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CNN, Dec. 14, 2019
Scientists have discovered deepest point on land
A new study shows that the deepest point on land is under the Denman Glacier in East Antarctica. Glaciologists at the University of California, Irvine, were mapping the area only to find that the trough under the glacier went far deeper than they had imagined. … Dr. Mathieu Morlighem, an associate professor in the Department of Earth System Science at the University of California at Irvine, is leading this project. “The biggest challenge about the project is that Antarctica is HUGE!” he said, excitedly. “It’s bigger than the U.S. and Mexico combined.” Morlighem and his team used a new technology called BedMachine to make this discovery.

American Medical Association, Dec. 13, 2019
Burnout prevention can begin in medical school, residency training
Last year, the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine launched #MDsToo, a student-mistreatment prevention curriculum focused on the experiences of faculty and residents themselves. “Students who are victims or witnesses of the treatment become desensitized to these inappropriate behaviors and then ultimately go on to model them as residents and faculty,” said Khan-Van Le-Bucklin, MD, the school’s vice dean of medical education. … UC Irvine is now developing an #MDsToo curriculum for students and disseminating the curriculum to other medical schools.

Vox, Dec. 16, 2019
Mitt Romney and Michael Bennet just unveiled a basic income plan for kids
What’s more, a growing body of evidence suggests that investments in early childhood development can pay off in lower crime, higher earnings, and greater educational attainment later on. Programs that give families cash, according to UC Irvine economist [Distinguished Professor] Greg Duncan, result in better learning outcomes and higher earnings for their kids. One study found a $3,000 annual income increase for poor parents is associated with 19-percent higher earnings for their child once they grow up. That implies that a child allowance of that size could dramatically improve the lives of children decades later.

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 15, 2019
Vietnamese immigrants rally behind Hong Kong protesters, pushing for democracy in Asia
The Vietnamese diaspora’s fear of China’s “encroaching reach across East Asia” is “valid and justified,” said Lev Nachman, a doctoral candidate at UC Irvine researching the relationship between social movements and political parties, with an emphasis on Taiwan and Hong Kong. However, he added, Taiwan is “well prepared to fight back against a potential domino effect. Unlike Vietnam, Taiwan is a democracy, and unlike Hong Kong, Taiwan is de facto independent from the [People’s Republic of China].” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

California Healthline, Dec. 16, 2019
Valley Fever Cases Climb In California’s Central Valley — And Beyond
Valley fever is caused by a Coccidioides fungus that lives in the soil of California’s Central Valley, Arizona and areas of other Southwestern states prone to desert-type conditions. … Using climate models, UC-Irvine researchers projected that by 2100 the expanse of areas with hot, dry conditions favored by the fungus could double and the number of valley fever cases could grow by 50%.

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