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The New York Times, May 21, 2021
What Activities Can Unvaccinated Children Do? Advice From 828 Experts.
“It’s a big, altruistic ask for below-12s to be vaccinated in large numbers,” said Andrew Noymer, [associate professor, public health], an epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine. “The overwhelming majority of cases are not going to be sick. It’s not for their benefit; it’s to prevent them from spreading it to others.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

ABC News, May 20, 2021
Summer forecast calls for intensifying drought across American West
In a new study published in Nature Communications, researchers at the University of California, Irvine, claim that greenhouse gas emissions and aerosol pollution are directly tied to increases in the frequency and severity of droughts. “There has always been natural variability in drought events around the world, but our research shows the clear human influence on drying, specifically from anthropogenic aerosols, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases,” the study’s lead author Felicia Chian said in a press release earlier this week. The study’s co-author, Omid Mazdiyasni, added: “To make matters worse, droughts can be accompanied by heat waves, and high heat and low moisture can increase wildfire risk, which is already significant in the western United States.”

BYU Radio, May 20, 2021 (Audio)
Drought and Fire
Severe drought grips the western half of the US. States are rationing water. California has declared a drought emergency in nearly all counties. Meanwhile, California, New Mexico, and Arizona have each had two large wildfires this year. Is this an early beginning to fire season, or is fire season more of a year-round thing now? We get answers from Tirtha Banerjee, who is an [assistant] professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine.

KPCC, May 20, 2021 (Audio)
BMI Is A Widely Used Health Standard, But Is It A Good One?
Body Mass Index is widely used as a health metric, both by medical professionals and insurance companies to calculate risk or a patient’s eligibility for certain procedures, but it’s long been a controversial standard. … Sabrina Strings, associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine [speaks on the topic].

Orange Coast Magazine, May 21, 2021
UC Irvine Professor Discusses Mental Health Tips for Working at Home
One of the things that can be most effective [working remotely] is setting boundaries around time. So having a clocking in and out time and not breaking those boundaries. You can also think about visually hiding everything work-related, so you don’t have reminders of work when you’re trying to relax, [said] Jessica Borelli, associate professor of psychological science at UC Irvine.

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