UCI News

Daily Pilot, July 9, 2022NASA grant to go toward UCI-led project studying beach, dune loss
University officials in Irvine announced earlier this month that researchers have received a $675,000 grant from NASA that will be divided between both universities. Approximately $350,000 will go to the Irvine campus for what is expected to be a three-year project to support graduate students, researchers and the cost of some of the equipment used in the study. UCI professor of civil and environmental engineering Brett Sanders said the project aims to use satellites to examine the distribution — height, width and volume — of sand on local beaches. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Orange County Register, July 10, 2022Santa Ana lead contamination linked to 20th century vehicle emissions
UCI researchers concluded, in a pair of recent studies, that historic leaded gasoline is a “predominant contributor to contemporary soil-lead contamination in Santa Ana.” … “The current approach used by public health agencies … is overlooking leaded gasoline as a major source of environmental lead,” said Juan Manuel Rubio, a historian and UCI Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellow. “Our results also indicate that legacy soil-lead may be present in many other urban environments that received similar flow of traffic to Santa Ana during the 20th century.” … “Lead soil contamination in Santa Ana is quite clearly anthropogenic,” Shahir Masri, an environmental scientist at UCI and an author of the studies, told the Register. In layman’s terms, evidence suggests lead contamination is human-related. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Orange County Business Journal, July 11, 2022UCI-Led Research Team Makes Strides in Hair Growth
A team led by University of California, Irvine researchers may have taken a step closer to treating baldness. … In the U.S., about 50 million males suffer from hair loss while another 30 million females do as well, particularly older women, said Maksim Plikus, a UCI professor of developmental and cell biology and the study’s corresponding author. … “There is a strong need for new, effective hair loss medicines, and naturally occurring compounds that are normally used by the dermal papilla cells present ideal next-generation candidates for treatment,” Plikus said. “Our test in the human hair transplant model validates the preclinical potential of SCUBE3.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The San Luis Obispo Tribune, July 10, 2022Do I have to give up meat to save the planet? How food and climate change are linked
Joana Tavares, a PhD candidate at UCI’s Earth system science department, says: “Over the past century, unsustainable practices such as tillage, monocultures and the indiscriminate use of pesticides and fertilizers have become commonplace in the business of producing ever-increasing amounts of relatively cheap but nutritionally questionable food. The solutions to most of these problems are grouped under the umbrella term “regenerative agriculture.” Scientists are working to determine how much these practices can deliver in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and so far the results are encouraging.

WNYC Studios, July 8, 2022 (Podcast)How Racism Ended a Renaissance of Weight
Brooke sits down with Sabrina Strings, [Chancellor’s Fellow and assistant professor of sociology] at University of California, Irvine, and author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia, to discuss how, in both the brushstrokes and philosophy of the Enlightenment, fatness began to fall out of favor — and why.

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