UCI News

The New York Times, Nov. 17, 2021
Hotter Summer Days Mean More Sierra Nevada Wildfires, Study Finds
The findings “show how short events like heat waves impact fires,” said Aurora A. Gutierrez, a researcher at the University of California Irvine and the lead author of a paper describing the work in the journal Science Advances. … “What makes this novel is that we were trying to identify the role of individual temperature extremes on individual dates,” said Jim Randerson, the senior author on the paper and a UC Irvine [Chancellor’s] Professor of Earth system science. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

KTLA5, Nov. 17, 2021 (Video)
UC Irvine engineers create high-tech fabric that lets wearers pay for purchases with a high-five
“If you’ve held your smartphone or charge card close to a reader to pay for a purchase, you have taken advantage of near-field signaling technologies. Our fabrics work on the same principle, but we’ve extended the range significantly,” said Peter Tseng, UCI assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science. “This means you could potentially keep your phone in your pocket, and just by brushing your body against other textiles or readers, power and information can be transferred to and from your device.”

The Washington Post, Nov. 17, 2021
The world of ‘Minecraft’ is getting taller (and deeper) with its latest update
More than a 100 million people play “Minecraft” every month. … “For a whole generation of kids, that’s kind of where they go,” said Kurt Squire, a professor [of informatics] at University of California Irvine who studies how games can be used to help students learn. “It literally is the playground, the sandbox that they grew up in.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

The Guardian, Nov. 17, 2021
A chemical firm bought out these Black and white US homeowners – with a significant disparity
Edward Telles, a [Distinguished] Professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, reviewed the study for this story. He said the statistical analysis in the study was sound and noted a history of implicit bias and structural racism contributes to lower appraisals for Black homeowners. “It’s a very compelling case”, he said. “[Mossville residents] were impoverished further and [Sasol] broke up a community that existed for 300 years. Where could they buy after they sold?”

Healthline, Nov. 17, 2021
What Will Change When COVID Becomes Endemic?
Karen Edwards, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology & biostatistics at the UCI Program in Public Health, says several factors determine when an infectious disease shifts from pandemic to endemic. “First, endemic does not mean it will disappear,” Edwards said. “Instead, it means that it will still be around and may even increase during certain times of the year, but it will be at manageable and more or less at a constant level with largely predictable patterns over time.”

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