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Eat This, Not That!, Oct. 15, 2022
Don’t Go Here Even if It’s Open, Says COVID Expert
Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, Director and Founding Dean, University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health states, “We like to look to our neighbors in the east and west, specifically Europe where case numbers are inching up and be on the lookout for any new variants. There have also been reports that we should expect a bad flu season, which will complicate COVID case monitoring since symptoms are similar.” … Dr. Boden-Albala explains, “To prevent severe reactions to COVID and the flu, we need to be vaccinated and take other measures, including hygiene, good sleep, eating well, tracking case counts in your community, and being mindful of spreading the virus.”

ClimateWire, Oct. 17, 2022
How eroding beaches led to a Calif. commuting nightmare
A disappearing California beach is partly behind the weekslong closure of one of Amtrak’s busiest routes in the latest example of how changing weather patterns and eroding shorelines pose a threat to the state’s coastal rail corridor. … “That stretch of the coast has really lost a significant amount of sand over the last decade or two,” said Brett Sanders, professor of civil and environmental engineering at University of California, Irvine. “The beach that was once there to defend the railroad and defend housing and other infrastructure is no longer there.”

AP, Oct. 12, 2022
Worsening inflation will pressure Fed to keep raising rates
Until consumer demand slows further, forcing more companies to compete on price, costs for many goods will likely stay high, economists say. “There’s a saying in economics that prices go up like rockets and down like feathers,” said Eric Swanson, a former Fed economist who is now an [economics] professor at the University of California, Irvine. “You’re kind of seeing that a little bit.”

NBC News, Oct. 14, 2022
‘Rings of Power’ series reveals another underdiscussed aspect of representation
Tiara Na’puti, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, whose studies include militarism and sovereignty in the Pacific Islands, said the historical context of Aotearoa, or New Zealand, can’t be ignored. The British colonized Aotearoa, formally annexing the islands in 1840, and set off decades of conflict between settlers and indigenous populations, as well as severe European encroachment upon Māori land. Na’puti pointed out that the Māori community experienced significant land loss, now holding just roughly 5% of all land there. … Na’Puti also said production should learn and engage with the histories of the land, and acknowledge Māori land loss.

Daily Nurse, Oct. 10, 2022
Psychiatric Nurse Finds Her Niche
During her last rotation as a nursing student at an outpatient program for severely mentally ill patients, Dawn Bounds found her calling as a psychiatric nurse. She reflects on those days early into a new journey as an assistant professor at the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. “I loved it – to sit and talk with my patients and try to understand the context of their lives and how to support them,” recalls the Chicago native. … At UCI, where she joined the faculty this summer, Bounds will help establish a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner specialization in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Previously “In the News”