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CBS Los Angeles, Oct. 6, 2020 (Video)
Local epidemiologist says California COVID-19 cases have ‘potential to be worse’ in fall, winter
“The fall and winter have the potential to be worse than the summer,” said Andrew Noymer, UC Irvine Associate Professor of Public Health. “Respiratory spread viruses are all winter dominant seasonal diseases, so I fully expect COVID-19 to be no different.” … “We have experience with flu from past winters and we also have the flu vaccine,” he said. “But there’s no vaccine for coronavirus yet, and until there’s a vaccine, we should expect more waves.”

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 7, 2020
Serious COVID-19 outbreaks hit California colleges despite intense preparation
California has fared better than other states where university officials chose to reopen … At UC Irvine, the 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students allowed to live on campus arrived in staggered waves last week in an attempt to minimize interactions. Their numbers are down 40% from a typical year. School officials plan to test the on-campus students weekly for the virus, as well as anyone who visits campus. Interim Provost Hal Stern said the school was prepared to switch entirely to remote instruction if cases flared up. A team of 10 contact tracers has been deployed to track those at risk as soon as someone tests positive. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Bloomberg, Oct. 7, 2020
Trio of women lawyers push for change to India’s creaking courts
“India has, even by the most optimistic data source, only about 10% of female lawyers despite having one of the largest legal professions in the world,” said Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen, Assistant Professor of Law at University of California, Irvine and co-director of the UCI Law Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession. “Having more women in positions of power like being officers in court, and creating those conditions by whatever means necessary including thoughtful reservations, is the only way we can implement sustainable long term diversity.”

Psychology Today, Oct. 6, 2020
The real Bourne identity: The psychology of Ansel Bourne
We wake up every morning as a slightly different entity, and yet memory holds us together. It’s the glue that maintains us as a single, consistent person. As James McGaugh, memory expert and professor of neurobiology at UC Irvine describes, “Memory is our most important ability. Without memory, there would be no human beings.”

Pocket-lint, Oct. 7, 2020
Future batteries, coming soon: Charge in seconds, last months and power over the air
Great minds over at the University of California, Irvine have cracked nanowire batteries that can withstand plenty of recharging. The result could be future batteries that don’t die. Nanowires, a thousand times thinner than a human hair, pose a great possibility for future batteries. But they’ve always broken down when recharging. This discovery uses gold nanowires in a gel electrolyte to avoid that. In fact, these batteries were tested recharging over 200,000 times in three months and showed no degradation at all.

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