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Smithsonian Magazine, Dec. 12, 2022
A Brief History of Silent Protests
In an authoritarian state with mass censorship, simple words and images can become crimes. Owning silence under such circumstances creates power, says Jeffrey Wasserstrom, [Chancellor’s Professor], a historian specializing in modern Chinese history at the University of California, Irvine. When a protester joins a crowd and says nothing, they deny the state the tools to suppress. … In September 1968, tens of thousands of students staged a silent march calling for greater democracy in Mexico… the students protested by simply carrying flags. “You’re taking the symbols of the regime and exposing the illegitimacy of the regime at the same time,” says [Professor] David Meyer, a sociologist at the University of California, Irvine.

The Orange County Register, Dec. 12, 2022
Southern California coastal towns are losing valuable sand, putting some beaches at risk
If solutions aren’t swift, the Southern California coast — and the economy it supports — will surely suffer. “If we have no sand, it’s like a car and we’ve taken the engine out of it,” said UC Irvine civil engineering professor Brett Sanders, a leading expert on coastal erosion. … UCI grad student Daniel Kahl recently analyzed satellite imagery — a project possible with a $675,000 grant from NASA — to measure beaches through recent decades to find out which are eroding at the fastest pace. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Daily Pilot, Dec. 9, 2022
County headed for another viral winter, as flu, COVID-19 hospitalizations surge
Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine associate professor of population health and disease prevention, told City News Service circumstances seemed to portend a pernicious winter ahead. “We’re back to [COVID] levels not seen since last winter, the tail end of the Omicron wave, and we’re heading into another winter wave,” he said Thursday. … “The best thing people can do is mask in indoor spaces like the mall or the grocery store,” Noymer added. “Christmas will be more fun if people aren’t sick.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Healthline, Dec. 12, 2022
Birth Control Access: Pharmacists Can Write Prescriptions in 20 States
“You could easily find out if a pharmacist on staff there provides birth control by checking the website or giving the pharmacy a call,” Sarah McBane, PharmD, a health sciences clinical professor and founding associate dean for pharmacy education at the UCI School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, said. … “Pharmacists are the most accessible health care provider,” McBane said. “This means that someone could still get birth control without having to take time off of work.”

Scientific American, Dec. 13, 2022
E-Waste Could Become a ‘Gold Mine’ for Rare-Earth Elements
The problem posed by electronic waste, or e-waste, is only getting larger. … Oladele Ogunseitan, [University of California Presidential Chair, Program of Public Health], at the University of California, Irvine, thinks things are starting to change. “We are making enough noise that the manufacturers are not able to ignore it anymore,” he says. … Many researchers working on the e-waste problem have been pleasantly surprised to find enthusiastic partners in the commercial sector. For example, Ogunseitan is conducting research funded by Microsoft ….

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