UCI News

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 2, 2022
100 in the truck, 120 on the roof: How workers are coping with California’s heat wave
For workers in marginalized groups, the effects of intense heat waves are magnified by preexisting disparities in health and environmental safety, said Michael Méndez, an assistant professor studying environmental policy and justice in UC Irvine’s department of urban planning and public policy. “You add another layer, an extreme weather event, and they experience a triple burden of impact,” he said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Knowable Magazine, Aug. 26, 2022
A treasure hunt for microbes in Chile’s Atacama desert
In 2020, a group of scientists from the United States described in PNAS  a bacterium living within gypsum rocks that secreted a substance to dissolve the minerals around it, releasing individual water molecules sequestered inside the rock. “They’re almost like miners … digging for water,” says [Professor] David Kisailus, a chemical and environmental engineer at the University of California, Irvine, and one of the study’s authors. “They can actually search out and find the water and extract the water from these rocks.”  Examples like these are just a taste of what Atacama’s microbes might teach us about survival at extremes, Kisailus says.

KPCC – Air Talk, Sept. 1, 2022 (Audio)
COVID-19 AMA: US Approves Updated COVID Boosters That Target Newer Subvariants
Our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19. Today, we speak with Dr. Shruti Gohil, [assistant] professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine.

CNET, Aug. 31, 2022
How We Might Get Better Sleep, According to Our Ancestors
“It wasn’t pathologized or weird, it was just what you did,” said Sara Mednick, a professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California, Irvine. She’s the author of The Power of the Downstate: Recharge Your Life Using Your Body’s Own Restorative Systems. “This idea that we should be sleeping in one solid dose is a pretty new phenomenon,” she added.

Orange Coast Magazine, Aug. 31, 2022
Read Our Editor’s Note On The September 2022 Be Your Own Boss Issue
In  the summer of 2020, we talked to UC Irvine philosophy professor Aaron James about unexpected opportunities that might come from the pandemic. “Experiments with telecommuting and flextime were forced on businesses, and it’s working well for a lot of them,” he said then. “Work is being done well without compromising a lot of other values. … The pandemic is helping to refresh our idea of what contributes to society.”

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