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The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 25, 2021
New York City Inches Toward Covid-19 Becoming Endemic
“New York and New Jersey are going to be in the U.S. where I would look first for the transition to endemicity,” or the point when the virus is still circulating in the background but the disease is more manageable, said Andrew Noymer, [public health associate professor and], infectious-disease epidemiologist … at the University of California, Irvine. “It’s also, quite frankly, the canary in the coal mine, conversely, if there is a significant winter wave.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Popular Science, Oct. 24, 2021
Heavy rains in drought-stricken states could be dangerous
Amir AghaKouchak, UCI professor of civil & environmental engineering and Earth system science writes, “I study cascading hazards like this, in which consecutive events lead to human disasters. Studies show climate change is raising the risk of multiple compound disasters, and it’s clear that communities and government agencies aren’t prepared. … With compound and cascading events likely to become more common in a warming world, being able to prepare for and manage multiple hazards will be increasingly essential.”

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 22, 2021
A remarkable shift in attitudes leaves U.S. even more divided on race
The U.S. is in the midst of a remarkable shift in racial attitudes, one that has made the country as a whole significantly more aware of the impact of racism and open to dealing with it, but which has also greatly widened the gulf between the parties on racial issues, the study [by Michael Tesler, UCI professor of political science and others] shows. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Spectrum News 1, Oct. 23, 2021
UCI researchers hope plant extract can help fight opioid crisis
A recent University of California, Irvine study represents an early look at a new use for an old herbal remedy. The study experiments with the plant extract Corydalis yanhusuo, which has been shown to reduce the addictive properties of morphine in mice. The study is partly shepherded by Olivier Civelli, who holds a doctorate in biochemistry and is a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the UCI School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Quartz, Oct. 21, 2021
Why is Walgreens really closing stores in San Francisco?
“There’s a perception that Prop 47 is responsible for these thefts,” says Charis Kubrin, a professor of criminology, law, and society at the University of California, Irvine. “There are so many other concurrent things happening along with Prop 47. We have a pandemic, we have a recession and rising poverty and inequality and unemployment. We have mobility, people moving in and out of San Francisco that impacts traffic, and people shopping at Walgreens.”

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