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Los Angeles Times, June 22, 2022
California wildfires caused by humans are more dangerous than fires sparked by lightning
New research from UC Irvine shows that fires caused by human activity … spread faster, burn hotter and destroy more trees than those caused by lightning strikes. “The physics behind the fire is of course the same, but humans increase the risk of having these kinds of ignitions at really bad times during the year,” said Stijn Hantson, the study’s lead author. A project scientist in the lab of UCI Earth systems [Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone] Professor James Randerson at the time of the study …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Orange County Register, June 17, 2022 (Opinion)
Opinion: Can Watergate tell us anything, 50 years and another constitutional crisis later?
“What we saw 50 years ago with Watergate was a shared belief that our government must have integrity and there must be accountability that stands above party and partisanship and ideology, because that’s the only way our institutions and the rule of law can truly function,” Michele Bratcher Goodwin, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of Law said. … Matt Beckmann, an associate professor of political science at UCI, points out that the U.S. system is designed for stability more than speed; it took about two years for Watergate to culminate in Nixon’s resignation, and then pardon. Trump has a lot of exposure on many different dimensions, but we are still far from the two-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection, he said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

NOVA, June 22, 2022
How exercise may help prevent Alzheimer’s
When it comes to dementia prevention, sleep and exercise may work together, says neuroscientist Miranda Chappel-Farley, a Ph.D. candidate at University of California, Irvine. … Together, they create a powerful bulwark against dementia and represent a lifestyle factor ignored at your peril, says Chappel-Farley, who cautions against “targeting exercise but not paying attention to sleep.”

Motherly, June 18, 2022
Got questions about the Covid vaccine for kids under 5? We’ve got answers
Q. What about if my child already had Covid? Should I still get them vaccinated? Yes. Even though prior Covid infection does offer some natural immunity to prevent future infections, we still don’t know how long that lasts. “Per CDC recommendations, getting vaccinated adds protection,” says Suellen Hopfer, PhD, CGC, an assistant professor in the department of health, society and behavior, and the department of pediatrics at University of California, Irvine.

Orange Coast, June 20, 2022
What Pride Means to these O.C. Trailblazers
Bo Ruberg, associate professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Irvine. … “Queer games can be video games that have LGBT content in them—so that might be LGBT characters, story lines, romance lines. Also, video games that are made by LGBT people. Some of them can be very experimental. One of my favorites is called “Octodad,” where you are playing as a bright yellow octopus in a business suit. … It becomes a queer and trans story through the metaphor of this octopus.”

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