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The Atlantic, Feb. 22, 2021
The Most Likely Timeline for Life to Return to Normal
“Barring some variant that is just really crazy, I expect the summer to be a lot like the summer of 2019,” Andrew Noymer, a public-health professor at UC Irvine, told me. Based on the drop-off in cases and hospitalizations over the past few weeks, he thinks life could even be close to normal as soon as sometime in May. … Noymer’s prediction is that masking will be necessary in public settings until every American has at least been offered a vaccine, at which point he figures he would be okay with repealing mask mandates.

Orange County Register, Feb. 19, 2021
Orange County will expand vaccination eligibility to educators, food and agriculture sectors next week
“Starting next week, 30% of the county’s vaccine allocation, including those for the multi-county entities like UCI, Kaiser and Providence here in Orange County, will be designated for our educators, child care, food and agriculture sectors,” [OC Health Care Agency director and county health officer Dr. Clayton] Chau said in email to a reporter Thursday, Feb. 18. “We will start to vaccinate these folks.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

KCBS – Sacramento, Feb. 19, 2021 (Video)
Making Art More Inclusive: Museums Work To Address Diversity In Galleries
“There are many curators of American art that don’t know anything about African American artists,” Bridget Cooks, a professor of African American studies at UC Irvine, said. … Some say in order for the nation’s celebrated artwork to better reflect our diversity, more outreach is needed. “Inviting people to museums, having open conversations with them about the current conditions, the past, and a sincere desire to do more,” Cooks said.

KPCC – Take Two, Feb. 18, 2021 (Audio)
Biden Unveils Plan for Path to Citizenship, History of Immigration Reform
Immigration reform: An historical perspective. We’ve been talking about the bill introduced today by the Biden administration that would create a path to citizenship for some 11 million people living in the U-S without legal status…among other protections. The thing is – this isn’t new. Presidents from both parties have attempted legislation like this in the past and not much has come of it.  So to look at where the future of THIS bill in the context of history. Guest: Louis DeSipio, professor of political science and Chicano/Latino studies at UC Irvine. [Starts 17:26]

San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 18, 2021
California wastes its extra solar, wind energy. Could hydrogen be the storage key?
Jack Brouwer, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UC Irvine and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center, said hydrogen is more effective for longer storage because it doesn’t lose energy over time and can be stored underground easily and cheaply. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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