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CNBC, Nov. 1, 2022
We all have different Covid comfort levels these days—here’s how to manage those relationships
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not being direct with others about your Covid comfort level, says Jessica Borelli, a psychological science [associate] professor at UC Irvine. A clear understanding of each other’s boundaries can ensure that no one is accidentally placed in an uncomfortable situation, and inform the decisions you make when you see each other, she says. Share both your preferences and the reasoning behind them, Borelli recommends. … Never assume other people’s comfort levels and safety statuses, she says.

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 31, 2022
Major flood would hit Los Angeles Black communities disproportionately hard, study finds
Flooding from a storm event so severe that it occurs only once every 100 years would cause far greater damage to life and property in the Los Angeles Basin than federal emergency officials have forecast, according to UC Irvine researchers who warn also that Black and low-income communities would be hardest hit by the disaster. “We found that nearly 1 million people are living within areas that could be threatened by a 100-year flood,” said Brett Sanders, a professor of civil and environmental engineering. “That’s roughly 30 times more people at risk than what the Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Eat This, Not That!, Oct. 29, 2022
Sure Signs You Have the Flu as CDC Director Issues Warning
Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, Director and Founding Dean, University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health tells Eat This, Not That! Health tells us, “Based on the CDC FluView report of the 2022-2023 flu season, there are signals that we are having an early start to the flu season. With both influenza and SARS-CoV-2 viruses circulating at the same time, vaccination against both is needed to mitigate against overburdening health care systems as well as the threat to the health and safety of the public at large.”

Quanta Magazine, Nov. 1, 2022
A Mathematician Who Fled to Freedom but Still Stares Down Doubts
On paper, it might come as no surprise that Svetlana Jitomirskaya, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 1966, became a mathematician. Everyone in her family — her parents and her older brother — was one. … After she completed her doctorate in 1991, she and her husband, a physical chemist, moved to the United States, where she began working as a part-time lecturer at the University of California, Irvine. She quickly advanced. Today, her title at Irvine is distinguished professor, and she was recently named the Hubbard Chair professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Throughout her career, she has been widely recognized for her work ….

Livestrong, Oct. 29, 2022
Napping Can Be Energizing Unless You’re Making These 9 Mistakes
In fact, a pleasant power nap can promote many cognitive areas, including self-regulation, executive functioning, cognitive control, memory, attention and motor performance, says [Professor] Sara Mednick, PhD, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine and author of ‌The Power of the Downstate: Recharge Your Life Using Your Body’s Own Restorative Systems‌‌.

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