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National Geographic, Jan. 20, 2021
We need better face masks—and origami might help
Materials that are more readily available to the public can also be effective for some folded mask designs, says Jonathan Realmuto, an [electrical engineering & computer science] postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Irvine. For example, non-fiberglass MERV-13 filters, which are commonly used for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, are particularly effective and available at most hardware stores. … A pattern developed by UC Irvine’s Realmuto and his colleagues was designed to be made in emergencies using readily available items. The folds, he says, limit leakage along the mask seams.

The New York Times, Jan. 21, 2021
Amid One Pandemic, Students Train for the Next
Emy Armanus, now a freshman at the University of California, Irvine [studying public health science], was paired with Suhana Chattopadhyay, an environmental health researcher at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and spent the summer investigating how the use of nicotine products can worsen cases of Covid-19. “It definitely made me more knowledgeable about the pandemic,” said Ms. Armanus, who is interested in pursuing a career in medicine. “This program was a great way to discover myself.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Vogue, Jan. 17, 2021
This Student’s Upcycled Designs Go Viral on TikTok
Arielle Sidney … is currently studying drama and French at the University of California, Irvine, but dabbles in eco-friendly fashion design on the side. Sidney started playing around with a sewing machine last summer during quarantine, and having no formal background in design, she began posting her upcycled creations to TikTok simply for fun. “I didn’t really learn it per se—I just sort of started winging it,” she says. … Now, Sidney has gained over 90,000 followers on the app ….

Healthline, Jan. 20, 2021
Here’s How Fast the COVID-19 Variant Found in the U.K. is Spreading in the U.S.
Dr. Ilhem Messaoudi, the director of the University of California, Irvine’s Center for Virus Research, said there’s a lot that can influence the outcomes mapped out in models. … “[Models are] really good about keeping us on our toes and keeping us sharp and aware, and kind of facing down, ‘Okay, this is our worst case scenario, we need to do something about it,’” Messaoudi said. … “That means that more than ever, we should not let our guard down.”

KCBS, Jan. 21, 2021 (Video)
Dreamers Hopeful For Pathway To Citizenship Efforts From Biden Administration
It was an emotional day for Lizbeth Ablen after watching the inauguration of President Joe Biden. The DACA recipient came to California at the age of two from Mexico. … Now the Dreamer is a UC Irvine grad and works for an immigrants’ rights nonprofit. She hopes under the Biden administration she’ll be granted a path to citizenship.

Previously “In the News”