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Orange County Business Journal, June 28, 2021
UCI Cybersecurity Center Says Firms Need to Up Protections
Bryan Cunningham, the head of the University of California, Irvine’s Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute, [CPRI], says recent ransomware attacks show the need for U.S. companies to step up their protections or risk severe damage to their operations. …. The 4-year old organization, [CPRI], brings together academia, businesses, law enforcement and other government agencies and the privacy and civil liberties community ion an effort to combat cyber threats. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Bloomberg, June 27, 2021
Will Covid Return When It Gets Colder?
“While it’s not purely a function of cooler temperature, Covid will rise again in the fall (if it doesn’t before),” says Andrew Noymer, an [associate] professor of public health at University of California, Irvine. “Covid’s future is as a seasonal disease in the fashion of influenza — and Covid’s future is now. Covid will be back in the fall or winter, or both. … The vaccines will make the coming wave less severe than the one that crested in January 2021, but vaccination rates are currently not high enough to prevent another wave,” he says.

NBC News, June 28, 2021
Delta-8 THC is legal in many states, but some want to ban it
According to Daniele Piomelli, director of the University of California, Irvine, Center for the Study of Cannabis, one of the reasons cannabis is generally considered nontoxic is because its complex mix of compounds forms a sort of checks and balances system. … “But if you extract pure THC — whether delta-8 or delta-9 — and put it into dabs and all the other stuff we have now, you are doing something else, and you cannot assume the toxicity of pure THC is the same as the whole plant,” Piomelli said. “Just because THC comes from a plant that doesn’t kill people doesn’t mean THC alone is safe. We don’t know that until we test it.”

Los Angeles Times, June 28, 2021
The pandemic saw a boom in new Black-owned businesses — the largest surge in the last quarter-century
“This is the not the first time there’s been a push toward Black business, usually after a nationwide recognition that there is an injustice,” said Mehrsa Baradaran, a UC Irvine law professor who has written extensively about banking and the racial wealth gap. She sees hope in how the Biden administration has put social and racial equity at the forefront of its COVID-19 relief and other economic policies. The president has promised billions for funding and training to develop and grow Black and other minority entrepreneurs. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

NPR, June 29, 2021
Stuck In A Rut? Sometimes Joy Takes A Little Practice
To help pull out of the pandemic blues, it’s time to start “practicing” positive emotions …. All you need is about five to 10 minutes, says psychologist Belinda Campos, [professor, Chicano/Latino Studies], at the University of California, Irvine. “Hopefully it wouldn’t take people as much effort as it does to eat healthier or to exercise,” she says. “Positive emotions feel good. I think people will find them rewarding enough to return to them and keep doing them.”

Previously “In the News”