UCI News

National Geographic, July 2, 2021
The hidden toll of July Fourth fireworks
In California, for example, vulnerable populations are more exposed to fireworks pollution on the Fourth of July. That’s according to a recent study … on air pollution exposure across the state due to Independence Day fireworks. … For the new study, the UC Irvine-based team of researchers took advantage of the recent proliferation of home air-quality monitors to explore how Fourth of July fireworks pollution varies across communities in California.

NBC News, July 1, 2021 (Video)
Supreme Court upholds restrictive Arizona voting laws in test of Voting Rights Act
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld two election laws in the 2020 battleground state of Arizona that challengers said make it harder for minorities to vote. … Election law experts said the court’s ruling will make it harder for minority groups to challenge voting laws. “This significantly dilutes the Voting Rights Act,” said Rick Hasen, a law [Chancellor’s] professor at the University of California, Irvine. “Minority groups will now have to meet a much higher standard beyond showing that a change presents a burden to voting. It puts a thumb on the scale for the states.”

AP, July 1, 2021
California virus cases rising as delta variant spreads
“It’s a demonstration in the real world, outside of the clinical trials, of the power of the vaccine,” said Andrew Noymer, a public health [associate] professor at University of California, Irvine. “COVID is going to seek out unvaccinated populations. The virus has a way of just sort of bouncing around until it finds a host it can infect, and those will be unvaccinated people.”

Marketplace, July 1, 2021 (Audio)
U.S. electrical grids are not prepared for climate change
How prepared are American power grids for climate change? As the weather gets more extreme, “in general I would say grids are not prepared for climate change,” said Brian Tarroja, a researcher in civil and environmental engineering at University of California, Irvine.  … “When you have microgrids and energy storage and distrbuted solar and things like that, you have more levers you can pull to make sure that the electric load is met,” he said.

Men’s Health UK, July 2, 2021
How to Cope If You’re Suffering from ‘Pandemic Brain’
“It’s going to take us some time to recover from it,” says Mike Yassa, the director of the UC Irvine Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and the UCI Brain Initiative, in an interview with The Guardian. Yassa goes on to explain that the pandemic hasn’t merely been a single stressful event, we’ve been hit with stressors from all angles and disruptions in our physical activity, daily rhythms, and routines certainly haven’t helped. “We didn’t get here overnight,” he adds.

Previously “In the News”