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Los Angeles Times, Oct. 9, 2021
Marine researchers focus on the tiniest victims of Orange County oil spill
The scientific effort to understand how spilled oil affects Southern California’s coastal environment has suddenly become a hot topic of study at UC Irvine, where microbiologist Joleah Lamb and her students are collecting samples of seawater and kelp at nearby Newport Bay so that they can analyze and catalogue the types, sizes and compositions of contaminants they contain. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KABC7, Oct. 10, 2021 (Video)
Baking to end world hunger
“A local teen is using her gift of baking to try and end world hunger and she was just named PEOPLE magazine’s Top 10 Girls Changing the World. Joining us live is UCI student Sahana Vij.” [While still in high school, Vij wrote her cookbook, “Bake Away“. Vij is donating all of her author proceeds to the non-profit, No Kid Hungry. For every $1 donated, No Kid Hungry serves 10 meals.]

Yahoo News (The Independent), Oct. 11, 2021
Huge solar storm hitting Earth today could cause mass disruption for power grids and satellites, agency warns
Storms like these happen once in every 100 years, and could plunge the world into an “internet apocalypse,” one study has claimed. “A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) involves the emis­sion of electrically charged matter and accompany­ing magnetic field into space. When it hits the earth, it interacts with the earth’s magnetic field and produces Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GIC) on the crust,” said Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi, [assistant professor, computer science], from the University of California, Irvine ….

Irvine Standard, Oct. 4, 2021
Tech guru lands at UCI
[Errol] Arkilic now calls UC Irvine home. He was recently named head of UCI Beall Applied Innovation – the university’s own incubator for tech startups. “I’ve been in the tech space for 25 years,” he says. “Applied Innovation is one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever seen.” Applied Innovation’s purpose is to help nurture an idea – perhaps born in a UCI classroom – all the way to the marketplace. In its first seven years, the project has turned more than 80 ideas into tech companies and helped secure $26 billion in investment or returns – about 60% of which has stayed in Southern California.

Foreign Policy, Oct. 9, 2021 (Review)
‘Squid Game’ Hides a Hopeful Message Within a Dystopian Nightmare
Kyung Hyun Kim, professor of East Asian studies writes, “Squid Game asks a difficult yet fundamental question about life: Can a human retain his or her soul and decency and still compete in the ruthless and merciless environment capitalism has created for itself?”

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