National Geographic, Aug. 5, 2021
‘World’s oldest’ coin factory discovered in China
Archaeologists excavating the remains of Guanzhuang—an ancient city in China’s eastern Henan Province—have discovered what they believe is the oldest-known coin mint …. Coins are often found “bundled together and completely lacking any of the original context of their production or their use,” says Bill Maurer, a professor of anthropology at the University of California Irvine and director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion. “But in this case, you’ve got the whole mint, and you’ve got the casts that were used.” The completeness of the discovery is what’s remarkable, says Maurer, who was not involved in the research.
The Atlantic, Aug. 6, 2021
Yes, the Pandemic Is Bad Again
Before Delta, Andrew Noymer, a public-health [associate] professor at UC Irvine, wasn’t expecting a significant resurgence of the virus—or a need to re-mask—until the fall. Earlier this summer, “I was out there saying that it’s okay to take off your mask,” Noymer told me. “And here we are seven weeks later—there’s Delta, and guess who’s masking at the grocery store again, even though he’s fully vaccinated? This guy. I feel the same whiplash.”
NPR, Aug 5, 2021
To Remember The Moment, Try Taking Fewer Photos
Snapping too many pictures could actually harm the brain’s ability to retain memories, says Elizabeth Loftus, a psychological science [Distinguished] professor at the University of California, Irvine. So you get the photo but kind of lose the memory. It works in one of two ways, Loftus explains: We either offload the responsibility of remembering moments when we take pictures of them, or we’re so distracted by the process of taking a photo that we miss the moment altogether.
Pharmacy Today, Aug. 1, 2021
Researchers seek to understand COVID-19 medication trends
Jonathan Watanabe, [professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of California, Irvine School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Science] said the study findings shed light on what medications need to be maintained in stock at hospitals as well as which ones need to be understood clinically. The speed of data on the safety and effectiveness of the therapeutics cuts both ways, he noted. “We have to adapt the mindset to ensure that quality evidence reaches the public more quickly, and health data that is more limited is clearly presented to the public with caveats,” Watanabe said.
Sports Illustrated – FanNation, Aug. 4, 2021
Rams to Host Celebrity Flag Football Game on Friday
Training camp is a time for players and coaches to gradually get into the swing of things before the regular season approaches. And on Friday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m. PT, the Rams will step outside of their current regime, as they host a celebrity flag football game following training camp practice at the UC Irvine facility.
Previously “In the News”