UCI News

The Orange County Register, Oct. 12, 2021
Weather is warming, surf is up – is it safe to go to the beach?
UC Irvine’s ecology and evolutionary biology [Professor] Matthew Bracken talked about the ongoing efforts to clean up the oil. … “If toxins were non-detectable in the water, that should make it safe to go in,” he said. “As long as the testing suggests it is safe, I think people should feel confident about going in the water.” … Bracken warned the material is “incredibly toxic” … “You want to stay away from tar balls on the beach.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Grist, Oct. 12, 2021
Facing floods and fires, undocumented immigrants have nowhere to turn for help
Michael Méndez, [UCI assistant professor, urban planning & public policy said], “The ways that we have set up our disaster infrastructure — at the federal, state, and local levels — are rendering invisible undocumented migrants because of cultural and racial norms of who is considered a worthy disaster victim.”

Business Insider, Oct. 13, 2021
Exclusive: JPMorgan pressures massive supplier network to increase spending with Black and Hispanic businesses or risk losing their multimillion-dollar contracts
Ming Leung, an associate professor of business at the University of California, Irvine, said JPMorgan could inspire other companies to pressure their own suppliers to do more business with Black- and Hispanic-owned companies. “The impact is going to be huge,” Leung said. “It’s not just the dollars but the high-profile nature and attention that’s going into this. JPMorgan Chase is a big company.”

Spectrum News 1, Oct. 8, 2021 (Video)
Scientists look at how the Huntington Beach oil spill will impact marine life
Joana Flor Tavares, a graduate student [in Earth system science] at UC Irvine studying oceanography and marine policy, added clumps of oil in large glass jars. “We’re exploring a possible project that would look at the long term impact of this oil spill on marine microbial communities,” she said. Tavares explained that her lab was looking at phytoplankton and how the oil spill of the Southern California coast could change different species’ growth patterns. “We’re becoming more aware and have more evidence for how these components from fossil fuels can have these broader effects on the structure on communities [of marine life],” she said.

BGR, Oct. 11, 2021
This claim from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen isn’t the smoking gun people think it is
Facebook asked teens about their impressions of Instagram’s effect on their body image, mental health, and other issues. … “That reliance on self-reporting — the teens’ own opinions — as a single indicator of harm is a problem, says Candice Odgers, a [professor of psychological science], who studies adolescence at the University of California, Irvine and Duke University. That’s because teenagers are already primed by media coverage, and the disapproval of adults, to believe that social media is bad for them.”

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