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BBC,  Jan. 31, 2020 (Audio)
What fungi tell us about climate change
Fungi are one of the most little known life forms on the planet. Now studies carried out by [Professor] Kathleen Treseder, an ecologist at the University of California, Irvine, show how they can affect climate change and how they are affected by any change in weather patterns. Ms Treseder spoke to BBC Newsday.

The Scientist, Jan. 31, 2020
Scientists Zero in on the Novel Coronavirus’s Incubation Period
It’s also possible that the virus can enter the body through multiple routes, says [UCI School of Medicine Professor Michael] Buchmeier. “You might assume that it’s a respiratory-only disease,” he says, because the disease primarily causes respiratory symptoms. “But in fact, it can infect via any mucosal surface. And we don’t know what the difference is in the incubation based on an infection by different routes. … I think we have to open the possibility that this one is more contagious [than] SARS.”

Orange County Business Journal, Jan. 30, 2020
Five CFOs Honored
OC’s business community celebrated the 13th annual CFO of the Year Awards, hosted by the Business Journal Thursday evening …. Awards go to chief financial officers for exemplary performance in the preceding fiscal year in five categories. … The five honorees, chosen from 70 nominees, were: … Ronald Cortez of Irvine-based UCI Division of Finance & Administration for Not-For-Profit Company ….

Chemical & Engineering News, Jan. 31, 2020
Carolyn Bertozzi’s glycorevolution
“I met Carolyn on a recruiting visit, and it sort of changed my whole world view,” says [Professor] Jennifer Prescher, who arrived at UC Berkeley in 2001 and is now a chemical biologist at the University of California, Irvine. Prescher had every intention of pursuing total synthesis, but as Bertozzi laid out her vision, “I was hooked.” … “I barely even knew what the amino acids were at the time, and I’d never used a pipette pen in my life,” Prescher recalls. She admitted all that to Bertozzi, who replied breezily, “What better place to learn?”

Forbes, Jan. 31, 2020 (Contributor)
It’s A Shame Goldman Is Mandating Board Diversity. It’s Also Necessary.
While attending the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, Goldman Sachs’ CEO, David Solomon, announced on CNBC that the bank will soon refuse to take a company public if its board lacks “at least one diverse candidate, with a focus on women.” … “Europe is so far ahead of us,” Margarethe Wiersema, a [Dean’s Professor] of management at the University of California-Irvine, told CNN. “It’s like we’re in the Dark Ages on this.”

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