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Forbes, Dec. 8, 2021 (Contributor)
Predicting The Course And Impact Of The Covid Crisis In The New Year
Andrew Noymer is an associate professor of population health and disease prevention with the University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health.  He predicted that, “The pandemic in 2022 will have another winter wave, less severe and less deadly than in winter 2020-21, but nonetheless still significant, and, in most places, more concerning than the ‘Delta [variant] wave’ of summer 2021. Omicron is a variable here, but even without Omicron, there will be a winter wave.”

CNBC, Dec. 9, 2021
FAA research grants aim to tackle aviation’s massive deficit of greener fuel
“For biofuels to get their foot in the door, you need oil to be a lot more expensive than it is now or the cost of biofuels to come down,” said Jan Brueckner, economics [Distinguished] Professor at the University of California, Irvine. “Airlines can do these kinds of events but the raw economics are that the biofuels are not economical now for an airline.”

The Washington Post, Dec. 8, 2021
Proposed Virginia redistricting maps leave Spanberger miles away from her congressional seat
One of Virginia’s two battleground congressional districts would become a safe Democratic seat in the midterms under a redistricting proposal released by the state Supreme Court late Wednesday afternoon …. The maps were drawn by Sean Trende and Bernard Grofman, [UCI Distinguished Professor of political science], the special masters selected by Republicans and Democrats respectively to aid the state Supreme Court in drawing the state’s new congressional and legislative maps. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

EdSource, Dec. 9, 2021
With standardized testing out, what’s next for University of California admissions?
Dale Leaman, the UC Irvine undergraduate admissions executive director, noted that the system already has a capacity issue. Most campuses receive more qualified applicants than can be admitted.  “There are a finite number of spots. Any time you make a guarantee to one population, you’re reducing the opportunities for another population,” Leaman said. Leaman pointed out that Irvine does guarantee admission to community college transfers meeting specific criteria.

UPI, Dec. 8, 2021
Study: Hydras regenerate heads by changing way their genes are regulated
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine on Wednesday revealed how Hydras, a group of small aquatic animals, can regenerate their own heads. The animals, which are known to have up to 50 heads do not appear to die due to age, or to age at all, use a process to replicate their heads called epigenetics, the researchers said in an article published Wednesday by the journal Genome Biology and Evolution. In this process, they effectively change the way that their genes are regulated, according to the researchers.

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