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The Orange County Register, Dec. 20, 2022
Scientists, lawmakers meet to discuss to region’s eroding beaches
Scientists, researchers, planners and lawmakers gathered at UC Irvine … to discuss ways to address the region’s chronic coastal erosion issues. The discussion was led by a team of scientists from the Samueli School of Engineering …. Beaches are not just environmental indicators for matters such as sea level rise and climate change, but also economic engines and a rich part of the state’s heritage, said Samueli School of Engineering Dean Magnus Egerstedt. … Brett Sanders, a UCI professor of civil and environmental engineering, said a digital platform could use already available research and data …. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 21, 2022
In Anaheim, taco vendors and officials play a game of a cat-and-mouse
Stephen Lee, a UC Irvine law professor who focuses on immigration and has written about street food justice, said that immigrants in informal economies are vulnerable to exploitation but that street vending is likely no worse than other industries. “There’s going to be an economic exploitation, but that’s true of any kind of industry,” Lee said. “I haven’t seen anything that suggests street vendors are particularly vulnerable or notable in that regard.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Spectrum News 1, Dec. 20, 2022
California considers standardized reading approach
“California is very, very localized. That means when there’s evidence-based approaches, then bringing them to the classroom is really difficult because decisions are made by each teacher,” said Young-Suk Kim, a University of California, Irvine professor and [senior] associate dean of the School of Education. … Kim suggests it’s a problem with the approach teachers use and believes that students should receive evaluation heading into kindergarten, so educators know where they stand.

Orange County Business Journal, Dec. 16, 2022
Charitable Gifts of 2022 Highlighted in February Edition
Last year in our annual listing, we published 88 entries in our ranking of 2021 gifts. It was capped by the Audrey Steele Burnand $57.8 million estate gift to University of California, Irvine to fund the creation of a new campus-wide center that will pursue research into the causes and treatment of depression and support the UCI-managed Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Verywell Family, Dec. 17, 2022
FDA: How To Protect Your Family From Fraudulent Flu Products
Fraudulent flu products are those products that claim to be effective in preventing or treating the flu even though they are not FDA-approved, says Keri Hurley-Kim, PharmD, MPH, BCACP, APh, [health sciences] associate clinical professor, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California, Irvine. But many times, there is little to no clinical evidence to support their use. Not only are these products’ claims unproven, but they could cause uncomfortable side effects. They also could interfere with a person’s prescription medications or cause an allergic reaction.

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