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The Hill, Nov. 4, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: We expect too much from Earth
Frank LaFerla, Chancellor’s Professor and dean of the UCI School of Biological Sciences  and Travis E. Huxman, director of the Center for Environmental Biology at the School of Biological Sciences at UCI, a professor, ecology and Evolutionary biology and director of the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center write, “We expect too much from Earth. This year at the UN COP26 climate conference, scientists from around the world are discussing a frightening truth, our planet’s resiliency reaching a tipping point. … It is time to heed the calls from ecologists and climate scientists alike and redouble our conservation investments and clean energy commitments.”

Mashable, Nov. 8, 2021
Wind And Solar Power Can Easily Meet Current Energy Demands Of Industrialized Nations
“Wind and solar could meet more than 80 percent of demand in many places without crazy amounts of storage or excess generating capacity, which is the critical point,” Steve Davis, co-author of the paper and a UCI [Earth system science] professor said in a press release. “But depending on the country, there may be many multi-day periods throughout the year when some demand will need to be met by energy storage and other non-fossil energy sources in a zero-carbon future.”

STAT, Nov. 8, 2021
Q&A: Bioethicist Leigh Turner on the worrisome boom in unregulated stem cell clinics
But according to a new analysis, the period of enforcement discretion led to a boom in the unauthorized stem cell business. “Embedded in that plan was a good idea that had a disastrous outcome,” said Leigh Turner, who conducted the analysis. Turner is a bioethicist and public health researcher [and professor] at the University of California, Irvine, who has been tracking the stem cell industry for more than a decade …. STAT spoke with Turner about the report ….

Vox, Nov. 6, 2021
America can’t fix policing without fixing the country’s gun problem
“Police officers are being asked to make these often very subtle decisions in situations in which they legitimately feel their life is really threatened,” Emily Owens, a University of California Irvine economist [and criminology, law and society professor] focused on crime and policing, told me. “The prevalence of firearms in the United States doesn’t help that situation, certainly.”

Irvine Standard, Nov. 2, 2021
Trailblazer
When UCI established its School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2020, it was the first new public pharmacy school in California in nearly two decades. Its pharmacy students train alongside medical school and nursing school students in what Dean [Jan] Hirsch calls a “team-based, whole-patient” approach to education. “Being one of only a few pharmacy schools in California that is part of an academic health center immerses our students in an inter-professional clinical practice, training and research environment,” she says. “There is a buzz of excitement here about that.”

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