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Associated Press, Feb. 13, 2019
Cleaning Routine Shows Promise in Curbing Superbug Infection
“It’s a very simple solution. You don’t have to swallow a medicine, you just have to clean the outside of your body for a little while longer,” said Dr. Susan Huang of the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. She led the federally funded study, published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.

NBC News, Feb. 14, 2019
As rain douses California, forecasters declare El Niño weather pattern in the Pacific
A destructive, storm-producing El Niño of the type seen in 1983 and 1998 hasn’t truly been experienced in the southern half of the state so far this century, according to Jin-Yi Yu, an earth system science professor at the University of California, Irvine. … “Based on my past study,” Yu said, “central Pacific El Niños tend to enhance winter rainfall in Southern California. The impact has already been produced.”

CalMatters, Feb. 14, 2019
California’s ‘smart’ energy future glows on the horizon—but how to get there?
Gene Tsudik, a UC Irvine professor and one of the participants, is a computer scientist specializing in privacy and security. … “We are surrounded by smart devices all over the place. Of course, they violate your privacy.” … One takeaway for Scott Samuelsen, director of UCI’s Advanced Power and Energy Program, which ran the project, is that while the adoption of smart home devices is growing fast, regulation and consumer protections that should accompany them are not keeping pace. “The market is out of control with respect to regulation (of devices),” Samuelsen said. “We are in a free-for-all.”

Daily Pilot, Feb. 13, 2019
UCI aims to help middle and high school students’ writing through new center
The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences recently awarded UCI a $5-million grant over five years to create the Writing Research to Improve Teaching and Evaluation Center for Secondary Students, or WRITE Center. … “If we want our students to succeed academically, become college-bound or … go into careers — even technical careers — they’re going to need really strong writing skills,” said [Carol Booth] Olson, a UCI professor of education. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Washington Post, Feb. 14, 2019
One year after the Parkland shooting, is the #NeverAgain movement on track to succeed?
David S. Meyer, professor of sociology and political science at the University of California at Irvine writes, “One year later, the Parkland young people have proved savvy and effective organizers. … Successful social movements grow from years of investment in organizing and education. By looking at where the #NeverAgain movement has invested, we can best assess its potential.”  [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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