UCI News

The New York Times, March 7, 2022
Amazon Is Less Able to Recover From Droughts and Logging, Study Finds
“That lack of resilience shows that, indeed, there is only so much of a beating that this forest can take,” said Paulo Brando, [assistant Professor of Earth System Science], a tropical ecologist at the University of California, Irvine who was not involved in the study. “It’s reducing the ability to bounce back.”  But Brando said this was not necessarily a sign that a tipping point was unavoidable, and pointed to the need to stop clear-cutting and forest degradation in the region. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Irvine Standard, March 3, 2022
Making a difference around the world
Already, more than 10 billion COVID-19 vaccines have been administered throughout the world. And all of those vaccines can be traced back to one man who led to its discovery: UC Irvine professor Philip Felgner, who spent 35 years developing the technology used to build the vaccine. “We envisioned the technology that we were working on could do something like this,” says Felgner, one of seven scholars recently honored for their contribution to the COVID-19 vaccine. … Felgner, who holds 50 U.S. patents, directs UCI’s Vaccine Research and Development Center, which recently developed a low-cost COVID-19 blood test capable of delivering results within 10 minutes.

SELF, March 3, 2022
Stressful News Cycle Tips: 13 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health
“We know from a lot of the research that high levels of media exposure, especially when it’s repetitive, tend to be associated with psychological distress,” Dana Rose Garfin, PhD, assistant [adjunct] professor [of nursing and public health] at the University of California, Irvine, who studies how trauma exposure impacts physical and mental health, previously told SELF.


Los Angeles Times, March 4, 2022
‘We need to do all we can’: Five key takeaways from the U.N. climate report
“If we want to have effective climate change policy, we have to look at those human dimensions, and particularly those equity dimensions, and protecting some of the most vulnerable populations,” said Michael Méndez, an assistant professor of environmental policy and planning at UC Irvine, who said he was pleased to see the report’s stronger focus on equity and environmental justice. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Vox, March 4, 2022
Russia is strengthening its censorship regime by blocking Facebook
After a week of threats and half-measures, the Russian government has officially blocked Facebook and continues to restrict Twitter from the tens of millions of users in the country who use the apps daily. … “Censoring is too modest of a word right now for what they’re doing,” said UC Irvine [clinical] law professor and former UN special rapporteur for free speech David Kaye.

Previously “In the News”