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Reuters, Sept. 13, 2022
As California sizzles, Amazon drivers feel the heat over metrics
And while the sweltering conditions have been taking a toll on delivery drivers for other companies as well, Amazon workers face particular pressures, said Michael Méndez, [assistant] professor at the University of California, Irvine who researches climate change and labor issues. “We’re seeing this surge in package deliveries and expansion of Amazon is colliding with the surge in climate-induced heatwaves, leading to unsafe labor conditions,” he said. “They’re under so much pressure to make metrics – workers are even too afraid to take breaks,” he added.

MarketWatch, Sept. 14, 2022
Help wanted: No over-50s need apply
Economics professors Ian Burn (University of Liverpool in England) and Daniel Ladd, [Ph.D. candidate] Daniel Firoozi [Ph.D. candidate] and [Distinguished Professor] David Neumark (all UC Irvine) conducted a clever experiment where they placed hundreds of fake job postings in cities all across America for some basic, low-skill jobs …. In half of the ads they used careful, neutral language. In the other half they used coded words and phrases designed to let older people know that they needn’t bother applying. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Academic Minute, Sept. 14, 2022 (Audio)
Dylan Roby, University of California, Irvine – The Association Between COVID-19 Mortality and the County-Level Partisan Divide in the United States
Do COVID death rates also fall along party lines? In today’s Academic Minute, Dylan H. Roby of the University of California, Irvine, says that where people live, not their affiliation, may indicate higher death rates. Roby is an associate professor of health, society and behavior at UC Irvine.

HCPLive, Sept. 12, 2022 (Video)
Sara Mednick, PhD: Sleep is the Best Way to Get Smart
Sara Mednick, PhD, is a professor of cognitive science in the School of Social Sciences at University of California, Irvine (UCI) where she runs the Sleep and Cognition Lab. In the 7-bedroom sleep lab, Mednick and her team study mechanisms of the brain that vary during sleep to further understand how cognition, health and longevity is supported by this state. “I started getting into this research by just this idea of, can we get smarter?” she explained. “And then I got excited by the idea of, actually, sleep is probably the best way to get smart.”

Spectrum News 1, Sept. 13, 2022
Expert: It’s time to consider a new COVID-19 booster
“My recommendation is to get boosted again, but it’s a walk, not run, situation,” said Andrew Noymer, an [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention at the University of California, Irvine. … While Noymer recommends that everyone consider a booster, people over 65 years old and patients with respiratory illnesses or other pre-existing conditions remain at the highest risk.

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