Orange County Register, April 8, 2021
UCI announces $1 billion raised in campaign for university’s future
Roughly six years into a decade-long fundraising campaign seeking $2 billion for research, student scholarships and other initiatives, UC Irvine announced this week that half of its goal has been met. The $1 billion in donations raised so far is part of UCI’s Brilliant Future campaign – initiated in 2015 and launched publicly in 2019 – and has “contributed to the construction of new buildings and the creation of more than 140 new scholarships, fellowships and student awards, as well as the establishment of 38 endowed chairs that support pioneering research,” university officials said in a statement. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]
The New York Times, April 9, 2021
How Epidemiologists Are Planning to Vacation With Their Unvaccinated Kids
“Surges may result in more restrictions,” which could be local or more widespread, and could affect mass transit, said Karen Edwards, [professor and] chairwoman of the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, Irvine. “If you are set on travel that would include flying to specific destinations, including international destinations, then I would be prepared to change those plans and have a backup that would still give you and your family a much-needed break and change of scenery,” she added. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]
National Geographic, April 9, 2021
Once-rare Arctic lightning is now more frequent—and may reshape the region
Increased lightning is a worrying sign of today’s rapidly accelerating climate change, scientists say, but they’re also concerned for the future: More lightning could set off a cascade of ecological shifts that could release huge Arctic reserves of carbon into the atmosphere, accelerating warming further. “The previous numbers [of lightning flashes] have been small, but it could have a really big climate impact,” says Yang Chen, a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, and the lead author of one of the new studies, published in Nature Climate Change.
Forbes, April 9, 2021 (Contributor)
Chronic Stress Is Unhealthy, But A Little Stress Isn’t Always So Bad
“Saying a little stress is good for health is at first not exactly what you might expect,” said Susan Charles, professor of psychological science at the University of California, Irvine. “There’s a lot of research out there saying stress is not good for our health and it’s valid. Stress can be very damaging.” … But at the same time, a life with zero stress isn’t the goal. … “You need to be engaged in a way that can put you out there and keeps your brain active,” said Charles.
The Sacramento Bee, April 9, 2021
Sacramento County must stop torturing mentally ill jail inmates with solitary confinement
“To move forward with structural reforms in a way that accepts people as collateral feels disturbing,” said Keramet Reiter, an associate professor of criminology and law at UC Irvine. “Figuring out how to ameliorate the really terrible conditions seriously mentally ill people, in particular, are in … and treating them humanely, to me is a step in reframing the system.”
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