UCI News

University Business, Sept. 29, 2020
UC Irvine tops ‘Cool Schools’ list for sustainability efforts
Few institutions have as many environmentally friendly things perking at the same time as UC Irvine or have been able to continue so many of them during the COVID-19 pandemic. For that, the Sierra Club and its Sierra magazine bestowed UC Irvine with its 2020 award for the coolest of Cool Schools in its annual review. It isn’t the first time Irvine has earned the award.

Business Insider, Sept. 30, 2020
The Apple Watch’s abnormal pulse readings are steering users to emergency rooms unnecessarily
We think an uptick in Watch-generated avoidable patient visits will likely deter more healthcare institutions from striking deals with Apple. It’s no secret that the tech giant has been using its Watch to push deeper into the healthcare arena: For one, it rolled out a blood oxygen measurement tool with its Series 6 Watch debut earlier this month, and is collaborating with UC Irvine and Anthem to test how blood oxygen measurement can help manage asthma.

TIME, Sept. 30, 2020
Trump repeatedly attacked mail-in voting during the debate. There’s no evidence behind his claim
Rick Hasen, a law professor at University of California, Irvine and an election law expert, wrote on Twitter that questioning the elections process will cause voters to question the system as a whole when issues inevitably arise. “Let’s admit this now: We are not going to have a perfect election in November. There will be reports of ballots sent to voters that end up in the trash or in a ditch,” he wrote. “This doesn’t mean we won’t have a fair election overall, and we should not allow cynical political operatives to parlay small-bore errors into a full-scale attack on the integrity of the November vote.”

Express, Sept. 30, 2020
‘Could be living inside one’ Bombshell black hole theory after Big Bang link uncovered
Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California Irvine, James Bullock, detailed why he thought the idea was feasible. … “There is a theory, that as matter is crushed into the centre of a black hole it actually reaches a point where it can be crushed no further. An event like this could, in fact, lead to a Big Bang. This is, in fact, one idea on how a universe like ours is formed – that we all live inside a black hole. Within our galaxy alone there are tens of millions of black holes and inside each one could be a universe waiting to be born – that’s incredible.”

Wired, Sept. 30, 2020
In an odd twist, cleaner air in China may mean a warmer Earth
In a new study published this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters, a team of researchers from China and the United States analyzed emissions data between 2006 and 2017 during China’s big air cleanup. … The results show that the emissions reductions will allow more energy to reach the Earth, resulting in a total warming of about 0.1 degrees Celsius, and not just where the pollution reductions occurred in China. … “It’s one of these tradeoffs that people have known about before, but we put some numbers on it,” says Steven J. Davis, a professor of earth system sciences at UC Irvine and a coauthor on the new report.

Spectrum News 1, Sept. 29, 2020
OC Remains in red tier, but COVID-19 numbers are dropping
Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett raised concerns Tuesday with Chau about UC Irvine students returning to campus because many are coming from out of the country and out of state. But Chau Dr. Clayton Chau, [the director of the Health Care Agency and the county’s chief health officer]  reassured her that the university has a regular and strict testing protocol in place. UC Irvine is bringing back 7,500 of its 30,000 students to campus. “It looks like UCI is one of the strictest UC campus, which is good for us,” Chau said. “They have a great testing protocol and contact tracing system and what have you.”

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