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The New York Times, July 28, 2021
New Policy Aims to Help Transgender Researchers Update Names on Old Work
On Wednesday, a group of laboratories and major scientific publishers announced an agreement that aims to simplify the process of applying new names to old papers, essentially by shifting much of the administrative labor from the researcher to the laboratory. … Theresa Jean Tanenbaum, an associate professor in the department of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, welcomed the news. … She founded the Name Change Policy Working Group in hopes of easing the name-changing process for others. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

NPR, July 28, 2021
As Megan Rapinoe Promotes CBD Use, Sha’Carri Richardson Sits Out The Olympics
CBD and THC are natural compounds of the cannabis plant with very different biological effects. THC is the intoxicating compound that makes users feel temporarily high, while CBD is believed to have more anti-inflammatory properties, Daniele Piomelli, [professor of anatomy, neurobiology, and] director of the Center for the Study of Cannabis at University of California Irvine, told NPR.

KNBC-4, July 26, 2021 (Video)
‘Proof of Being Unvaccinated Required’ at Huntington Beach Restaurant
The virus will mutate the more it spreads among the unvaccinated, said Dr. Jose Mayorga, [director] of UCI Health [Family Health Centers]. “You’re going to get this at some point,” Mayorga said. “Do you want to get it without already developed protection? Or do you want to have that protection in place that’s hyper-focused and quick to eliminate this virus?

Voice of OC, July 29, 2021
OC Coastal Cities See COVID Spike
“Basically northern and central Orange County is below 5% but if you look at Costa Mesa and all beach cities — with no exceptions — they are surging,” said Vladimir Minin, a UC Irvine [professor and] biostatistician who’s been tracking local virus trends since the pandemic began. … “There’s something like 50% more transmission in beach cities,” Minin said …. “It’s the Delta variant, pure and simple. It’s more transmissible,” UCI [associate professor] epidemiologist and public health expert, Andrew Noymer, said.

Yahoo News (USA Today), July 29, 2021
‘Thumb on the scale’? Supreme Court decision could give advantage to new restrictive voting laws
A recent Supreme Court decision upholding two Arizona voting rules could make it easier for other states to cite fraud as a justification for similar laws – even if there is zero evidence of past shenanigans in their elections. … “Sometimes states make race-neutral claims as to why they need a law – to ‘prevent fraud, promote the purity of the ballot box’ or whatever, but it’s really a subterfuge for voter suppression,” said Rick Hasen, a [Chancellor’s] professor and election law expert at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

Previously “In the News”