UCI News

Daily Pilot, Sept. 21, 2022
Stop, then go! — UC Irvine sets record for largest red light/green light game in Aldrich Park
They waited at the top of a grassy knoll. … Then over the loudspeaker came the cry: “Green light!” And just like that, a veritable horde of students surged toward the stage in search of he who would name them the victors of this game: Peter the Anteater. On Wednesday afternoon, 1,415 students at UC Irvine set the new Guinness world record for the largest game of red light/green light. … Students cheered, screaming the university’s official battle chant, “Zot! Zot! Zot!” when the announcement was made …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KCBS, Sept. 21, 2022 (Video)
UCI tests out futuristic smart grid technology at faculty homes
Some professors at UC Irvine, like John Smith, got to experience a part of the future after the university installed smart grid technology into their homes. … The UCI study wanted to test the performance of the electrical grid and reduce energy costs and emissions. … “We must have energy storage if we are to make a highly renewable future work,” said [Jack] Brouwer, [professor and director Advanced Power and Energy Program].

Healthline, Sept. 20, 2022
New Omicron Booster Side Effects Expected to Be Similar to Previous COVID-19 Shots
“The typical side effects following a vaccination can be expected,” agreed Dr. Jose Mayorga, executive director of  UCI Health Family Health Centers. “These include fatigue, sore arm, fever, and headache. The patients we have vaccinated in our clinic have had mild side effects that over-the-counter Tylenol or Motrin has relieved.” “The only side effect I got from this vaccination was peace of mind,” Mayorga told Healthline. “I feel safer against serious disease.”

Marketplace, Sept. 21, 2022 (Audio)
The Federal Reserve’s 12 districts reflect an economy that no longer exists
The reason the Fed’s district map looks so uneven goes back to 1913, the year the Federal Reserve System was created. “Everyone figured if you created one bank, it would get controlled by New York bankers,” said Gary Richardson, a professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine. Between 2012 and 2016, Richardson served as the Fed’s first historian.

Self, Sept. 21, 2022
‘Diet Culture’ Isn’t Just About Smoothies and Food-Tracking Apps
“There’s this idea that diet culture only affects people who choose to diet, but that’s not true,” Sabrina Strings, PhD, a sociology [associate] professor [and Chancellor’s Fellow] at the University of California, Irvine, who studies diet culture and fatphobia, tells SELF. “Diet culture is the culture we’re all steeped in; it’s the belief that we can control our bodies based on what and how much we eat, and it places a moral judgment on food and bodies.”

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