UCI News

MarketPlace, Nov. 21, 2022 (Audio)
A Southern California town reckons with its disappearing beaches
Sand helps buffer the coast from storms …. It keeps the waves from digging into the base of coastal bluffs. So what happened to all that sand? The ocean has been sucking up sand faster than it can be replaced, according to Brett Sanders, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine. Besides storm surges and sea-level rise, there’s also an inland side to the problem, he said. “We’ve kind of been slowly starving our coasts of the sediment supply that it needs to be healthy and resilient,” Sanders said.

The Washington Post, Nov. 22, 2022
How the Biden administration wants to tackle foreign commercial spyware
Here’s David Kaye, a [clinical] law professor at the University of California, Irvine who previously served as U.N. special rapporteur and examined the growing surveillance industry: [Tweet] BIG NEWS: United States @TheJusticeDept urges the Supreme Court to deny cert in @WhatsApp v #NSOGroup, in which NSO was seeking official immunity protection in Meta’s suit against it. Up to the court now, but it’s a major rejection of NSO argument. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

The Orange County Register, Nov. 22, 2022
OC hospitals preparing to handle young patients as pediatric beds are in demand
UC Irvine epidemiologist Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health], said he thinks the wave of flu and RSV cases may start to abate by January. There’s not consensus among epidemiologists about what’s causing more widespread and severe RSV infections, Noymer said, but there are two main theories. Noymer supports the idea that the harm COVID-19 can do to the immune system has left kids more susceptible to RSV. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 21, 2022
What happens when CEOs return? History has some lessons for Bob Iger and Disney
Not all returning CEOs do better the second time around. … Reasons can include changes to the industry and the company itself since the CEO left. If a CEO has been gone for a lengthy period, it can mean coming back to a whole new company than the one they left, said Travis Howell, assistant professor of strategy at UC Irvine, who was a co-author of the 2020 study. … But, he said, “Iger is actually set up better than most boomerang CEOs. He hasn’t been gone that long. He still has some trust with stakeholders.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KPCC – AirTalk, Nov. 21, 2022 (Audio)
What Challenges Are Teachers Facing As In-Person Learning Gets Back Into Full Swing?
Today on AirTalk, we hear from teachers on challenges they’re facing with educating students after some major pandemic-related setbacks. Also for the program, we’re joined by KPCC & LAist K-12 education reporter Kyle Stokes and director of UCI CalTeach Science & Math Program school of Education, Doron Zinger.

Previously “In the News”