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Scientific American, Oct. 15, 2020
Why a historic emissions drop from COVID is no cause to celebrate
“Considering how disruptive the pandemic has been in all our lives, it seems like a small number,” said Steven Davis, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, who contributed to the study. “The task of decarbonizing our planet will not mean just changes in personal behavior but changes in the energy structure.”

USA Today, Oct. 16, 2020
The COVID-19 guide to holiday travel – and the case for why you shouldn’t go this year
“We’ll likely continue to see a surge of cases in the fall and over the holidays,” says Karen Edwards, a professor and epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine. “If you must travel, be sure to follow all recommendations, including checking with destinations and events you plan to attend to be sure that travel to that destination or event is still possible. Cancel your trip if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or concerns about risk of infection.”

Eos, Oct. 16, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: Raising our voices for diversity in the geosciences
One current, successful recruitment effort is ReachOut TeachOut at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), which is co-led by Bahareh Sorouri. Since 2017, the program has connected high school students from minority and low-income communities with hands-on research activities at UCI to help inspire students to pursue careers in STEM. Currently, the program works with a neighboring high school whose student demographic is more than half underrepresented minorities, and 78% are from low-income families. Such experiences provide early exposure to careers in science and foster a sense of “belonging” for these students.

Oprah Magazine, Oct. 15, 2020
This Latina’s mobile bookstore is bringing bilingual books to Latinx communities
For Davina A. Ferreira, the founder of Alegría Bilingual Media + Publishing, bilingualism isn’t just her work—it’s part of her life’s mission to bring the beauty of Latinx culture to the masses. … Her immigrant story began at age 17, when a relative living in California offered to let her come stay and study English. … Eventually, although she admits it “took a little longer,” she completed her college education by graduating with honors from the University of California, Irvine.

Harvard Business Review, Oct. 15, 2020
Why you should encourage employees to display family photos at work
Chris Bauman, UCI associate professor, Paul Merage School of Business and others write, “Our recent research reveals an unexpected positive consequence of having personal photos at work. In a field survey of working adults and a series of experiments, we found that people were less likely to engage in unethical behavior … when their workspace included photos of their loved ones, rather than photos of landscapes, themselves, strangers, or no photos at all.”

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