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Orange County Register, Oct. 6, 2021
UC Irvine graduate shares Nobel Prize in chemistry
David MacMillan, who earned his doctorate from the University of California, Irvine, is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, an honor he is sharing with Benjamin List, who is a former student and assistant professor at Scripps Research in La Jolla, it was announced Wednesday. MacMillan and List were awarded the Nobel Prize for their development of a precise new tool for molecular construction called organocatalysis, according to a release on NobelPrize.org. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

The Weather Channel, Oct. 5, 2021 (Video)
Crews race to contain California oil spill
Kristen Davis, UCI associate professor civil & environmental engineering and principal investigator, Coastal Dynamics Lab said, “The spill has a local effect, while that is a visible effect that we will be dealing with it for years, as far as wildlife and the cleanup, I also think it is important to realize that the effect of fossil fuels is much broader than the spill that we are seeing here today. And that we have a big challenge ahead of us as we go into the COP26 international climate talks in Glasgow next month. I hope that this spill is a wakeup call to get serious about getting off of fossil fuels.”

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 7, 2021
Oil spill puts spotlight on the magic and fragility of California’s coast
“The coastline there [in Laguna Beach] is just teeming with life,” said Matthew Bracken, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Irvine. “There are things you just don’t find in other places. There aren’t many places where I go out on the shoreline and I’m reasonably likely to find an octopus or I can see sea hares in the tide pools.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

University Business, Oct. 5, 2021
Virtual classrooms protect concerned faculty during COVID, and beyond
An example of an active learning initiative is the Anteater Learning Pavilion at University of California Irvine. Described as “wired for 21st Century education”, the 65,000-square-foot facility features 15 smart classrooms, labs, and auditoriums. The Anteater Pavillion was established as a replacement to traditional computer labs, where students work at individual terminals, preventing them from easily forming groups to collaborate. In contrast, the pavillion features flexible classroom layouts that can be easily reconfigured to the instructor or students’ liking to foster group work.

Healthline, Oct. 5, 2021
Yes, You’re Fully Vaccinated Even if You Haven’t Had a Booster Shot
“To date, to be considered fully vaccinated requires two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or alternatively one dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. At this time, the booster shots are not required for individuals to be classified fully vaccinated,” says Phil Felgner, PhD, the director of the Vaccine Research and Development Center at the University of California in Irvine.

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