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July 29 - A climate change trailblazer; L.A. County says no to masks

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The new Verano 8 housing complex will serve graduate students and students with families. Photo by Ian Parker


Shyla Raghav ’07 used her UCI education to work for the World Bank and the United Nations. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Celebrating a climate change trailblazer

In its Green Issue, UCI Magazine profiles Shyla Raghav ’07, who graduated with degrees in applied ecology and international studies before working for the World Bank, the United Nations and Conservation International – and playing an integral role in the negotiations of the 2015 Paris Agreement. A global leader in climate change policy and one of the few women of color leading the environmental movement in the United States, she’s an inspiration and role model for the next generation of aspiring climate change trailblazers.


New and improved COVID-19 boosters scheduled for September

Following discussions with Pfizer and Moderna, U.S. health officials have announced that a nationwide COVID-19 booster campaign with updated shots will roll out in September. The Biden administration hopes the new shots will better fight the highly contagious BA.5 omicron subvariant, and has decided not to expand eligibility for second boosters this summer. As of now, only Americans over 50 and children over 12 with immune deficiencies are eligible for second booster doses.

L.A. County will not impose indoor mask mandate

Citing a recent drop in local COVID-19 infections, L.A. County has opted not to proceed with an expected indoor mask mandate. The move follows similar decisions by SoCal cities including Beverly Hills, Pasadena and Long Beach. Although Orange County has no indoor mask mandate, as of now they are still required on campus at UCI.


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Why is it so hard to say if this is a recession?

Los Angeles Times, July 28
Cited: Eric Swanson, economics professor

US Senate spending bill takes aim at prized tax break of buyout bosses

Financial Times, July 28
Cited: Victor Fleischer, law professor

Talking to Kids About Social Class Helps Shape Their Views—Here's What To Say

Parents, July 28
Cited: Paul K. Piff, associate professor of psychological science