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Everyday Health, Oct. 25, 2022
New COVID-19 Subvariants Spark Concerns of Winter Outbreak
Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, director and founding dean of the program in public health at the University of California in Irvine, warns that the new subvariants — along with more group gatherings indoors as winter nears and low booster vaccination rates — could threaten to reverse this nationwide decline in infections and potentially increase the amount of hospitalizations and deaths. … “You may feel the symptoms of COVID-19 much faster after exposure. Going forward, the hope is that new variants will also be associated with less severe disease, but it’s not a guarantee,” says Dr. Boden-Albala.

Cosmopolitan, Oct. 26, 2022
Special Report: The Hellish New Trauma of Living Through Multiple Mass Tragedies at Once
Recent events have upended that binary, giving rise to a troubling hybrid form of trauma that researchers are just beginning to explore in full. There’s not even a clear name for the phenomenon yet. Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD, a leading researcher in this field and a Distinguished Professor of psychological science, medicine, and public health at the University of California Irvine, alternately describes it as cascading collective trauma or cumulative collective trauma. Essentially, it’s what happens when distinct mass tragedies overlap or occur in quick succession.

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 26, 2022
How Higher Ed Can Help Remedy K-12 Learning Losses
Richard Arum, a professor of sociology and education at the University of California, Irvine … proposed that colleges and universities partner with K-12 systems to help improve student performance and increase college access for economically disadvantaged students so that learning loss is the only barrier they have to overcome. Once they are in college, he said, institutions should utilize first-year programs to help them navigate both the academic and socio-emotional landscape of higher education.

WBUR, Oct. 25, 2022 (Audio)
Exploring Oaxacan culture after LA city councilmembers’ anti-Indigenous remarks
California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for Los Angeles City Council members Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo to resign, as city council president Nury Martinez did after an audio recording of a conversation among the three council members was leaked. On the recording, they made racist remarks about their constituents and colleagues, including comments about Oaxacans, Indigenous people from Southern Mexico who make up a large part of Los Angeles’s immigrant community. Here & Now‘s Deepa Fernandes speaks with … Brenda Nicolas, an assistant professor in the Department of Global and International Studies at the University of California, Irvine. [Starts at 5:24]

USA Today, Oct. 24, 2022
Fact check: Greenland still losing ice due to greenhouse gas emissions, experts say
Greenhouse gas emissions released by humans have been, and continue to be, the major driver of Greenland ice melt by causing global temperatures to increase, Eric Rignot, a senior research scientist at NASA and professor at the University of California Irvine, told USA TODAY.

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