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TIME, Jan. 19, 2023
What the U.S. Hitting the Debt Ceiling Means for You
“It’s Congress’s responsibility,” Eric Swanson, a professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine, tells TIME. “If you’re going to pass a law that the spending is this and the taxes are this, then whatever the difference is, has to be debt. You have to pass the law that authorizes the debt.” Swanson is hopeful that Congress will avoid disaster by reaching an eventual agreement to raise the debt ceiling, but “they might push it really close to the deadline,” he says. “There’s a lot of disagreement these days.”

The Washington Post, Jan. 20, 2023
How a seal and a robot helped uncover a potential climate change disaster
A striking discovery came in 2019. Using satellite data and other techniques, scientists published a new elevation map of all the crushed-down land beneath the Antarctic ice sheet. … “We dug out these data because we wanted to find out if warm water can indeed reach this glacier,” said Eric Rignot, [Earth system science professor], an Antarctic expert at the University of California, Irvine and one of the authors of the paper. “The answer seemed to be yes.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

The Guardian, Jan. 19, 2023
Xi’s authority dented by sudden Covid U-turn but iron grip on power is undimmed
Inside China’s political elite, there has been concern with Xi’s direction since at least 2018, when Xi abolished term limits, says Jeff Wasserstrom, a China expert and UC Irvine history [Chancellor’s] Professor. “There are more and more reasons for people to be discontented with what Xi Jinping has been doing … It’s a small segment of population but it’s an influential one.” But, Wasserstrom notes, it’s also a segment Xi has long targeted. Those most likely to be unhappy with his direction were likely among those ousted at the Party Congress, or in previous purges.

Authority Magazine, Jan. 19, 2023
Anamara Ritt-Olson of UCI Public Health On How We Can Solve The Loneliness Epidemic Among Young People
As a part of our interview series about the ‘5 Things We Can Each Do Help Solve The Loneliness Epidemic Among Young People ’ we had the pleasure to interview Anamara Ritt-Olson, Associate Professor in Residence and the Director of Academic Programs for the program of Public Health at UC Irvine.

Daily Pilot, Jan. 19, 2023
Crystal Cove Conservancy finishes out 2022 with about $200,000 raised in end-of-year campaign
Over the next year, the Crystal Cove Conservancy plans on collaborating with the UC Irvine Samueli School of Engineering for a kindergarten-to-college engineering program. “Over the next year, we’ll work together with our colleagues at UCI to develop curriculum goals, learning outcomes, and research partnerships, plus testing and piloting a program for at least one grade level,” [Kate] Wheeler said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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