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Los Angeles Times, Oct. 12, 2021
You thought the oil spill was bad? In L.A., toxic waste is everywhere
Now let’s hear from Michael Méndez, an assistant professor at UC Irvine’s school of social ecology, and author of “Climate Change From the Streets.” The book stems from his analysis of environmental catastrophes — natural and manmade, from polluting industries to wildfires — and how they are visited most, and most invisibly, on the poor, including the immigrant labor force. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, Oct. 11, 2021
The Nobel in economics goes to three who find experiments in real life.
David Neumark, [Distinguished Professor of economics], at the University of California, Irvine, who co-wrote a paper contesting Mr. [David] Card and Mr. [Alan B.] Krueger’s findings in the minimum wage study, said he still thought the work had data issues — but added that there was no doubt that the methodology was important. “They’ve all done great work — they’ve changed the way that labor economists do research,” Mr. Neumark said of the three winners. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Verywell Health, Oct. 11, 2021
Does Herd Immunity Still Matter?
Shruti Gohil, MD, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Health, says that it may be too soon to predict the future of the pandemic. Regardless, the U.S. still needs to boost vaccination rates, she adds. “We’re asking the wrong question about striving for herd immunity,” Gohil tells Verywell. “Rather, we should be asking the question: ‘Why aren’t we getting vaccinated?’”

The Nation, Oct. 11, 2021
The Long Shadow of Anita Hill’s Testimony
Michele Goodwin, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law writes, “It’s been 30 years since professor Anita Hill raised her hand and swore to tell the truth to the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary about the harassment she experienced while working at the nation’s leading agency against workplace discrimination. … And still today, when Black women come forward to tell their stories about experiencing sexual harassment and violence, they are too often overlooked and forgotten. In order for change to be fully realized, we all must take responsibility for the ways in which these abuses continue unchecked. For Anita Hill represented one of many, and justice has yet to be served.”

Symmetry magazine, Oct. 12, 2021
Is dark matter cold, warm or hot?
Although it is known to interact with ordinary matter only through gravity, there is such a massive amount of dark matter out there—85% of all the matter in the universe—that it has played a pivotal behind-the-scenes role in shaping all the stuff we can see, from our own Milky Way galaxy to the wispy filaments of gas that link galaxies across vast distances.  “We think it exists because there’s evidence for it on many, many scales,” says Kevork Abazajian, a theoretical physicist and astrophysicist [and physics professor] at the University of California, Irvine.

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