NBC4, Mar. 11, 2020 (Video)
UC Irvine Goes Online Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
The goal is to cut down on face to face interactions even though there have been no confirmed cases here at UC Irvine. … Campus officials say the majority of classes will move to online courses, which might include streaming lectures. Faculty can choose how they teach but it won’t be from a crowded classroom. “Campus isn’t closing, we are taking an approach where we are social distant but digitally connected”, said Tom Vasich, UCI Director, Media Relations.
CBS2, Mar. 12, 2020 (Video)
University Of California Develops Own Test For Coronavirus With Results Within 24 Hours
University of California Medical Centers has developed their own test for coronavirus, which they say will provide results within 24 hours. … University of California says its doctors and researchers across its 10 campuses and five academic medical centers have been on the front lines in the fight against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, since reports of its emergence in China. According to the Sacramento Bee, labs at UC San Francisco, UCLA and UC San Diego are now offering the in-house COVID-19 tests, with UC Davis and Irvine next in line.
AP, Mar. 11, 2020
From handshakes to kissing babies, virus upends campaigning
Rick Hasen, an election law expert and [Chancellor’s] Professor at the University of California’s Irvine School of Law, joked that [Joe] Biden may have “some things to learn about social distancing.” … One major concern for the candidates is turnout — particularly among older voters, who make up a key portion of Biden’s base. “I certainly think that it has the potential to cause both voters and poll workers to want to stay away from places where people gather,” Hasen said.
The New York Times, Feb. 26, 2020
Are Foods Labeled ‘Low Sugar’ Misleading Consumers?
A recent study [coauthored by UCI Economics Professor Matthew Harding) that examined millions of grocery store purchases in the United States found that dubious claims about sugar, salt and fat were common. Many fruit juices that claimed to be low in sugar, for example, tended to have added sugars and more sugar than comparable juices with no claims on them. Some breakfast cereals labeled low in calories had more calories than the cereals that did not make calorie claims. And sports, energy, tea and coffee drinks with low-sodium claims had almost 17 percent more sodium than similar products with no sodium claims on them. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]
Reuters, Mar. 11, 2020
For richer or poorer: coronavirus, cheap oil test climate vows
The recession’s impact in the United States was particularly marked, with CO2 emissions falling 10% between 2007-2009, due to factors including less consumption of goods and services, a paper here published by science journal Nature Communications said. Steve Davis, an associate professor at the University of California at Irvine and one of the paper’s authors, said the growing U.S. usage of natural gas helped suppress the rebound. “The conclusion that the Great Recession helped decrease emissions is still true,” he said. “But that’s not the way we want to win the war on climate change.
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