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The New York Times, May 19, 2021
Severe drought, worsened by climate change, ravages the American West
Dry conditions can also make warming worse, said Amir AghaKouchak, [professor of civil & environmental engineering], who studies climate-related and other water resource issues at the University of California, Irvine. Warming causes soil to lose moisture through evaporation … “During droughts, moisture levels become very low, so evaporation doesn’t happen,” Dr. AghaKouchak said. “The skin of the earth warms up, and that warms the atmosphere.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Daily Pilot, May 19, 2021
UC Irvine physicians produce masks for underserved communities
Early in the pandemic, two UC Irvine physicians started producing face masks for hospital workers from a material used to sterilize surgical equipment. Dr. Aditi Sharma, a resident physician in the UC Irvine Health dermatology department, and anesthesiologist Dr. Melissa Chang put their recycling plan into action as hospitals were contending with shortages of N95 masks … The pair formed a nonprofit, Recyclablu, and produced 10,000 masks for UCI Health employees from 1,200 pounds of medical waste. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Atlantic, May 20, 2021
What happens when Americans can finally exhale
“This has been an ongoing set of cascading collective traumas that have really not abated,” says UC Irvine’s Roxane Cohen Silver, a [professor and] psychologist who has studied trauma for decades. … “I don’t feel that we’re doomed,” Silver told me. “I do still believe that we will get through this.” She and other experts I talked with noted that people are resilient, and often more so than they realize.

KPCC, May 19, 2021 (Audio)
Should venues and workplaces require proof of COVID vaccination?
According to a poll by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, the majority of Californians think entertainment venues should be able to require proof that patrons are either COVID negative or fully vaccinated. The poll also found that most Californians support some workplaces placing similar requirements on their employees. … We dive into the results of the poll and discuss the bioethics of so-called “vaccine passports,” both in the U.S. and internationally. Guests: Michele Goodwin, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law and director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy.

AARP, May 19, 2021
Can you drink alcohol after your COVID-19 vaccine?
“We know from other studies that chronic alcohol consumption can lead to weak vaccine responses and reduce protection,” says Ilhem Messaoudi, director of the Center for Virus Research at the University of California, Irvine. “The same most likely applies to the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who drink in excess are likely to generate dampened immune responses and also be at higher risk of having severe COVID-19.”

Previously “In the News”