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Reason (Academic Freedom Alliance), Dec. 2, 2021 (Podcast)
The Academic Freedom Podcast #8 with Howard Gillman
In this episode I talk with Howard Gillman about the view from a university president’s office on the campus free speech situation today. Gillman is the chancellor of the University of California, Irvine …. He is the co-author of Free Speech on Campus and advisory board co-chair of the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. … The conversation with Gillman is particularly wide ranging, and he has thought about these issues more deeply than your average university president given his own scholarly background in constitutional law. There is a lot to learn here.

Yahoo News (USA Today), Dec. 1, 2021
Biden to reveal ‘winter plan’ on COVID, omicron variant. Here’s what health experts want to hear.Health experts expect an uptick in COVID-19 cases this winter, even if omicron doesn’t arrive to the U.S. They don’t foresee officials recommending to cancel holiday plans, but hope they urge Americans to take extra precautions. This includes masking in public spaces, social distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene, said Karen Edwards, professor and chair of the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, Irvine.

Scientific American, Dec. 1, 2021
Elusive Neutrino Candidates Detected in Breakthrough Physics Experiment
“Prior to this project, no sign of neutrinos has ever been seen at a particle collider,” co-author Jonathan Feng, a physics and astronomy professor at the University of California, Irvine and co-leader of the FASER collaboration, said in a statement. “This significant breakthrough is a step toward developing a deeper understanding of these elusive particles and the role they play in the universe.” … This is just the beginning of a highly ambitious quest to detect neutrino interactions and continue to explore the strange world of subatomic particles, co-author David Casper, a FASER project co-leader and associate professor at UCI said ….

Becker’s Spine Review, Dec. 1, 2021
$5.5M grant awarded for spinal stem cell research
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has awarded a $5.5 million grant to a University of California, Irvine professor to study the use of stem cells to treat chronic cervical spinal cord injury. Aileen Anderson, PhD, director of UCI’s Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center and professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, will use the funds to develop a new human neural stem cell therapy.

Spectrum News 1, Dec. 1, 2021
The omicron variant asks new questions with few answers
And as the omicron variant spreads, which appears to have surfaced first in South Africa, officials are struggling to explain it. “I’ve been huddling with my colleagues in the field about this and nobody really knows yet. We’re all trying to decipher what this means and the answer is nobody knows,” said Andrew Noymer, a University of California, Irvine [associate professor of population health and disease prevention]. … Sanghyuk Shin, director of the UC Irvine Infectious Disease Science Initiative, [and associate professor of nursing] said restaurants have the right idea and that government may need to step in to take things further.

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