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Reuters, Oct. 21, 2021
The Amazon’s Little Tipping Points
Ecologist Paulo Brando, [UCI assistant professor of Earth system science], one of the leading scientists studying the changing health of the Amazon rainforest, sums it up: “There’s a limit to how much shit the system can take.” … But many scientists think putting a single number on the tipping point is still important as a clarion call, even if it’s too complex to currently prove. Once you’re able to prove it, ecologist Brando argues, it will already be too late. “We know there’s a cliff out there, and so even if we’re not exactly sure where it is, we need to slow down,” Brando says. “Instead, we’re rushing towards it with our eyes closed.”

KCBS2, Oct. 21, 2021 (Video)
Former President Bill Clinton Thanks Doctors, Nurses At UCI Medical Center After Being Hospitalized For Infection
Former President Bill Clinton issued a message of gratitude Wednesday for the care he received while hospitalized at UCI Medical Center in Orange last week. … “I was so touched by the outpouring of support I received during my stay in the hospital,” Clinton said in a video posted to social media from his home in Chappaqua, N.Y. “Thanks so much. I’d also like to thank the doctors and nurses at UC Irvine Medical Center for the absolutely wonderful care they gave me over the last seven days.” Clinton also singled out Dr. Alpesh Amin, the executive director of the UCI School of Medicine’s Hospitalist Program. “Special thanks to Dr. Amin, who oversaw my care and kept my family informed along the way,” Clinton said.

Daily Pilot, Oct. 20, 2021
UCI center will dig into environmental justice issues in Orange County’s vulnerable communities
As climate change threatens to worsen environmental health disparities in vulnerable communities, UC Irvine has started a center dedicated to researching and advancing environmental justice issues. Public health professors Jun Wu and Alana LeBrón will lead the center. … “Our main goal is to establish an environmentally just society where Black and other disadvantaged communities will thrive with health equity,” Wu said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

NPR – Academic Minute, Oct. 21, 2021 (Audio)
Joel Milam, University of California, Irvine – Follow-Up Care for Young Adult Cancer Survivors
On University of California, Irvine Week:  Lifelong follow up care is critical for young cancer survivors. Joel Milam, professor of epidemiology, examines why.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 20, 2021
The Damaging Myth of the Natural Teacher
So how do you change the culture around teaching? That’s a question Diane O’Dowd has been wrestling with for over a decade. As vice provost for academic personnel at the University of California, Irvine, she has used her administrative position to make changes on several fronts, inspired by her own experiences as an instructor and researcher in neuroscience. … The chancellor tapped her for her current position, she says, to help elevate teaching across campus. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Click here: https://www.chronicle.com/,  while logged into the UCIFull VPN]

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