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NPR – All Things Considered, Oct. 3, 2022 (Audio)
What cities can do better to protect themselves from hurricanes and other floods
As if Hurricane Ian didn’t cause enough damage, hurricanes are only growing stronger and more frequent due to climate change – same with other mass flooding events. So how can communities better protect themselves from rising waters? Well, to help us answer that question, I talked earlier with Brett Sanders. He’s a professor of civil engineering at the University of California, Irvine, and he specializes in urban flooding. And I started by asking him, are we seeing storm damage more often now? And if so, why?

Orange County Business Journal, Oct. 3, 2022
Digital Efforts Have MBA Programs Back in Growth Mode
The University of California, Irvine whose Paul Merage School of Business is the largest in Orange County, has also noticed demand for its online courses. “We shifted everything remote for the short term, but in the past year we have retooled our programs to have dual-teaching capabilities” with both remote and in-person classes, according to Burt Slusher, assistant dean of MBA and Specialty Masters Programs. “Flexibility is the key now, and people want to have an education where it meets their needs.” … UCI’s MBA program ranked No. 43 among all U.S. business schools in a 2021-2022 report by Fortune Education. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Guardian, Sept. 30, 2022 (Letters)
Opinion: Iranian protesters are part of a worldwide fight for women’s rights
Roxanne Varzi, UCI professor of anthropology writes, “The fight for women’s rights in Iran is a global fight …. It is important for us not to view Iran as an isolated entity, and to know that it is interacting with and reacting to political movements around the world, such as the US women who are fighting for their reproductive rights. These women’s movements embolden Iranian women and give them hope, just as their fight should energise ours. To support women’s movements around the world, we must protect the rights of women in our own neighbourhood. It is the only way to send a strong message of support for women.”

Prevention, Sept. 30, 2022
The New Middle Age: What Is Middle Age and Does It Really Mean What We Think?
Middle age is better thought of as a social term rather than a medical one according to Sonia Sehgal, M.D., F.A.C.P., geriatrician, UCI Health and clinical professor … UCI School of Medicine, since it’s mostly used to describe the transitional period between young adulthood and old age. “It is a time of reflection for many people as they think back on their life lived so far and then plan for the years ahead,” she adds.

Good Housekeeping, Oct. 2, 2022
What Is Biphasic Sleep and Is It Healthy for Humans?
In fact, humans are the only mammals who routinely sleep only at night, says Sara Mednick, Ph.D., professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine, and author of The Hidden Power of the Downstate: The New Science to Ignite Energy, Enhance Sharpness, and Reclaim Balance. “All other animals tend to nap during the day and then get up in the middle of the night,” she says. “The idea that we should be sleeping only during the night and not during the day is more modern, and maybe not as natural to our actual circadian rhythm,” she adds.

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