UCI News

ABC News, Jan. 5, 2023
California, Nevada no longer under ‘exceptional drought’ conditions following severe influx of rainfall
But it will take several seasons at 120% to 200% the normal rain and snowfall to eliminate drought in the West, according to experts. A tough feat, considering the anthropogenic — or human-induced — warming many states in the West, including California and Nevada, are experiencing, Amir AghaKouchak, a professor at the University of California, Irvine who specializes in hydrological extremes and drought monitoring, told ABC News. Drought has “many dimensions,” and climate change is expected to alter the relationship between drought and flooding in the West, AghaKouchak said.

The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 6, 2023
How to Restore Our Dwindling Attention Spans
Gloria Mark, UCI Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Informatics writes, “Our online behavior is greatly influenced by the wider culture and the ever more sophisticated tools of digital technology, but we can’t just blame our short attention spans on algorithms and notifications. We still own our attention, and rather than simply submit to its further attenuation, we can take change into our own hands. Human beings created the internet, and it’s up to us, in the end, to decide how much we want to be absorbed by it.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Orange County Business Journal, Jan. 9, 2023
Samuelis: Making Strides in Development, Health, Key Causes
For Henry and Susan Samueli, 2022 was a year of transformation in Orange County. … The new Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, located on the University of California, Irvine campus, emphasizes “whole-person care”, …. “We think this is the future of healthcare,” Dr. Shaista Malik, the institute’s executive director, told the Business Journal …. The 21,432-square-foot center is the flagship clinic within the new Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences’ 110,000-square-foot complex …. It’s the result of the Samueli family’s 2017 pledge of $200 million—one of the largest gifts in U.S. history to a public university—to support a first-of-its-kind college of health sciences at UCI focused on interdisciplinary, integrative health. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Orange County Register, Jan. 8, 2023
Why do some in Orange County die from COVID-19 but others don’t?
“The characteristics of people living in different places influence both the likelihood that they are tested for COVID-19 and their risk of severe disease if they are infected with the virus,” said epidemiologist Dan Parker, an assistant professor of population health and disease prevention at UC Irvine who co-authored a 2021 study that looked at different COVID-19 death rates in Orange County during the early months of the pandemic. … “In all communities, it’s disproportionately older people who die of COVID,” said Andrew Noymer, an associate professor at UC Irvine who teaches about population health and disease prevention. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Business Insider, Jan. 8, 2023
If the Supreme Court strikes down student-loan forgiveness, it could have ‘startling implications,’ Biden says — and set a strange legal precedent going forward
Dalié Jiménez, a law professor at University of California Irvine and director of the Student Loan Law Initiative, told Insider that Biden’s legal defense “did a really good job in saying that if A causes financial harm to B, and B owes money to C, then C can sue… and that’s bonkers.” She added that the states’ standing is questionable, and she’s concerned of the legal precedent it would set should the Supreme Court rule in their favor.

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