UCI News

The New York Times, Jan. 18, 2023
Los Angeles County’s Black Residents Are Most at Risk in Major Floods
Brett F. Sanders, lead author of the report and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UC Irvine, noted that Black residents make up only around nine percent of the total population of Los Angeles County, “yet that smaller fraction disproportionately settled in a part of the county that would be highly exposed to river flood risk.” … Another of the study’s authors, Nícola Ulibarrí, an associate professor of urban planning and public policy at Irvine, noted that members of the focus groups said the study’s maps could be used on a micro level for practical action like building bus stops in places residents could reach without walking through flooded streets. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Daily Pilot, Jan. 17, 2023
Year of the Rabbit hops onto campus at UC Irvine with all-day celebrations for Lunar New Year
The students and faculty at UC Irvine got a head start Tuesday on celebrating the Lunar New Year in person at both its student center and the Irvine Barclay Theater …. Bill Maurer, the dean of the school of social sciences, said the university has hosted an event for Lunar New Year of this scale for several years. … “What’s great about this event is that UCI is such a diverse place with a very diverse student body. This really provides everyone an opportunity to learn about Lunar New Year and the different ways and cultures that celebrate it,” Maurer said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Good Housekeeping, Jan. 16, 2023
Can Gas Ovens Make You Sick? What Health Experts Say About a Potential Gas Stove Ban
A gas burner may indirectly pose more of a threat than an electric stove top, due to the byproducts that are released into the air as methane gas burns while you cook; namely, nitrogen dioxide, which has been linked to respiratory issues as well as cardiovascular risks, explains Huawei Dong, M.D., pulmonology and critical care medicine [HS assistant clinical] professor at the University of California, Irvine’s School of Medicine and pulmonologist at UCI Health. “When we breathe that in, it causes irritation and local inflammation into the bronchial tubes and the airways,” Dr. Dong says, which you may not even notice if you’ve never experienced prior respiratory issues like asthma.

The Washington Post, Jan. 18, 2023
Parts of Greenland now hotter than at any time in the last 1,000 years, scientists say
The new research “pushes back the instrument record 1,000 years using data from within Greenland that shows unprecedented warming in the recent period,” said Isabella Velicogna, a glaciologist [and professor] at the University of California, Irvine who was not involved in the research. “This is not changing what we already knew about the warming signal in Greenland, the increase in melt and accelerated flow of ice into the ocean, and that this will be challenging to slow down,” Velicogna said. “Still, it adds momentum to the seriousness of the situation. This is bad, bad news for Greenland and for all of us.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

The Academic Minute, Jan. 16, 2023 (Podcast)
Peter Kaiser, University of California, Irvine – Therapies That Restore the Body’s Own Tumor Suppressing Activity
Your body may have its own way to fight tumors; we just need to trigger it. Peter Kaiser, professor and chair of biological chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, explores a new therapy to do so. Peter Kaiser, PhD, is the chair of the Department of Biological Chemistry at the UC Irvine School of Medicine and member of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Previously “In the News”