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UPI, Aug. 11, 2021
Study: COVID-19 during pregnancy raises risk for preterm delivery, complications
Pregnant women with COVID-19 are about 40% more likely to deliver their babies prematurely, according to a study published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open. … “For expectant mothers, it is important to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection,” study co-author Dr. Ninh T. Nguyen, told UPI in an email. “Infection at the time of childbirth is associated with higher risk for ICU admission, preterm birth and even death,” said Nguyen, [professor and] chair of the department of surgery at the University of California, Irvine.

Voice of OC, Aug. 10, 2021
OC Schools Reopen for Fall Without Alternate Plans if COVID Outbreaks Hit
“The honest answer is we don’t know how it’s going to play out because we’re dealing with a highly transmissible variant,” said UC Irvine biostatistician [and statistics professor] Vladimir Minin on Voice of OC’s Monday virtual COVID town hall. Minin noted that most of the tactics and data schools are now relying on were developed before the highly contagious Delta variant hit. His colleague, UCI epidemiologist [and nursing assistant professor] Sanghyuk Shin, echoed Minin’s concerns. “What we’re seeing is in the places where schools have opened up in the presence of Delta, they had to close down very quickly. We’ve seen that in Mississippi,” Shin said during the town hall. “Within just a week of school opening up, 5 outbreaks at 5 different schools — they had to close down and go back to remote learning.”

Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 9, 2021
Business Journal’s 2020 Innovators Keep Winning
UCI Physics Professor Michael Dennin kept up his role as “the Superhero Scientist” on a YouTube show, “Fascinating Gadgets Gizmos & Gear Based Technologies,” …. In the past year, Dennin also kept busy with his full time job as vice provost for Teaching and Learning and as dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of California, Irvine. … Dennin also managed to find time for five new episodes of his podcast, “Conversations with the Vice Provost” where he interviewed UCI experts in their fields, such as how a library works in today’s world. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CNN, Aug. 11, 2021
John Roberts and the Supreme Court might block anything Democrats do on voting rights
“Whichever way congress would go in trying to amend the Voting Rights Act and reestablish some form of preclearance, it’s going to have a Supreme Court where at least some members are going to be extremely skeptical of congressional power in this area,” said Rick Hasen, law [Chancellor’s] professor at University of California, Irvine.

Smithsonian Magazine, Aug. 9, 2021
World’s Oldest Known Coin Mint Found in China
Archaeologists in China have found what they say is the world’s oldest known coin manufacturing site. … Bill Maurer, [professor of anthropology & social sciences dean], at the University of California Irvine who was not involved in the new research, tells National Geographic’s Jillian Kramer that the discovery of the coins together with the molds used to make them is highly unusual. Ancient coins are often discovered in hoards far removed from the sites where they were minted, making it difficult to date them.

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