UCI News

Slate, Oct. 26, 2021 (Audio)
How To Beat the Dreaded Midday Slump
On this episode of How To!, we bring on Sara Mednick, [Ph.D, UCI professor of cognitive science and] author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life and the forthcoming book The Hidden Power of the Downstate. Sara draws on years of research at her sleep lab to advise … all of us, how to stay energized during a long day (Hint: It might not involve napping at all).

Voice of OC, Oct. 27, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: Haynes: A Tale of Two Counties: Anti-Black Hate Crimes in Orange County
Douglas M. Haynes, vice chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UCI, where he leads the UCI Black Thriving Initiative writes, “The solution to anti-Black racism is fundamentally about the culture of Orange County. Do Black people form an intrinsic part of the county’s present and future? This is a question that all elected officials, business leaders and residents alike must answer. We must collectively commit to build a culture where Black people thrive. This will involve seeing oneself in relationship to Black people as full members of the community.”

USA Today, Oct. 27, 2021
Fact check: Claim linking widespread fingerprint use to nearly identical inmates misses mark
In October 1904, two officials started fingerprinting all inmates at Leavenworth after seeing the demonstration of fingerprints at a 1904 exposition in St. Louis, according to research by Simon Cole, a professor of criminology at the University of California, Irvine. He said the case didn’t become well known until 1918. “I think the claim that Leavenworth officials noticed the West’s fingerprints in 1904 was actually a myth concocted after the fact in 1918,” said Cole, who published a book about the history of fingerprints in criminal identification.

Grist, Oct. 27, 2021
California is banking on forests to reduce emissions. What happens when they go up in smoke?
Another analysis from scientists at the University of California, Irvine, found that in a scenario in which the world took only moderate action to curb global warming — essentially, the planet’s current warming pathway — changes in temperature and precipitation could drive ecosystems along the Northern California coast and in the southern Cascades region to lose 6.5 percent of their above-ground carbon. That area happens to be home to 32 California forest carbon projects.

The Orange County Register, Oct. 24, 2021
The ‘original’ COVID-19 is essentially gone
So, what happened to the “original” virus? … “It has been displaced. Elbowed out of the way by the newer, more competitive strains,” said Andrew Noymer, [public health associate professor and], infectious-disease epidemiologist … at UC Irvine who studies infectious diseases. … “What’s worrying me about the upcoming winter wave is not so much the variants — it’s that we need more people vaccinated,” said UCI’s Noymer. “Seventy-five percent is not good enough to protect some age groups.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

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