UCI News

The New York Times, May 15, 2021
723 Epidemiologists on When and How the U.S. Can Fully Return to Normal
Scott Bartell, [public health professor and] an epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine, said, “I’m hopeful that someday Covid-19 will be more like measles, mostly eliminated but not eradicated, with sporadic outbreaks and clusters primarily among those not immunized.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Jefferson Public Radio, May 13, 2021 (Audio)
Researchers Confirm Increasing Intensity Of California Fire Seasons
If you’ve been thinking every fire season seems more intense than the last, you are correct–at least for California. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine pulled in data from the last 100 years, and found some clear trends. For one thing, every year of the 21st century has featured an increase in fire destruction over the previous year. For another, the center of fire season has shifted earlier; it’s now in July instead of August. We get an overview from the lead researchers: [Assistant] Professor Tirtha Banerjee and PhD Candidate Shu Li, [civil & environmental engineering].

Spectrum News 1, May 15, 2021
Has California’s leading recall warrior become a political player?
Even so, University of California, Irvine political science professor Tony Smith said now is not a good time for a fledgling Republican political career to survive. “If I were an up-and-coming politician in California and thought I had a future, the last thing I would do is start by losing,” Smith said. “Once you’re associated with losing, it’s very hard to raise money from donors.”

The New Republic, May 17, 2021
Can a Hate Crimes Bill Stop the Rising Violence Against Asian Americans?
Some criticize hate crime legislation as toothless political fodder. Politicians love to support such bills because everyone supposedly hates hate, “but it doesn’t deter racial violence and it doesn’t reduce it,” said Claire Jean Kim, a professor of political science and Asian American studies at the University of California, Irvine. “It just gives us the illusion that we’re doing something about it.”

Orange County Business Journal, May 17, 2021
TAE Technologies CEO Brings Star Power to Earth
Michl Binderbauer has spent over three decades working to commercialize a new source of clean energy that could fuel the Earth for the next 100,000 years. … Binderbauer … moved to the U.S. with his family ahead of college, and went on to attend the University of California, Irvine, where he met his late mentor and the co-founder of TAE Technologies, Norman Rostoker. … Today, TAE Technologies is the largest employer of UCI graduates from the School of Physical Sciences, where Binderbauer serves as a member of its leadership council, among other involvements. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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