UCI News

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 6, 2022
Los Angeles County seeks flood control improvements in face of climate change
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion calling on the Department of Public Works to prepare a report on the viability of existing flood control infrastructure, as well as plans for reducing flood risks and making disadvantaged communities more resilient. The motion … was spurred by a recent study led by UC Irvine researchers. … “Our infrastructure was built at a time when the county only cared about two things: economic development and safety from damaging storms,” Brett Sanders [UCI professor of civil and environmental engineering] said. “Now, we have an opportunity to rebuild it with a new set of goals.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, Dec. 7, 2022 (Opinion)
Opinion: Trump Is Unraveling Before Our Eyes, but Will It Matter?
“The Republican Party faces a lose-lose proposition as long as Trump is politically active,” Martin Wattenberg, a political science professor at the University of California, Irvine, wrote by email in response to my inquiry. “If Trump succeeds in getting the nomination again, it would seem that his brand is so damaged among independents and some Republicans that he will be unelectable,” Wattenberg continued. “And if Trump loses his nomination fight, it seems highly likely that he will charge that he is a victim of voter fraud and damage the legitimacy of the Republican nominee.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

KABC Dec. 6, 2022 (Video)
OC health officer: COVID ‘going to get worse’ amid low vaccinations rates, lax community precautions
Dr. Jose Mayorga, executive director of UCI Health Family Health Centers [and assistant clinical professor], said some folks have let their guard down when it comes to protecting themselves. … “People were very much aware of their risk of getting sick from COVID and so people were wearing masks, they were washing their hands really well,” Dr. Mayorga said. “They were limiting their indoor activities in crowded spaces. All that’s kind of been let go to some extent.”

Geeky News, Dec. 6, 2022
Mysterious ‘eyelashes’ on our brain cells may be related to our perception of time
“Our findings could revolutionize our understanding of brain function and mental disorders in the context of the important task performed by these hitherto unrecognized organelles in the function of the brain’s central clock,” said Amal Alachkar, author of the new study and department professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine (USA).

Cronkite News, Dec. 2, 2022
‘Like a home:’ Filipino American students join to raise visibility, preserve heritage
Growing up in the Orange County suburbs south of Los Angeles, Camelia Heins felt like her Filipino heritage was kept at a distance. She didn’t encounter many Filipinos. … Heins, … joined Kababayan, a student organization at the University of California, Irvine that taught her more about her culture and allowed her to help other students. Kababayan (“Fellow Countryman” in Tagalog) is one of the hundreds of college clubs dedicated to celebrating Filipino culture on U.S. college campuses. Now serving as the community and political affairs chair, Heins can immerse herself in the politics and history of Filipinos in America to share at club meetings.

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