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Spectrum News 1, April 30, 2022
UC Irvine celebrates COVID-19 vaccine scientists
The University of California, Irvine, celebrated a select group of scientists Friday who helped curb the spread and were part of an accelerated clinical process that had begun nearly 60 years before. … The panel included Philip Felgner … director of the UCI Vaccine Research and Development Center. … The panel covered how mRNA research began, why it helped speed the process for the vaccines and what that might mean for the future.

The Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2022
Covid-19 Cases Rise in the U.S., With Limited Impact
The more transmission can be interrupted, the better for everyone, said Daniel Parker, an infectious-disease epidemiologist [and assistant professor of public health] at the University of California, Irvine. He said caution is warranted, even though recent infection increases appear to be more of a bump than a major wave. “We’re transitioning in how we’re dealing with the pandemic,” he said. “I hope that we’ll be nimble.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Marketplace, April 29, 2022
Why does the Federal Reserve raise rates in quarter percentages?
While there’s a lot of science that goes into economics, sometimes there are rules of thumb that economists just stick with, according to Gary Richardson, an economics professor at the University of California, Irvine and a former Fed historian. The Fed wasn’t seeking out the optimal percentage, he explained. “They started doing a quarter point, and it worked OK because it was clear and it was infrequent and gradual,” Richardson said.

Bloomberg, May 2, 2022
Hydrogen Is Every U.S. Gas Utility’s Favorite Hail Mary Pass
In addition, hydrogen behaves differently with certain metals and as result it can degrade and embrittle steel pipelines that are typically found in the nation’s high-pressure gas transmission system, said Jack Brouwer, director of the Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine. Compressor stations designed to move natural gas don’t work well with hydrogen either, Brouwer said, so those would also need to be upgraded.

The Orange County Register, May 2, 2022 (Opinion)
Opinion: Which path will California take on criminal justice?
Charis E. Kubrin, UCI professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Bradley J. Bartos write, “When it comes to public safety and criminal justice reform, California has done many things right. But, it also has fallen short. … The big question is: what’s next? California is at a crossroads. We examined possible scenarios for California’s public safety future as part of a new policy and scenario report released in partnership with California 100.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

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