UCI News

Barron’s (AFP), Oct. 23, 2022
Xi Cements Control Over China, But Huge Challenges Await In Third Term
Xi Jinping has secured near total control over China’s Communist Party but experts warn his unchecked power is a huge risk, with a debt-ridden economy and a US rivalry also presenting major challenges. … Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a [Chancellor’s Professor and] leading scholar of modern Chinese history at the University of California, Irvine, said Xi’s unassailable position at the top of the party raised concerns about the “willingness of people to talk about things that diverge from the official line”.

Mashable, Oct. 22, 2022
Billions of crabs vanished, and scientists have a good clue why
The Bering Sea, where crabs have historically flourished, is experiencing momentous upheaval. “The Bering Sea is changing dramatically right now,” Matthew Bracken, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Irvine who researches marine ecosystems and their communities, told Mashable. The northeast Pacific Ocean experienced a potent marine heat wave — a prolonged period of unusually warm ocean temperatures — in 2019. … “Whenever you have warming water temperature, that provides a venue for disease to come into the system,” Bracken explained. “More pathogens can survive.”

Eat This, Not That!, Oct. 22, 2022
New COVID Variants are Raising Concern in These States
David Souleles, MPH, Director of the COVID-19 Response Team at the University of California, Irvine tells us, “Viruses mutate as part of their evolution to stay alive and those mutations can occur when the COVID-19 virus is transmitted from person to person. So, as long as the virus that causes COVID-19 is able to spread from person to person, we run the risk of new variants emerging that may be more transmissible, less susceptible to current vaccines, and more harmful.  That is why the new bivalent booster was developed, to target the omicron variant strains better than the original vaccine.”

The Sacramento Bee, Oct. 25, 2022
For some California Latinos, the abortion debate was not a ‘real conversation’ — until now
Belinda Campos, a professor in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine, said among Latinos, specifically Mexican-Americans, there’s a cultural preference to not discuss topics that create conflict. The approach puts an emphasis on expressing emotional positivity and steers away from engaging in conversations that may not be worthwhile. Campos called it a preference for simpatía, or sympathy. “Culturally ideal ways of managing emotion involve putting more emphasis on the positive things and less of an emphasis on the negative things,” Campos said. “That’s not good. It’s not bad. It just is.”

Healthline, Oct. 21, 2022
Inflammatory Bowel Disease: This Common Herbicide May Raise Your Risk
Dele Ogunseitan, PhD, MPH, [University of California Presidential Chair, UCI professor, population health and disease prevention], was not involved with the study but isn’t shocked by the results. “Scientists are beginning to understand the wide range of environmental triggers, and it is not surprising that exposures to [herbicides], which are made to be toxic to living things, are among the most common risk factors in terms of exposures,” Ogunseitan says. But he cautions that the study is one piece to the puzzle and more research will be challenging to pull off but is necessary.

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