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BBC Science Focus, Oct. 21, 2020
Source of near-indestructible beetle’s toughness discovered
“The ironclad is a terrestrial beetle, so it’s not lightweight and fast but built more like a little tank,” said David Kisailus, professor of materials science & engineering at UCI and principal investigator on the study. “That’s its adaptation: It can’t fly away, so it just stays put and lets its specially designed armour take the abuse until the predator gives up.”

CALmatters, Oct. 20, 2020
Mutual aid: When neighbors look to each other for pandemic relief
“It’s wonderful that these movements are emerging,” said Rocio Rosales, a professor of sociology at UC Irvine who studies informal economies and mutual aid practices by Los Angeles’ immigrant communities. “But it’s really hard to sustain them in the long run if all the members that are helping each other out never rise out of poverty.”

Chicago Reader, Oct. 21, 2020
What happened to YOUmedia?
Before YOUmedia was an institution, it was an experiment. Founded in 2009 as a MacArthur Foundation-funded partnership between the Chicago Public Library and the Digital Youth Network (DYN), an educational project centered on media arts, YOUmedia was built on a simple premise: “HOMAGO.” It’s an acronym based on a theory by Mizuko Ito, a media technology professor at the University of California, Irvine, that youth learning spaces should allow kids to do three things: hang out, mess around, and geek out.

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 21, 2020
Remember all that choking California wildfire smoke? She turned it into art
Kim Abeles has been working as an artist since she first came to Southern California for graduate school at UC Irvine in 1978. Since then, her art has revolved around biography, geography, feminism — and the environment. Her work has been commissioned by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (in 1991, when she made Smog Collectors out of mufflers and catalytic converters) and the National Park Service (in 2018, when she made “Valises for Camp Ground with female inmate firefighters). [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, Oct. 22, 2020
Tension builds as high schools wait for state to decide if sports can return as scheduled
And while [Vicky] Lagos is optimistic that high school athletics will return, Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and an associate professor of public health at UC Irvine, isn’t so sure. He is concerned about a “second wave” of the coronavirus and the outbreaks with college teams. The University of Florida, for example, recently encountered an outbreak of the virus among its football players. “I’m just worried that we’ll see a repeat with high school kids,” Noymer said. “I’m not liking the numbers that I’m seeing.” [Access the Orange County Register here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

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