UCI News

The New York Times, Jan. 27, 2021
With All Eyes on Covid-19, Drug-Resistant Infections Crept In
“Seeing the world as a one-pathogen world is really problematic,” said Dr. Susan S. Huang, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, Irvine Medical School, noting that the nearly singular focus on the pandemic appears to have led to more spread of drug-resistant infection. “We have every reason to believe the problem has gotten worse.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

USA Today, Jan. 26, 2021
What are all the new COVID-19 variants and how dangerous are they? Here’s everything you need to know.
Scientists don’t like to name variants after the places where they are first seen because that can penalize locations with better testing and research. Instead, they name the variants after the locations of genetic changes in the virus. “They’re still sorting out naming conventions,” said Daniel Parker, an assistant professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine. “It is a bit confusing for everyone right now.”

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 27, 2021
Science-themed ‘Pacific Standard Time’ for 2024 takes shape with Getty art grants
The Getty Foundation announced Wednesday the 45 Southern California cultural and educational institutions that will collectively receive more than $5 million in exhibition research grants. “Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x L.A.” will include dozens of concurrent exhibitions as well as performances, publications and other programming, all exploring the intersection of art and science. … UC Irvine Beall Center for Art + Technology, Irvine: $100,000 …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CBS News, Jan. 24, 2021
Climate change will cause a shift in Earth’s tropical rain belt — threatening water and food supply for billions, study says
“In Asia, projected reductions in aerosol emissions, glacier melting in the Himalayas and loss of snow cover in northern areas brought on by climate change will cause the atmosphere to heat up faster than in other regions,” James Randerson [UCI Chancellor’s Professor of Earth system science] said. “We know that the rain belt shifts toward this heating, and that its northward movement in the Eastern Hemisphere is consistent with these expected impacts of climate change.”

The Mercury News, Jan. 26, 2021
Dive into California’s science fiction scene — from LeGuin to Philip K. Dick
UC Irvine’s Jonathan Alexander, the Chancellor’s Professor of English, education and gender and sexuality studies, taught a course on “Star Trek” in the fall 2020 semester, which incidentally offered a hint of the important ties between California and science fiction. “The headquarters for Star Fleet, the sort of scientific, pseudo-military branch, is San Francisco,” he says. “That’s definitely a sign that people associate California’s spirit with ‘boldly going,’ with exploration.”

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