UCI News

The Washington Post, Jan. 9, 2023
Can California’s massive rain solve its historic drought?
To learn more, The Washington Post talked with… David Feldman, the director of the University of California, Irvine’s water institute [and professor of urban planning & public policy and political science]. Will storm water technology end California’s droughts? Feldman: “Storm water harvesting [is] a piece of a complex puzzle. It will not solve all of our problems, but it can solve an appreciable portion of our problems. We might not want to use rainwater for drinking. However, that water can be treated to various degrees of reuse, at least in order to, for example, irrigate plants or irrigate landscaping.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

The New York Times, Jan. 9, 2023
How to Focus Like It’s 1990
In 2004, Gloria Mark, a [Chancellor’s] Professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, watched knowledge workers go about a typical day at the office. Using a stopwatch, she noted every time they switched tasks on their computer, moving from a spreadsheet to an email to a web page to a different web page and back to the spreadsheet. She found that people averaged just two and a half minutes on a given task before switching. When Dr. Mark repeated the experiment in 2012, the average time office workers spent on a task had dropped to 75 seconds. And it has continued to drop from there. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Orange County Business Journal, Jan. 9, 2023
Alzheimer’s OC Marks 40 Years
“If we can find treatments that can delay the onset of the disease by five years, we can cut the instances of the disease in half,” said Joshua Grill, director of the UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) and leader of the Accrual and Retention Consult Service for the UCI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. “If we can delay the onset by 10 years, we will virtually eradicate it.” Grill stresses the importance of clinical trials to develop medications that can delay or potentially eliminate symptoms of the disease. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Healthline, Jan. 9, 2023
Can Telehealth Help With Addiction Treatment?
Dr. Jonathan Watanabe (PhD, PharmD), [professor of clinical pharmacy and associate dean], of the University of California, Irvine, who served on the White House-sponsored committee on improving access to methadone says that healthcare systems are struggling as cases mount and that this isn’t a new problem. Watanabe said it is vital to ensure more people can access treatment for drug misuse. “If anything, we need to relax rules from what they were just to meet the past epidemic, we certainly have to get more bold and more flexible in treating patients with opioid use disorder now that it’s gotten worse.”

Capital & Main, Jan. 6, 2023
Floods’ Worst Ravages Will Be Visited Upon California’s Poorest
Researchers from UC Irvine last year reported that the damage from a “100-year flood,” so named for its rarity and ferocity, would land hardest on Black and low income L.A. residents. The reason? They live disproportionately in the low-lying communities nearest to the region’s dilapidated network of storm drains, dams, basins, levees and other water control mechanisms, which will overflow. In a worst-case scenario, the researchers said, major flooding would push water into Compton, Bell Gardens, Southgate, North Long Beach and other areas between the Dominguez Channel and the Los Angeles River — perhaps six feet deep.

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