Nov. 18 - Homebuying help for employees; predicting Sierra Nevada wildfires
Anteater Time Machine: In April 1984, this large Anteater float was created for Celebrate UCI.
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Wildfires have scorched parts of the Sierra Nevada, such as this spot south of Yosemite National Park, and UCI scientists expect the situation to get worse. Photo by Brian Bell/UCI
Sierra Nevada wildfires likely to grow in frequency, UCI study says
By the 2040s, as climate change raises summer temperatures across the mountain range, the number of wildfires in the Sierra is projected to increase by about 50 percent, according to a new UCI study. The research was picked up by The New York Times and other media.
Homebuying help for employees
UCI has partnered with Landed, a company that covers part of an employee’s down payment on a house in exchange for a cut of the profits when the property is eventually sold. Landed has worked with health and education employees around the nation.
UCI Police Department launches annual toy drive
The department is requesting donations of new, unwrapped toys for children ages 0 to 14. Because of COVID-19, only items packaged by the manufacturer can be accepted. The gifts will go to infants, toddlers and youths receiving care at UCI Health and other Orange County children’s organizations. Items should be dropped off by Dec. 20.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
8 COVID precautions you can drop this holiday season
“It’s time for a reset on our COVID-19 worry-meter,” says the Los Angeles Times. Although the pandemic isn’t over, and it’s still important to follow CDC guidelines, health experts say some previously verboten activities are no longer deemed unsafe. The list includes handshakes, sharing food and swimming.
When does the pandemic end?
An array of experts, including some of the most cautious, say the time for most of life to return to normal is...now. In some cities, the hospitalization rate for COVID-19 is half that of the flu, according to The New York Times, which adds, “The virus now presents the sort of risk to most vaccinated people that we unthinkingly accept in other parts of life. And there is not going to be a day when we wake up to headlines proclaiming that Covid is defeated. In many ways, the future of the virus has arrived.”
Environmental Racism and Injustice in the 21st Century: The Role of Community-Engaged Science for a Greener, More Equitable Future
Monday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Program in Public Health)
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UCI IN THE NEWS
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The world of ‘Minecraft’ is getting taller (and deeper) with its latest update
The Washington Post, Nov. 17, 2021
Cited: Kurt Squire, professor of informatics
A chemical firm bought out these Black and white US homeowners – with a significant disparity
The Guardian, Nov. 17
Cited: Edward Telles, Distinguished Professor of sociology
What Will Change When COVID Becomes Endemic?
Healthline - Nov. 17
Cited: Karen Edwards, professor of epidemiology & biostatistics
A haiku for you!
Mid of the quarter?
I do not know about you,
But I’ll treat myself.
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COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
Six new campus cases
Two employees and four students tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
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