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Los Angeles Times, Sept. 28, 2021 (Op-Ed)
Op-Ed: Southern California’s beaches are running out of sand
Brett Sanders, is a UCI professor of civil and environmental engineering, urban planning and public policy. He leads the UCI Flood Lab and the Metropolitan Beaches Project and writes, “Southern California’s sandy beaches are under duress and need our help. … So far this isn’t primarily about climate change or rising sea levels. It’s about how local development and land use have altered natural processes that would have otherwise replenished the beaches. Sand on beaches is a lot like money in a bank account. It flows in and out, and the balance needs to stay in positive territory to avoid a calamity of problems.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

AIGA, Sept. 27, 2021
The New Era of Money is Slick, Intuitive, and Totally Intangible
“Design does a lot of work for trust,” says Professor [and Dean] Bill Maurer, a cultural anthropologist and sociolegal scholar at UC Irvine whose research interests include the development and consumer experience of fintech products. … “There’s a reason why classic bank architecture is all in the classical style, like Greek columns and all that nonsense.” These symbols of “security and stability” — columns, vaults, marble — “helped people feel comfortable giving their money over to this institution and going to that institution for other financial needs.” Maurer says that the same kind of care and seriousness needs to be put into the design of bank and financial services apps and products.

Daily Beast, Sept. 28, 2021
Mocking Unvaxxed COVID Victims Is the New Pandemic Blood Sport
“Shock persuasion” about the dangers of COVID isn’t very effective, noted an article in Scientific American co-written by Peter Ditto, UC Irvine [professor of psychological science]. In an email, Ditto told The Daily Beast sites devoted to effectively cataloguing dead anti-vaxxers are “using a strategy that is deeply intuitive, but of questionable effectiveness.” Among other things, he and his colleagues point to “empathy gaps” psychologists have identified over the years when people attempt to persuade others to make good health decisions.

VeryWellFit, Sept. 25, 2021
Gassy on a Plant-Based Diet? Study Suggests That May Be a Good Sign
However, most people in the U.S. only average about 15 grams [of fiber] per day, with consumption steadily decreasing over the last century, according to Katrine Whiteson, PhD, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of California Irvine. “Lack of fiber intake in the industrialized world is starving our gut microbes, with important health consequences,” she says.

Orange County Register, Sept. 27, 2021 (Contributing writer)
Senior Living: Adaptive exercises can help older adults increase independence
Dr. Jason Koh, UCI assistant clinical professor of medicine writes, “Just some simple adaptive exercises and/or regular physical activity can have you leading longer, healthier and more independent lives. … Regular physical activity in older adults is critical in the prevention of disease, maintaining independence and overall improvement in quality of life … Remember that getting active is not just about adding years to your life, but also about adding life to your years – and it’s never too late to start!” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

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