UCI News

Sierra Magazine, Sept. 9, 2021
The Top 20 Coolest Schools 2021
2. University of California, Irvine
The Anteaters are in their own category in that they’ve ranked among Sierra‘s top 10 Cool Schools for 12 years in a row. And for good reason: UCI offers more than 150 sustainability-related programs and initiatives, 21 buildings are LEED Platinum, and the campus Pump2Plug program has been so successful that this summer, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh visited UCI to learn more about how to implement sustainable vehicle infrastructure. (Since the program’s launch in 2016, more than 350 participants have switched to electric vehicles and the campus boasts almost 200 EV charging stations.)

KABC-7, Sept. 8, 2021
UC Irvine team aims to pioneer battery improvements to power our electric future
To lower the price and produce models as affordable as a combustion engine, research teams around the world are racing to improve EV batteries. One team that believes it’s made a giant leap forward with new cathode chemistry is led by Dr. Huolin Xin, an [associate] professor [of physics and astronomy] at University of California Irvine, who says, “This material cycles so well. It cycles thousands of cycles without losing charge.”

Healthline, Sept. 8, 2021
Why Risk of a Flu, COVID-19 ‘Twindemic’ Is Higher This Year
“Because many of us were wearing masks, practicing good hand hygiene, and social distancing, the flu season was mild last year,” said Karen L. Edwards, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, Irvine. Basically, the steps that help prevent the spread of COVID-19 can also help prevent the spread of other respiratory illnesses like the flu, she explained.

Parentology, Sept. 8, 2021
KIDS ARE MORE DEPRESSED THAN EVER. IS SOCIAL MEDIA TO BLAME?
[Michaeline] Jensen’s colleague, [psychological science professor] Candice Odgers of the University of California at Irvine, suggests that we should stop arguing back and forth about whether social media is to blame. Instead, she says, we should be looking at how we can help our troubled teens. “It may be time for adults to stop arguing over whether smartphones and social media are good or bad for teens’ mental health,” says Odgers in UCI News, “and start figuring out ways to best support them in both their offline and online lives.”

Voice of OC, Sept. 9, 2021
Voice of OC Public Town Hall: Put Your COVID-19 Questions Direct to Public Health Experts
The upcoming public town hall will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9 on our Facebook page or on our website. … Voice of OC Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Norberto Santana, Jr. and Reporter Spencer Custodio will host the discussion. Guests include:

Previously “In the News”