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Tampa Bay Times, Aug. 13, 2022 (Opinion/Guest Column)
Can Baby Boomers quit fearing monkeypox if they were vaccinated against smallpox as kids? | Column
Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health and Andrew Lover write, “Can Americans — baby boomers, mostly — relax if they were vaccinated against smallpox as kids? Maybe, but we are health scientists who have been observing the epidemiology of monkeypox for years, and we are concerned about complacency.”

Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 8, 2022
2022 Innovator of the Year Award Nominees – Brett Sanders, UCI Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Brett Sanders, PhD., is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine’s Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy. Ever since he was a child, Professor Sanders was fascinated by the everyday implications of how humans interact with water. … Professor Sanders’ research group created the first-ever fine-resolution model of flood risk across the Los Angeles/Orange County floodplain and a public dataset displaying the beach erosion throughout the same region – models used across communities to assess risk and take preventative measures to mitigate urban water damage and coastal erosion. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Orange County Register, Aug. 11, 2022
Renters are largely left out of the eco-home movement, but solutions exist
When it comes to making homes more environmentally friendly, there’s a growing catalog of resources and financial incentives to help property owners install solar panels, tear out lawns or add charging stations for electric vehicles. … “Very little focus or funding is directed toward renters,” said Michael Méndez, an urban planning [assistant] professor at UC Irvine who focuses on environmental issues. “But 40% of the country’s total energy consumption comes from buildings, such as rental units. So it’s important that we don’t lose that key sector in terms of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Healthline, Aug. 9, 2022
Why the Human Mind Is ‘Not Designed’ to Stay Awake Past Midnight
The body has four different rhythms that help it function, one of which is circadian. Our circadian rhythms essentially tell us when to wake up and wind down. In addition, it’s thought there are four chronotypes, or different circadian types, that are influenced by everything from genetics and environment to sex and age. These chronotypes “play into whether you are more or less affected by the time of day issues,” said Sara Mednick, PhD, professor of cognitive sciences at the School of Social Sciences at the University of California Irvine, and author of “The Power of the Downstate.”

Bloomberg, Aug. 12, 2022
Banks Balk at Biden Team’s Anti-Redlining Plan, Teeing Up Clash
Two of the [banking] industry’s top lobbying groups have come out against a proposal to change how firms are judged on efforts to provide credit to historically under-served groups. … The proposal represents “a major change” because bank regulators haven’t been seeking big overhauls beyond responding to the 2008 financial crisis, said Mehrsa Baradaran, a University of California, Irvine law professor and author of “How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation and the Threat to Democracy.” “The CRA has been needing to be updated for a long time,” she said, adding that the plan could go further but was a good first step.

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