Associated Press, June 7, 2017
India’s rising temperatures are already deadly, study shows
“It’s getting hotter, and of course more heat waves are going to kill more people,” said climatologist Omid Mazdiyasni of the University of California, Irvine, who led an international team of scientists in analyzing a half century of data from the Indian Meteorological Department on temperature, heat waves and heat-related mortality.
Healio, June 7, 2017
Esteemed ophthalmic leader Roger F. Steinert, MD, dies
His vision and ambition led to the opening of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UCI in 2014. Roger marshaled support from the ophthalmic, philanthropic and biotech communities to raise more than $39 million to build a 70,000-square-foot facility. It was the first project at UCI to be financed exclusively by private nongovernmental funds. Roger also recruited an exceptional faculty for his new eye institute. Even after his illness was diagnosed in late 2014, Roger continued to fundraise ambitiously for the institute, including raising $5 million for the Steinert Chair of Ophthalmology, which is the most highly endowed ophthalmology professorship in the country.
Reuters, June 8, 2017
Deadly heatwaves surge in India, with worse ahead, researchers say
A modest 0.5 degree Celsius rise in average temperatures in India over the last 50 years has led to a nearly 150 percent hike in heatwaves that kill at least 100 people, said researchers at the University of California in Irvine. … “I was taken aback by how large the increase in the likelihood of these mass mortality events was with a modest increase in temperature,” said Steven J. Davis, an earth systems science professor at the university and one of the authors of the report, published in the journal Science Advances.
Orange County Register, June 7, 2017
Orange County Alzheimer’s nonprofits forge paths 18 months after split
“Both are in some ways in periods of new beginnings but both are really vital to the county,” said Joshua Grill, an Alzheimer’s researcher at UC Irvine. “We’re incredibly lucky to have very strong organizations devoted to families and providing service and advocating for research, where this quite frankly is a bigger problem than in almost any other part of the country.”
Orange County Register, June 8, 2017
Pulling U.S. out of Paris accord a terrible decision
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, writes: “I am ashamed of my country — something that I rarely have felt — for withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on climate change. The scientific evidence is overwhelming that greenhouse gas emissions from consumption of fossil fuels endanger the planet and that urgent action is needed.”
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