UCI News

The New York Times, Nov. 11, 2020
California is Trying to Jump-Start the Hydrogen Economy
“Almost any objective analysis for getting to zero emissions includes hydrogen,” said Jack Brouwer, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. Mr. Brouwer does not think hydrogen will become the dominant energy source soon, but he argues that it has great potential as a fuel for vehicles, power plants and appliances. … UC Irvine has experimented with hydrogen for years and formed partnerships with local governments and major corporations to popularize its use in Southern California. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 12, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: As Supreme Court debates Philly-based foster case, should laws allow religious exemptions? | Pro/Con
The Inquirer tapped legal scholars to debate: Should the law allow for religious exemptions? Howard Gillman, Chancellor, University of California, Irvine and Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, University of California, Berkeley School of Law write: “No: Case-by-case review of religious beliefs versus government interests can never work. … Discrimination based on race, sex, religion, and sexual orientation is wrong, and no one should be able to use their religion as a basis for harming others in this way. The Court in Fulton should reaffirm Employment Division v. Smith and declare that the First Amendment does not give favored religious practitioners the right to ignore civil rights laws.”

CalMatters, Nov. 12, 2020 (Commentary)
Commentary: The shocking prevalence of COVID-19 in Orange County minority communities
Bernadette Boden-Albala, director and founding dean of the Program in Public Health at UCI writes, “A new study from UC Irvine and the Orange County Health Care Agency shows COVID-19’s true prevalence in the community, and it paints a shocking picture. This study, called the actOC project, is the first of its kind in California and presents data that shows striking health disparities revealed in higher rates of COVID-19 antibodies among minority communities in Orange County.”

WLNS.com, Nov. 10, 2020 (Video)
Law Professor Michele Goodwin discusses ACA challenge
NewsNation discussed what the Affordable Care Act ruling could mean for Americans with Michele Goodwin, a Law [Chancellor’s] Professor and Director of the Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy at University of California, Irvine School of Law.

KQED, Nov. 10, 2020
Help From on High: Satellites Play Key Role in Fighting California Wildfires
“This has been revolutionary for the fire scientists to be able to study how the perimeters grow,” said James Randerson, an Earth science professor at UC Irvine. “A lot of the records you get from fire agencies, like from Cal Fire, are actually derived … from satellite data.” So when Cal Fire announces that 4 million acres have burned, it uses satellite images to help calculate that total. Researchers like Randerson also use the information to track climate change and its effects around the world.

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