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Orange County Business Journal, Oct. 12, 2020
UCI recruits global, entrepreneurial-minded scholar
The UCI Paul Merage School of Business traversed the Pacific Ocean to find its incoming dean: Ian Williamson, the pro-vice chancellor and dean of the business school at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He’ll take the top spot at University of California, Irvine’s business school, which counts more than 1,500 MBA and undergraduate students, on Jan. 1. … Using innovation as an engine to solve market failures—such as a lack of access to education—is a key area of focus for Williamson. It’s also one of the reasons he was drawn to UCI. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Atlantic, Oct. 13, 2020
Will we be home for the holidays—and should we be?
“It’s not just that people are gathering. It’s that they’re gathering amidst the backdrop of this winter-seasonality effect,” Noymer said. “I just don’t see any scenarios, barring a vaccine, in which we don’t have lots of COVID-19 this winter, and Thanksgiving is going to play a role in that,” Noymer told me. (Black Friday, he noted, might play a role as well; aware of this threat … many stores are moving away from having a big, single-day sale ….) When I asked Noymer if people will be home for the holidays, and if they should be home for the holidays, he replied, “Yes,” and then, “No.”

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 13, 2020
Proposal for new federal education credit and accountability system
“Together, these two proposals meet acute needs for accessible learning opportunities in the wake of a global pandemic, while also creating pipelines for ongoing development of instructional programs and rigorous science for their continuous improvement,” wrote the paper’s co-authors, Richard Arum, professor and dean of the school of education at the University of California, Irvine, and Mitchell Stevens, professor of education and sociology at Stanford University.

Utility Dive, Oct. 12, 2020
To batteries and beyond: With seasonal storage potential, hydrogen offers ‘a different ballgame entirely’
Jack Brouwer started thinking about the potential of using hydrogen to store massive amounts of energy around 12 years ago. … Brouwer, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, Irvine …. and a group of his students began researching the issue.  In 2013, they published a paper … That paper caught the attention of some people at Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) — the nation’s largest gas utility …. The discussion led to a demonstration project that was set up at UC Irvine’s campus in 2016, Brouwer said, that made renewable hydrogen from solar power using an electrolyzer

The Washington Post, Oct. 11, 2020
Ruth Kluger, author of searing and celebrated Holocaust memoir, dies at 88
Ruth Kluger, a literary scholar and memoirist whose unsparing account of her coming-of-age during the Holocaust, published in English as “Still Alive,” was celebrated as an essential entry in the canon of books by survivors bearing witness to the horrors of Nazi Europe, died Oct. 5 at her home in Irvine, Calif. She was 88. … Dr. Kluger had retired in 1994 from the University of California, Irvine, one of several American universities where she had taught German literature, among other fields in the humanities, for years. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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