UCI News

The New York Times, Sept. 29, 2022
Ian strains emergency services in Southwest Florida.
Before hurricanes and other major disasters, emergency response crews will typically station assets and resources in places where damage is most likely to occur, said Randall Styner, the director of emergency management at the University of California, Irvine. “Once the situation becomes safe, responders will be deployed to the highest priority locations to begin their response,” Mr. Styner said in an email. “The response will typically be prioritized based on life safety, protection of critical infrastructure and protection of property, in that order.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

ABC News, Sept. 28, 2022 (Video)
Prosecuting pregnancy loss: Why advocates fear a post-Roe surge of charges
“There are prosecutors who’ve told me that they see by their criminal intervention in those pregnancies, from their point of view, they are saving babies,” said Michele Goodwin, a law [Chancellor’s] Professor at the University of California, Irvine and author of “Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood.” “Sadly, the canaries in the coal mine have basically been Black and brown women who’ve suffered,” Goodwin said.

Prevention, Sept. 28, 2022
Doctors Explain Multiple Sclerosis, the Autoimmune Disease That Affects Patients From Head to Toe
For most people, MS is a relapsing-remitting disease. Symptoms typically flare once or twice a year and linger for weeks or months before easing back up, says Michael Sy, M.D., Ph.D., a neurologist with UCI Health [and associate professor with the UCI School of Medicine] …. But the symptoms don’t always disappear completely, and repeated attacks can cause nerve fibers to develop lifelong damage or scars, called MS plaques. And once those plaques form, a person may experience permanent disabilities.

NPR, Sept. 28, 2022 (Audio)
Rolling the dice on race in Dungeons & Dragons
This is Aaron Trammell. Aaron’s an assistant professor [of informatics] at UC Irvine, and he edits a scholarly journal about, quote, “analog games” like D&D. He’s spent years studying the interplay between tabletop games and race. Aaron links the war gamer’s idea of historical accuracy to this adherence to all-white histories. … “They value things that are what they see as authentic. This becomes one of the big excuses of the fantasy war gaming community to not add more inclusive rules,” [said Trammel].

The Atlantic, Sept. 28, 2022
Something Strange Happens When You Tear These Creatures Apart
Just a hop, skip, and a jump over from us on the tree of life are the choanoflagellates—little marine and freshwater creatures roughly the size of yeast. … When in colonies, they are individuals made up of individuals; when they fragment, they turn one into many. Choanoflagellates’ definition of self “can exist at multiple stacking levels, like Russian dolls,” says María Rebolleda-Gómez, [assistant professor of ecology & evolutionary biology] at UC Irvine.

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