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The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 3, 2021
Top Colleges in the West for Diversity
The West is home to the four colleges ranked highest nationwide for diversity in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings, … The University of California, Irvine and California State University, Northridge tied for No. 2 nationally for the diversity of their students and faculty …. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Los Angeles Times, Feb. 2, 2021
California’s early vaccine rollout was chaotic and filled with problems. Here’s what went wrong
Officials have been hamstrung by vaccine supply shortages and lack of predictability from the federal government and the manufacturers. “The supply crunch creates this huge unmet demand, which creates chaos,” said Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health at UC Irvine. “There are just layers and layers of logistical issues that we have today that we didn’t have in previous vaccination campaigns.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Forbes, Feb. 2, 2021 (Contributor)
Reparations Matter: Accountability Begins With Understanding
Douglas Haynes, UCI vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion writes, “Last month’s violent insurrection at the US Capitol overshadowed the re-introduction of H.R. 40 on January 4, 2021. Introduced by Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee  (D-Texas), this bill provides for funding for a commission to study and develop reparation proposals for African Americans. … Black Lives Matter solidarity statements, procurements campaigns, and diversifying the c-suite are important steps. These gestures do not get to the heart of the matter. Until there is a commission to study and develop proposals for reparation, Black people will have no choice but to defend their humanity and continue to insist that their lives matter.

Mashable, Feb. 1, 2021
When it’s wise to wear a double mask
Double-masking is largely about fit. … A surgical mask alone, for example, often has big gaps at the edges, allowing for particles to easily enter and leave. “It leaks like a sieve, it leaks like crazy,” said Jim Smith, a chemist and expert in aerosols (small particles) at the University of California, Irvine. “Surgical masks need a way to seal better around your face. That’s the whole point of double masking, in my view.”

Bloomberg Law, Feb. 3, 2021
Green Hydrogen Backers See Big Chance for Sector Development
A third lever Biden could pull would be to create infrastructure that can move hydrogen, perhaps by repurposing the existing natural gas system, said Jack Brouwer, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. “This is what the federal government should be responsible for doing,” Brouwer said. “This is a shared infrastructure. It enables long-duration storage, it lets you transmit it across mountains—it’s got a lot of features that we like.”

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