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Orange County Business Journal, Sept. 20, 2021
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It’s been an eventful time for medical-focused professors at UC Irvine—see our profiles on Philip Felgner, [professor of physiology and biophysics and director of the UCI Vaccine Research & Development Center], and Kenneth Chang, [director-H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center], making up part of this week’s Innovators of the Year focus …. UCI recently announced a new $30 million gift, for a new medical research facility on its campus. … The funds come from the Falling Leaves Foundation, established by Prof. Robert A. Mah and Dr. Adeline Yen Mah …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 22, 2021
FASB Wants More Disclosure on Companies’ Supply-Chain Finance Programs
Ben Lourie, an associate professor at University of California, Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, said some drawbacks of the proposal include asking companies to state the entire size of their supply-chain finance program and not what is actually taken up by suppliers, and requesting annual disclosures instead of quarterly ones ….  because he believes it will be difficult for investors to understand what is happening if they receive the information once a year. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Business Insider, Sept. 22, 2021
FDA authorizes boosters of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for older adults and others at high risk from COVID-19
The booster rollout shouldn’t distract from effort to get more unvaccinated people to get their initial shots, said Bernadette Boden-Albala, director [and founding dean] of the University of California, Irvine’s public-health program. “If you’re not vaccinated, get vaccinated,” Boden-Albala said. “If you are vaccinated, be vigilant. And if you’re vaccinated and eligible for the booster, get it.”

New York Post, Sept. 22, 2021
Solar ‘superstorm’ could prompt ‘internet apocalypse,’ global outages
University of California Irvine [computer science] assistant professor Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi presented the new research last month during the Association for Computing Machinery’s annual conference for their Special Interest Group on Data Communication (SIGCOMM). In the report, Jyothi warned that an unmitigated solar “superstorm” could “cause large-scale Internet outages covering the entire globe and lasting several months” — pointing to inadequacies in submarine cables, a major component of internet infrastructure.

The Orange County Register, Sept. 21, 2021
Beach-bluff homes, lot cracking near damaged train track in San Clemente
Without regular sand replenishment to provide a buffer to hold the ocean back, damage to homes and infrastructure will become a more common occurrence, said Brett Sanders, professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine. “Once the beaches are gone, we are quickly seeing damaging impacts to infrastructure. As soon as the beaches are gone, we lose railroad service, we see displacement of land, concrete gets cracked,” Sanders said. “Our beaches are incredibly important for providing protection for infrastructure and natural resources.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

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