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CBS News, Aug. 11, 2021 (Video)
Debate grows over mask mandates in schools as Delta variant poses risk to children
The Biden administration is looking to business, university and health care leaders on ways to boost COVID vaccinations. As CBS News’ Skyler Henry reports, it comes as schools weigh mask mandates inside the classroom. Then, Dr. Dan Cooper, [professor and] associate vice chancellor for clinical and translational science at the University of California, Irvine, joins CBSN’s “Red & Blue” with his analysis.

The New York Times, Aug. 12, 2021
For Many, Hydrogen Is the Fuel of the Future. New Research Raises Doubts.
Jack Brouwer, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine, said that hydrogen would ultimately need to be made using renewable energy to produce what the industry calls green hydrogen, which uses renewable energy to split water into its constituent parts, hydrogen and oxygen. That, he said, would eliminate the fossil and the methane leaks. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

The Washington Post, Aug. 12, 2021
He predicted the dark side of the Internet 30 years ago. Why did no one listen?
“Why do certain kinds of insightful scholars or even people with such an insightful understanding of some field essentially throw their arms in the air and go I’m done with this?” asked Simon Penny, a professor of Fine Arts at University of California, Irvine who has studied [Philip] Agre’s work extensively. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

Refinery 29, Aug. 12, 2021
I Took A Delta-8 Gummy Before Going On A Run. Things Got Weird — Really Weird
Daniele Piomelli, MD, PhD, director of the University of California, Irvine Center for the Study of Cannabis, said that the likelihood of being hurt by taking an untested gummy once is very low, barring an immediate allergic or negative reaction. But he warned that long-term use could potentially cause health issues. … He adds that it’s important to be cautious with all psychoactive substances, and if you’re using them, to check in with yourself often to ensure “your life is not changed in a negative way.”

Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 11, 2021
Can Biden Cancel Student Debt? It Depends Who You Ask
The Biden administration has already used this legal authority in not allowing interest to accrue for borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Dalié Jiménez, director of the Student Loan Law Initiative [and law professor] at the University of California, Irvine. “Call it what you want, but the best legal reasoning for it is the same that the secretary or the president could be using to cancel student debt,” Jiménez said. “The law and the regulations give the secretary a lot of power, and they do not have an explicit cutoff for that power because it has not been tested. No one has challenged the forgiveness of the interest.”

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