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The Orange County Register, Dec. 13, 2021
UC Irvine announces gift toward building new California art museum
UC Irvine officials still need to pick a site for a new museum to house the university’s California art collection, but they’re closer to covering the cost of the facility with a donation announced Monday. … The Institute and Museum of California Art …. new permanent facility will be named for Jack and Shanaz Langson, who are trustees on the UCI Foundation board and have given to the university before (a campus library bears Jack Langson’s name). [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

AP, Dec. 13, 2021
One year of vaccines: Many lives saved, many needlessly lost
“You have to be almost perfect almost all the time to beat this virus,” said Andrew Noymer, [an Associate] public health professor at the University of California, Irvine. “The vaccine alone is not causing the pandemic to crash back to Earth.” One of the great missed opportunities of the COVID-19 pandemic is the shunning of vaccination by many Americans. … “I see the U.S. as being in camps,” Noymer said. “The vaccines have become a litmus test for trust in government.”

The New York Times, Dec. 14, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: Your Pocketbook Is Ruled by This Agency, and It’s in the Middle of a Huge Fight
Mehrsa Baradaran, UCI law professor and Jeremy Kress write, “The last time you walked into a branch of your bank, you might have noticed a sign bearing the official seal of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation …. What you may have not realized, however, is that there is a bitter partisan battle brewing for control of the F.D.I.C. that may determine whether your bank survives, whether a financial crisis wipes out your savings and whether presidential elections matter for financial policymaking.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Daily Pilot, Dec. 10, 2021 (Opinion)
Commentary: Moms-to-be and new moms, don’t delay on COVID-19 vaccines to protect you and your babies
Katherine Chiu, [assistant clinical professor] at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care writes, “We’re urging anyone who is pregnant, who is planning to soon become pregnant or who have babies in their care, to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, for them and their babies’ well-being. For those with newborns: If you delayed being vaccinated during your pregnancy, please do so now, while lactating, to protect both you and your baby.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

EOS, Dec. 14, 2021
Midwest Livestock Operations Linked to Rise in Ammonia Pollution
“We know that ammonia does come from animal husbandry, but actually statistically relating ammonia concentrations to those point sources is not something that we’ve really been able to achieve before,” said Alyssa Burns, a Ph.D. student at … (UCI) and lead author of the study. … “I think there’s an existing air quality regulatory framework that would allow EPA to start working on [ammonia regulations] today,” said Ann Marie Carlton, a professor of chemistry at UCI and a coauthor on the study.

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