UCI News

The Washington Post, Nov. 28, 2022
Covid deaths skew older, reviving questions about ‘acceptable loss’
Last month, when [Anthony Fauci], the infectious-disease doctor accompanied TV host Stephen Colbert to a Walgreens in New York City to get a booster shot, neither wore a face covering. Given the scripted nature of such photo opportunities, the decision to forgo masks horrified Andrew Noymer, a public health [associate] professor at the University of California, Irvine. “The message is ‘don’t bother masking,’ ” he said in an interview. “We have given up, and the fact we’ve given up means we don’t care about a certain amount of deaths.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

Daily Pilot, Nov. 27, 2022
Fed up with the ocean’s plastic problems, UC Irvine post-grads open zero-waste market
Environmental scientists predict that oceans will contain more plastic, pound for pound, than fish by the year 2050. Jessica Walden and Chris McGuire, doctoral students in UC Irvine’s Department of Earth System Science, have seen this trend firsthand in their oceanographic studies of the Atlantic and Pacific, where the water samples they collect are replete with microplastics. … McGuire and Walden decided to do something about the proliferation of plastics by branching out from the laboratory to another realm of experimentation: the marketplace. In September, the newlyweds opened Amis de la Terre Zero-Waste Market in Costa Mesa. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Academic Minute, Nov. 28, 2022 (Audio)
Jun Wu, University of California, Irvine – Examining Effects of Environment on Preterm Birth
Nature or nurture? Today on The Academic Minute: Jun Wu, professor of environment and occupational health at the University of California, Irvine program in public health, says your environment can play a role in when nurturing begins.

Eat This, Not That, Nov. 27, 2022
I am a Doctor and Here’s How to Tell You Have High Blood Pressure
Dr. Jose Mayorga MD, executive director, UCI Health Family Health Centers tells us, “Everyone is at risk for high blood pressure.  It is the number one chronic disease in the United States and now the world.  This is why everyone should have a primary care doctor and have routine physicals.  During these doctor visits you can undergo screening tests which include measuring your blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar, and obtaining vaccines to prevent serious infections.”

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 28, 2022
UCLA, UC Irvine Law Schools Drop ‘U.S. News’ Rankings
The law school of the University of California, Los Angeles, announced Tuesday that it is dropping out of the U.S. News & World Report rankings. And on Wednesday, the law school of the University of California, Irvine, joined the movement. … Austen L. Parrish, the law dean at Irvine, said, “How U.S. News has decided to approach its rankings and what it chooses to incentivize do not align with our values or our commitment to public service; nor is it what leaders in the top law firms, nonprofit and government organizations, corporations, and others that hire our students value.”

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