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KQED, March 21, 2022 (Audio)
Confirmation Hearings Begin for Supreme Court Nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson
Confirmation hearings begin on Monday for President Biden’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. The first Black woman to be nominated to the high court, Jackson is expected to face questions about her judicial philosophy and her views on issues facing the Court including abortion, voting rights and affirmative action. … We’ll look at what to expect during the confirmation hearings. Guests: Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor and director, Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy, UC Irvine School of Law ….

Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2022
Climate change is ravaging Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, scientists warn. What can be done?
Between 1984 and 2017, native vegetation declined 37.5% across a study area that stretched from the U.S.-Mexico border to Palm Springs, according to a UC Irvine study published last summer …. “You think of it as a super-hot and dry place, but it’s also vulnerable to climate change,” said James Randerson, co-author of the paper and [Chancellor’s Professor] of Earth system science at UC Irvine. “Say we had a high amount of rain in a decade or two; maybe we’d see recovery. That’s just not what we’ve seen in the last 34 years.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Washington Post, March 19, 2022
Empathic curiosity is a way for health-care professionals to manage stress
“Empathic curiosity” doesn’t require providers to take on more of their patient’s suffering, however, says Johanna Shapiro, a professor [emeritus] of family medicine at the University of California, Irvine. Instead, “sustaining curiosity, which is already a valued part of the medical role, can be a bridge that helps physicians experience more empathy for their patients,” she says. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

AP, March 20, 2022
Grassroots groups help rescue Holocaust survivors in Ukraine
This hesitation appears to be common among the elderly. Svetlana Jitomirskaya, a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Irvine, has been speaking with her father’s 87-year-old friend in Kharkiv, a Holocaust survivor. “He refuses to leave, he doesn’t want to move,” she said, adding that his 88-year-old wife has medical issues as well. “This is the heartbreaking part.”

USA TODAY, March 18, 2022
New COVID variant is spreading across the US. Here’s what you need to know about BA.2
“I’m more worried that the sheer biomass of virus in these places that are now experiencing major waves of omicron will lead to the emergence of new strains, of which we in the U.S. have not yet experienced,” said Daniel Parker, [assistant professor of public health], an infectious disease expert at the University of California, Irvine. “That could certainly lead to spikes in cases like what we saw with delta and omicron.”

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