UCI News

The New York Times, Sept. 7, 2022
How to Save a Forest by Burning It
“Fire has made us civilized, but we still don’t understand it fully,” said Tirtha Banerjee, [UCI engineering assistant professor] …. “Scientists have been “just completely caught off guard about how fast things are changing,” said James T. Randerson, [UCI Chancellor’s Professor, Earth system science]. … Banerjee and his team of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers flew their drone repeatedly over the area, mapping it ….. By comparing images from before, during and after the burn, Banerjee’s team could pinpoint exactly how the fire had transformed the forest floor. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

The Open Mind, Sept. 5, 2022 (Video)
What China Wants
UC Irvine [Chancellor’s Professor], historian and author of Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink Jeff Wasserstrom discusses U.S.-China relations.

CNN, Sept. 8, 2022
For Jackson and Flint, the water may be back but the trust is gone
Maura Allaire, an assistant professor of Water Economics and Policy at the University of California, Irvine, said the new federal money was much needed but would not be able to cover the full investment gap. And more people are at risk than the residents of Flint and Jackson, she said. “The good news is that the vast majority of water systems do deliver safe drinking water, so the majority of the US population does receive reliable water supply,” she said. “The problem is about 7% or 8% of water utilities each and every year fall behind and do not meet national EPA standards ….”

Everyday Health, Sept. 7, 2022
Talking Grief: ‘We Need to Allow More Space to Feel Our Emotions’
Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD, Distinguished Professor of psychological science, medicine, and public health at the University of California, Irvine, says an individual loss is different from a collective loss. “I don’t think sharing a death is better or worse,” adds Silver, who has studied the acute and long-term reactions to personal traumas, as well as the impact of larger community disasters, such as terrorist attacks, for more than 30 years.

Healthing, Sept. 7, 2022
Are all mental illnesses related to circadian rhythm disruption?
“Circadian rhythms play a fundamental role in all biological systems at all scales, from molecules to populations,” said Pierre Baldi, senior author of the study and University of California, Irvine (UCI) Distinguished Professor of computer science. “Our analysis found that circadian rhythm disruption is a factor that broadly overlaps the entire spectrum of mental health disorders.”

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