UCI News

The New York Times, Oct. 6, 2021
Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to Scientists for Tool That Builds Better Catalysts
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded on Wednesday to Benjamin List and David W.C. MacMillan for their development of a new tool to build molecules, work that has spurred advances in pharmaceutical research and lessened the impact of chemistry on the environment. … Dr. MacMillan is a Scottish chemist and a professor at Princeton University, where he also headed the department of chemistry from 2010 to 2015. He earned his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, in 1996 before accepting a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. His research has focused on innovative concepts in synthetic organic chemistry. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

The Weather Channel, Oct. 4, 2021 (Video)
Massive oil spill threating coastal areas
Joleah Lamb, Ph.D., UCI assistant professor of ecology & evolutionary biology, said “When I see this disaster, I see what’s on the surface and I see what’s effecting our birds and our mammals and our fishes. But I also know there’s going to be a long term impact that is happening right before our eyes and we just don’t know how long that will be and don’t know what [effect] it will have on our ecosystems.”

KCRW, Oct. 5, 2021 (Audio)
Twindemic is more likely this year. Get flu shot in one arm and COVID vax in the other, recommends doctor
UCI Health Family Health Centers [director and] physician Dr. José Mayorga talks about why it’s important to get a flu shot this fall. … “Kids are the ones that tend to be the spreaders of many viruses, including colds and the flu. So I definitely am going to encourage my patients, and even my own children, to get the vaccine. … I really want people to get this vaccine against the flu. … If you show up to my office, and you’re feeling like you have the flu, I [would] love to know that you have the vaccine because it helps me from a medical decision standpoint.”

Orange County Register, Oct. 5, 2021
UC Irvine researchers hope that teaching computing language to kids will help level the playing field
What if there could be a way to teach kids to use technology while gaining language skills at the same time? That’s the question researchers at UC Irvine are trying to answer. Professor [of education] Mark Warschauer and his team at the university are hoping to level the playing field to ensure that all students – rich or poor, native English speakers or not – have the same access to learning to communicate with computers. … The team of researchers developed a program called “Elementary Computing for All,” which integrates computer science into literacy instruction. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

NPR, Oct. 6, 2021
Facebook’s own data is not as conclusive as you think about teens and mental health
That reliance on self-reporting — the teens’ own opinions — as a single indicator of harm is a problem, says Candice Odgers, a [psychological science professor] who studies adolescence at University of California, Irvine and Duke University. That’s because teenagers are already primed by media coverage, and the disapproval of adults, to believe that social media is bad for them. … “If you ask teens if they are addicted/harmed by social media or their phones, the vast majority say yes,” she tells NPR. “But if you actually do the research and connect their use to objective measures … there is very little to no connection.”

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