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BBC, Oct. 11, 2022
The computer errors from outer space
In early September 1859, the most intense geomagnetic storm ever recorded raged in the planet’s atmosphere. … If such an event were to occur in the future, it could theoretically damage power lines and internet cables across many regions, says Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi, [computer science assistant professor] at the University of California, Irvine. “There is also this risk of charged particles causing data corruption,” she adds. “Right now, the actual extent of damage, it’s very difficult to predict.” Daniel Whiteson, [physics and astronomy professor] also at the University of California, Irvine, agrees, adding that such an incident could potentially be “catastrophic” and that our understanding of the physics inside the Sun is not well-developed enough to allow us to be able to predict major solar ejections well in advance.

NBC News – ProPublica, Oct. 12, 2022
Mandatory reporting was supposed to stop severe child abuse. It punishes poor families instead.
Kelley Fong, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, has done extensive research into the impacts of mandatory reporting policies. When Fong interviewed dozens of impoverished mothers in Rhode Island and later Connecticut, they described how mandated reporters are “omnipresent” and how the fear of a call to Child Protective Services leads some to avoid seeking public assistance. But when she spoke to professionals who had filed reports against parents, Fong found a disconnect.

AARP, Oct. 11, 2022
5 Types of Drugs That May Curl Your Hair
In a recently published study, California researchers have identified five types of medications that may affect the texture of hair, most often causing it to become curlier. “Although there are studies summarizing the effects of systemic medications on hair loss and color, medication induced hair texture changes are seldom reported and are poorly characterized in literature,” Celine H. Phong, a graduate student in dermatology at the University of California, Irvine, and colleagues wrote in the study ….

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 11, 2022 (Op-Ed)
Op-Ed: Nury Martinez says out loud the racism and colorism my vibrant Oaxacan community endures
Miriham Antonio, a law student at UC Irvine, writes: “Today, Oaxacans live in every part of California. That’s the reason many call this state Oaxacalifornia. My people are farmworkers, dishwashers, cooks, garment workers, janitors, business owners, community members, activists, students and professionals. I’m a USC graduate and a law student at UC Irvine and I too am Oaxacan. … My hope is that this incident will lead to meaningful conversations about the prevalence of colorism and racism against Oaxacans and other Indigenous Mexicans in this state.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 7, 2022
‘The Baron’ Review: The Trials of Turkish Hirsch
[Maurice de] Hirsch’s memory, Matthias Lehmann writes in “The Baron,” is now “on the margins of modern Jewish history.” In his lifetime, however, Hirsch was a giant of the “gilded age of Jewish philanthropy.” … Mr. Lehmann, a professor of history [and director of Center for Jewish Studies] at the University of California, Irvine, recounts the life and ventures of a tycoon in the first age of globalization. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

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