UCI News

KABC, July 9, 2021 (Video)
Rep. Katie Porter tours UCI with Secretary of Labor
Local Congresswoman Katie Porter hosted Labor Secretary Marty Walsh for a tour of UC Irvine today to check out the campus to see the electric vehicle infrastructure there including their shuttles. Porter was a professor on campus for many years and says the campus has always been a leader for sustainability. Last year UC Irvine ranked number one in the Sierra Club Magazine “Cool Schools” for sustainability list. It’s actually been in the top 10 for 11 years in a row. [You can request the video by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times Magazine, July 13, 2021
Online Security Questions Are Not Very Effective. I Still Love Them.
According to research done by Bonnie Ruberg, an [assistant Film & Media Studies] professor at the University of California, Irvine, security questions came into being around 1850. The Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank …. created a “test book” that contained a wealth of personal information. When clients came in, clerks asked them about their personal history and relations to verify their identities. … This practice caught on and expanded to other banks over the course of the next 50 years. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

The Orange County Register, July 12, 2021
Desert plant life disappearing due to climate change, UC Irvine study says
The steady decline of plants in Southern California’s portion of the Sonoran Desert — which includes Anza-Borrego Desert State Park — is caused by climate change-driven heat increases, according to a new UC Irvine study. … “These (plants) have been able to eek out an existence on the edge of what they can physiologically tolerate. But any additional stress, such as climate change, can exceed their limits,” said James Randerson, a [Chancellor’s] professor of Earth system science and one of five UCI authors of the report. “Our study clearly shows that there’s a toll of climate change.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Daily Pilot (City News Service), July 12, 2021
Coronavirus cases on the rise again in Orange County
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Orange County have more than doubled in the past two weeks, raising concerns among some health officials. “I’m worried about the trend,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and [associate] UC Irvine professor of population health and disease prevention. The county has 1.8 million of its 3.3 million population fully vaccinated, so there are enough unvaccinated residents to potentially eventually threaten overwhelming the hospital system, Noymer said. … Noymer implored residents to get vaccinated. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

You The Owner’s Manual Podcast, July 6, 2021 (Podcast)
EP 1051B – New Mouse Model Provides 1st Platform to Study Late-Onset Alzheimer’s
University of California, Irvine biologists have developed a new genetically engineered mouse model that, unlike its predecessors, is based on the most common form of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The advance holds promise for making new strides against the neurodegenerative disease as cases continue to soar.  Guest: Professor Frank LaFerla is the study’s co-senior author, the dean of the UC Irvine School of Biological Sciences, and a Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior.

Previously “In the News”