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Spectrum News 1, Oct. 18, 2022 (Video)
UCI researchers say California’s trees are dying and might not be coming back
Researchers at UC Irvine found that California’s trees are dying and may not be coming back. Since 1985, rising temperatures and wildfires have caused a 6% to 7% decline in the mountain tree cover across the state. The starkest decline is happening in Southern California, with a 14% reduction in tree cover. Jon Wang, UCI postdoctoral scholar said, “Scientists have been predicting these kinds of changes associated with climate change for a long time … but to see the evidence in this time span it’s on the faster end of what we might expect.”

Daily Pilot, Oct. 18, 2022
UC Irvine tests new technology to help seniors during Thursday’s California ShakeOut
The idea for “CareDEX” was born. The technology was developed by Nalini Venkatasubramanian, a professor of computer science at UC Irvine and Nikil Dutt, a Distinguished Professor of computer science, Sharad Mehrotra, a Chancellor’s Professor of computer science, Lisa Gibbs, a clinical professor of geriatrics [and chief, division of geriatrics and gerontology, family medicine] and geriatrics project scientists. “The idea was creating information preparedness, which allows us, senior care facilities, first responders, the government and other stakeholders to keep track of priorities and needs of the older adults. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Business Journal, Oct. 18, 2022
New UCI Institute to Research Zero-Emission, Autonomous Vehicle Tech
UCI has opened a new on-campus research facility to study zero-emission, autonomous and connected vehicle technology. … “HIMaC2 represents a collection of state-of-the-art research laboratories for conducting crucially important and highly innovative research in the future of transportation, energy and their interconnections,” UCI Vice Chancellor for Research Pramod Khargonekar said in a statement. “It puts UCI in the forefront of this emerging field leading to breakthrough discoveries, inventions and their translation for benefits to society.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 18, 2022
Union calls leak of racist recordings illegal, but LAPD has not been asked to find culprit
Susan Seager, an adjunct professor at UC Irvine School of Law and a longtime media lawyer, said the act of taping the conversation could be a violation of California law forbidding secretly recording people who have a reasonable expectation of privacy. … “You have the right to kind of override some people’s privacy interests if the issue concerns a matter that’s important to the public,” Seager said. “In this case, they were also talking about redistricting.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 15, 2022
‘Alexis Smith: The American Way’ Review: Southern California Collage
The artist was born Patricia Anne Smith in Los Angeles in 1949. She changed her name to that of the movie actress when she was only 17 years old. … She attended the University of California, Irvine, originally as a liberal-arts major, but taking one class in the school’s high-powered art department (its faculty included such luminaries as Robert Irwin and Vija Celmins) convinced her to change course. … Graduate school consisted … of employment as a girl Friday with the architect Frank Gehry. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

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