UCI News

Daily Pilot, Dec. 14, 2021
Orange County to don masks again as state mandate goes into effect Wednesday
David Souleles, head of UC Irvine’s COVID-19 response team … said early evidence suggests the Omicron variant is more transmissible when compared to the Delta variant but that it is too early to say whether or not the illness will be more severe in those infected by the latter. … “Vaccines are still important and boosting is important, but there is good scientific evidence that masking is an effective tool in reducing COVID-19 transmission,” said Souleles. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

GQ, Dec. 9, 2021
The 50 Best Books of Literary Journalism of the 21st Century
38. Deep Down Dark, by Héctor Tobar, [UCI associate professor of Chicano/Latino Studies, English, and Literary Journalism]. The exclusive tale of the 33 men who were trapped underground for 69 days when a copper-and-gold mine in the Atacama Desert in Chile collapsed in 2010. Tobar, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and novelist, focuses in equal parts on the drama of the miners beneath the earth and the family members … above. “With careful pacing, Tobar makes the story so visceral and gripping, it’s almost a fly-on-the-wall account of a natural disaster,” said Rosecrans Baldwin ….

The New York Times, Dec. 11, 2021
Hydra DNA Reveals There’s More Than One Way to Regrow a Head
“It’s one of these organisms that’s thought to never die unless you try to kill it or, you know, starve it to death,” Ali Mortazavi, a developmental biologist  [and professor] at the University of California, Irvine, said. A hydra’s regenerative abilities allow it to constantly replace bits of itself, so it doesn’t succumb to things like old age or disease. … Mortazavi and his colleagues have taken a big step in understanding how a hydra regenerates its head. … “Clearly there’s more than one way to make a head,” he said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Voice of OC, Dec. 12, 2021
Local Public Health Experts Say OC Residents Can Expect Winter COVID Surge Fueled by Omicron
Sanghyuk Shin, a UC Irvine epidemiologist [and associate professor of nursing] who’s been tracking Omicron spread in Europe and South Africa [said], “Every indication suggests that we could be headed into a very bad COVID winter. First, driven by Delta and then Omicron, I think, is going to take over very rapidly and potentially create a huge surge across the US,” he said in a Friday phone interview. … “The thing I think Omicron does is it kind of removes a lot of the doubt — there will be a winter wave.” Andrew Noymer, [UCI associate professor of public health], said ….

KPR, Dec. 14, 2021 (Audio)
Conversations: Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson, “Frequently Asked Questions About the Universe”
On this edition of Conversations, Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson talk with host Dan Skinner about “Frequently Asked Questions About the Universe.” Cham is the cartoonist behind the popular online comic Piled Higher and Deeper (a.k.a. PHD Comics). He holds a PhD in robotics from Stanford University. Daniel Whiteson is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. Together they are the cohosts of the podcast “Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe,” and creators of the animated PBS series “Elinor Wonders Why.”

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