the Fair Elections and Free Speech Center [and clinical professor] at the UC Irvine School of Law [said], “I would be thrilled to see Elon Musk do two things. First, he should emphasize the transparency part of his critique, opening up Twitter to greater disclosure about how it makes rules and enforces them. Second, he should discard his narrow, grade-school version of free speech — in which the sole speaker is all that matters — in favor of one that understands the unique public role played by Twitter not only for high-profile speakers but for the marginalized and for audiences.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KPCC, April 27, 2022 (Audio)
Metropolitan Water District Declares Drought Emergency & Snow Survey Shows Improved Snowpack
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is declaring a drought emergency, restricting outdoor watering to once a week starting June 1. Water districts throughout the area will be affected by this resolution, giving us a clearer picture of the current status of our record drought. … Today on AirTalk, we talk to water resource manager at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Brad Coffey, … and Amir AghaKouchak, professor of civil and environmental engineering [and Earth system science] at UC Irvine.

Health, April 27, 2022
How to Know if Your N95 Mask Is Counterfeit or Real
If you don’t have an N95 mask, there’s no reason to worry. What’s more important is ensuring your mask fits well and is comfortable to wear, Shruti Gohil, MD, [assistant] professor of medicine and associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention with UCI Health, told Health. “Choose a mask that you’re likely to wear and keep it on whenever you are in public and try not to fidget with it,” said Dr. Gohil.

WOSU, April 27, 2022 (Audio)
Wellness Wednesday: The phenomenon of forgetfulness
The phenomenon of forgetfulness may be connected to external stressors. We are learning about how this connection works, and what we can do to avoid such ‘brain fog’. We’re also talking about online health trends, namely those under the guise of ‘gut health’. We look at those trends and whether or not they have any standing. Guests: [Professor] Sara C. Mednick, cognitive neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine; author of The Hidden Power of the Downstate ….

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