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The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 3, 2022
Colleges Scale Back Covid Precautions for Fall, Saying Pandemic Phase Over
University of California, Irvine, set aside 166 beds for isolation housing this fall, down from 362 in the spring. David Souleles, director of the school’s Covid-19 response team, said that is partly in response to updated guidance from public-health officials. Cutting isolation beds will also free up more beds for the general student population in the midst of a housing crunch. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Marketplace, Aug. 3, 2022
Wildfires disproportionately affect low-income Americans, study finds
Other research on this topic from UC Irvine found that older folks are more likely to live in places with a high risk of wildfires. That study’s author, research scientist Shahir Masri, said what we’re seeing here is how climate change and its effects – like worsening wildfires – are linked to inequality, whether we’re talking about floods or air pollution or extreme heat waves.

New York Magazine – The Cut, Aug. 1, 2022
A Mini Tinder Time Capsule
According to E. M. Hernandez, a postdoctoral philosophy fellow researching interpersonal ethics at UC Irvine, the act of ghosting treats the other person as someone without an equivalent capacity for emotion and thought, but instead as a tool. There is a philosophical term for this: taking the objective attitude. It’s “the idea of doing things to make sure that you can get out of the situation and manage their emotions,” Hernandez said. It is how we treat pets or young children, for example, training them through positive reinforcement.

Health, Aug. 1, 2022
Monkeypox in Children: What Parents Need To Know About the Risks
There are a few other ways of transmitting monkeypox, though they are less common. It could spread through droplets or “contact with contaminated clothes, bedding, furniture and possibly other shared items,” Karen Edwards, Ph.D a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, Irvine program in public health, told Health. However, Edwards added, “the majority of infections are due to direct contact with someone with an active rash.”

Bloomberg – Prognosis: Losing it, Aug. 2, 2022 (Podcast)
Episode Five: Just Don’t Call it A Diet
Companies like WW, formerly Weight Watchers, and Noom, which makes a popular weight-loss app, have a new pitch for would-be members: that they can lose weight with a holistic lifestyle approach instead of dieting. This new episode of podcast series “Losing It” explores why the backlash against dieting is happening, how companies are getting in on the action, and whether we’re actually over dieting and losing weight. Featured: Sabrina Strings, UCI Chancellor’s Fellow & associate professor, sociology.

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