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The New York Times, Mar. 4, 2020
Nursing Homes Are Starkly Vulnerable to Coronavirus
The Kirkland outbreak is “a potent wake up call for all of us in health care facilities that deeply care about a vulnerable population,” said Dr. Susan Huang, medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine, who has researched infection spread in skilled nursing homes. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Los Angeles Times, Mar. 5, 2020
California officials demand changes to L.A. voting after election day chaos
Richard L. Hasen, an election law [Chancellor’s] Professor at UC Irvine, said that the novelty of the new voting machines and check-in tablets made enhanced training important. … “The technology has gone from fourth-grade technology to graduate school-level technology,” he said. “You need younger people who are more comfortable with the technology. There should be a big push for that.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, Mar. 5, 2020
My Quest for Pure Water
I interviewed a scientist at the University of California at Irvine named Bruce Blumberg. Dr. Blumberg [professor of developmental cell biology] , author of the 2018 book “The Obesogen Effect,” was making a name for himself with his work on industrial chemicals, including the toxicants that leach from vinyl and that may disrupt our hormonal systems. … “Your biggest exposure is in the shower,” via inhalation and dermal absorption. … Dr. Blumberg pointed out that fiberglass can leach toxicants from the resins that hold it together. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Rolling Stone, Mar. 6, 2020
Finally, Research Proves Female Artists Are More Creative Than Men
A new study from music researchers has found that women are engaged in creative fields like art, music and literature at higher rates than men — and are generally more creative than men. In their study released last month, Michael Mauskapf …, Noah Askin …, Sharon Koppman [assistant business professor] of UC Irvine and Brian Uzzi … examined “structural and cultural differences in the work context of creative producers” — an angle they considered to be widely unexplored. … “These results suggest that social factors, rather than differences in raw ability, are responsible for gender disparities in creative production,” researchers wrote.

MSN (Billboard), Mar. 5, 2020
Experts Say Live Promoters Need a New Game Plan for Coronavirus
The crisis has become so disturbing that Andrew Noymer, a University of California Irvine associate professor of public health and live-music aficionado who recently bought tickets for an upcoming Best Coast show, says concertgoers must assess their risk tolerance before even going out. “I can’t give you an airtight guarantee that there’s no risk, even though a lot of people want to say ‘just keep calm and carry on,’” he says. “Coronavirus is spreading and it’s going to spread more. A soccer game in Italy was played in an empty stadium for only TV cameras. So I don’t want to say it’s unreasonable to exclude going to crowd events.”

Previously “In the News”