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Eat This, Not That!, Nov. 23, 2022
Virus Experts Say “Do This Now” to Avoid COVID, as Dr. Fauci Holds Final Press Conference
Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH Director & Founding Dean Professor of Health, Society, & Behavior, UCI Program in Public Health, Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine tells us, “Research shows that COVID reinfection further increases risks of death, hospitalization, and disease in multiple organ systems in the short and long term phase of the illness. … As individuals, every time we get a booster it boosts our immunity and strengthens the community protection against COVID-19. Keeping our defenses up against severe disease will always protect us against worse outcomes.”

HuffPost, Nov, 23, 2022
What To Do If You Feel Guilty After Setting Boundaries
Setting boundaries can help stop some of these problems before they start, but can be a challenge for many people to implement. However, it’s a “really important part of healthy relationship functioning … and I think in general we’re not so skilled at it,” said Jessica Borelli, an [associate] professor of psychological science and a clinical psychologist at the University of California, Irvine. Borelli said that “boundary setting occurs between one or more people when one person has to make a statement or set a limit regarding something they will not do within a relationship.”

NPR, Nov. 23, 2022 (audio)
China’s continued “zero COVID” policy stirs dissent
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, [Chancellor’s Professor] is a historian at the University of California, Irvine who studies Chinese protests. He said that acts of defiance like the bridge demonstration are all the more surprising. “It was a kind of reminder of how even a desire for total control, there is still going to be what Leonard Cohen talked about the cracks where the light gets in.” … Wasserstrom says small copycat events in China are daring acts, given the stakes. And he said waves of protests can sometimes start from mundane complaints, but he warns, we should avoid reading too much into them.

Circular, Nov. 23, 2022
UCI professor describes how to develop a circular economy for e-waste
Oladele Ogunseitan is the UC Presidential Chair and a UCI professor of population health and disease prevention. The Nigerian public health researcher has worked on studies that consider how toxic pollutants impact human and environmental health. In an article, “Bending the curve of the electronics revolution toward a circular economy of e-waste”, published online in the journal One Earth, Ogunseitan discussed how the sustainability challenges of pollution and the mining of raw minerals using child labour present “opportunities” to create a circular economy which allows e-waste to be recycled into materials to produce new, less toxic devices.

Robert-Koch-Stiftung, Nov. 13, 2022 (podcast)
Podcast of the Robert Koch Foundation
Philip Felgner, UCI professor in residence of physiology & biophysics, and Dr. Drew Weissman, professor of medicine in the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, won the prestigious 2022 Robert Koch Prize for fundamental contributions to the transfer of nucleic acids into cells. In this podcast, they discuss their research into this pioneering technology for treating infectious diseases that played a crucial role in developing the messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccines.

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