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July 22 - Curing climate change, understanding our post-Roe world

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Person walking into the Susan and Henry Samueli Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building

Research takes no summer break. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


James Randerson

James Randerson maps wildfire patterns and uses satellite remote sensing to learn how fires are affecting ecosystems. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Finding cures for climate change

Continuing UCI’s longstanding effort to study the harmful effects of climate change, a group of UCI researchers led by James Randerson, professor of Earth System Science, are working on finding solutions to the problem. Randerson’s lab’s current projects include globally mapping wildfire patterns and using satellite remote sensing to learn how fires are affecting ecosystems; finding ways to gauge the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems and their capacity to store carbon as climate changes; and improving climate models to better forecast the biosphere’s future.

Weighing in on a post-Roe world

After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month, many states have already banned or imposed severe restrictions on abortions. Four UCI professors weigh in on what the ruling will mean for the legal rights of American citizens: Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of law and director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy; David S. Meyer, professor of sociology; Mary McThomas, associate professor of political science; and Charles Anthony Smith, professor of political science and law.


Friday Fun Fact

Differing disciplines: Social sciences is the largest discipline for bachelor degrees awarded, it’s engineering and computer science for masters and PhDs. (Click on undergraduate degrees by discipline.)

L.A. County poised to reimpose indoor mask mandates

A week after UCI reinstated its indoor mask policy, LA County set to do the same early next week, due to the hyper-infectious BA.5 omicron subvariant that is rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases and increasing hospitalization numbers.


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BA.5 COVID Symptoms Doctors Are Seeing The Most Right Now

HuffPost, July 22
Cited: David Souleles, director of UCI’s COVID-19 Response Team

When a parent’s mental health struggle affects their kids

The Washington Post, July 21
Cited: Jessica Borelli, associate professor of psychological science

COVID-19 AMA: CDC Approves Novavax Vaccine, Which Uses Traditional Technology.

KPCC (audio), July 21
Interviewed: Shruti Gohil, assistant professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine


Sina Zhaleh (left) and Matteo Zamparini (right) at the Plug and Play Summit with fellow UCI ANTrepreneur Mohammad Khorgamphar (center).

Sina Zhaleh (left) and Matteo Zamparini (right) at the Plug and Play Summit with fellow UCI ANTrepreneur Mohammad Khorgamphar (center).

Interview with ANTrepreneurs: Matteo Zamparini and Sina Zhaleh of Spaceflare

In June, Matteo Zamparini, a 2021 Business Administration graduate, and Sina Zhaleh, a first-year degree major, were invited to attend the Plug and Play Silicon Valley Summit in Sunnyvale. Heralded as a premier event for the Plug and Play network, the summit welcomed top innovators and business leaders to explore the latest trends across several industries. Matteo and Sina share their story about the chance to connect with other entrepreneurs and investors to promote their startup, Spaceflare.

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14 new campus cases

On Thursday, UCI recorded 14 new cases of COVID-19: eight students and six employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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