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The Orange County Register, Aug. 21, 2022 (Opinion)
Opinion Column: Free food for all California school kids, regardless of need, starting now
Greg J. Duncan, Distinguished Professor of education at UC Irvine, said “It is hard for me to imagine that the benefits of providing free meals to higher-income students outweigh the benefits that would come from a tutoring effort.” UC Irvine professor of education Mark Warschauer doesn’t claim expertise here, but is inclined to agree. … Warschauer points to studies that have found many students enrolled in free or reduced-price lunch programs are actually “income ineligible” — meaning their families earn too much to qualify — and many who are eligible don’t enroll at all. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

The Fresno Bee, Aug. 21, 2022
San Joaquin Valley’s most vulnerable communities are hit hardest by climate change
“In the simplest possible terms, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, such as methane, basically form a blanket in the atmosphere that traps heat,” said Jane Baldwin, an assistant professor and researcher of earth science systems at UC Irvine. “When you increase the amount of greenhouse gasses, it’s kind of like making that blanket thicker, basically. And so you’re going to end up seeing even higher temperatures across the globe.”

EdSource, Aug. 23, 2022
California colleges open for fall term with relaxed Covid rules
UC Irvine is holding all classes in person except for a few that are being held online for academic purposes and not for reasons related to the virus. … “I don’t think any of us really want to see a point where we go back to a stay-at-home situation, with online classes,” said David Souleles, director of UC Irvine’s Covid-19 response team. “Across the country, if you look at state and local governments, that’s not on the table for the most part.”

Newsy, Aug. 22, 2022 (Video)
Storms Expected To Continue Flooding Southern States For Days
Across massive swaths of the South, heavy rains are prompting flooding and flash flooding. … “We’re going for periods of a long time without rainfall, and then bang — we’ll get periods of very intense rainfall and flooding,” said David Feldman, professor of urban planning and public policy at the University of California, Irvine.

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 23, 2022 (Column)
Column: Los Angeles, land of the misnamed sports teams
Our two top college teams — the ones defecting to the Big Ten, so let us not speak their names — are called Bruins and Trojans. … Personally, I prefer the modern names that reflect students’ spirit. UC Irvine sends the Anteaters onto the field and the court. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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