UCI News

KCBS, July 18, 2022 (Video)
UC Irvine will enforce indoor mask mandate beginning Monday
After Orange County moved into the “high community transmission” level due to a spike in new COVID-19 infections, UC Irvine has reinstated its indoor mask mandate for everyone inside campus buildings. The mask mandate will go into effect on Monday, the university announced, noting that “all individuals on campus will be required to wear a mask or face covering while indoors, regardless of vaccination status, except when alone in an enclosed space.” … The rule also applies to any UCI public transit, including the Anteater Express and other UCI vehicles.

The Orange County Register, July 15, 2022
NASA teams with UCI to study beach erosion issues from outer space
UC Irvine environmental engineering experts are teaming with NASA to monitor rapid changes in beaches and dunes, a project funded with a $675,000 grant from the space agency. … “We have all these beaches changing quickly and leading to these erosion problems and impact problems – railroads being impacted, State Parks has damaged infrastructure,” said Brett Sanders, a UCI professor of civil and environmental engineering and co-principal investigator on the project. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Winston-Salem Journal, July 17, 2022
Aging study explores potential link between sleep disturbance and Alzheimer’s disease
A multi-site research collaboration involving Wake Forest University School of Medicine is exploring the role that brain inflammation may have in linking Alzheimer’s disease risk with sleep disturbance. The other research teams are at University of California at Irvine and University of Wisconsin at Madison. … “Our findings indicate that age-related increases in brain inflammation have a downstream effect on Alzheimer’s disease-related tau proteins and neuronal synaptic integrity,” said Bryce Mander, a UCI assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, and the study’s lead and co-corresponding author.

ENR California, July 15, 2022
Ten Minutes With: Port of Long Beach PM Director Tasha Higgins
[Tasha Higgins] earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1993 from the University of California, Irvine …. [She says:] “I began my career at the University of California, Irvine. … During freshman orientation, we heard from civil, mechanical and electrical engineering professors. The civil engineering professor floored the entire room. He did this speech, “Have you ever been on [Interstate] 405 and traffic comes to a screeching halt, then in a couple minutes it opens up?” Everyone was like, “Yes!” “Do you want to know why it happens? Take my class to find out.” I changed my major that week. I knew I wanted to be a transportation engineer. The rest is history.”

Earth.com, July 17, 2022
California’s forests are losing their ability to recover
The state of California relies on its forests to help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. But this service may be in jeopardy as new research from UC Irvine reports that trees in California are dying from wildfires and other pressures – and fewer new trees are filling the void. “The forests are not keeping up with these large fires,” said study co-author [and Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Professor of Earth system science] James Randerson.

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