April 22 - Physicists measure up; what’s environmental humanities?
Happy Earth Day: Celebrate by getting out to enjoy the great outdoors, as these Anteaters did during Celebrate UCI. Photo by Ian Parker
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
What are the environmental humanities?
Tuesday’s Digest shared news of the opening of the Environmental Humanities Research Center. But what are the environmental humanities? The answer is in this video from the School of Humanities.
“This project represents an advance in both the measurement technique and the scientific question the approach allowed us to explore,” says Wilson Ho, Donald Bren Professor of physics & astronomy. Photo by Steve Zylius / UCI
UCI scientists turn a hydrogen molecule into a quantum sensor
Researchers in the departments of Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry have demonstrated a new technique that can measure the chemical properties of materials at unprecedented time and spatial resolutions. The technique, which is presented in today’s Science, can also be applied to analysis of two-dimensional materials that have the potential to play a role in advanced energy systems, electronics and quantum computers.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Reflecting on Earth Day
“At the University of California, we have been deeply committed for decades to addressing the climate crisis head-on,” reads UC President Michael Drake’s Earth Day message. “We are on our way to achieving bold systemwide goals of transitioning to 100 percent clean electricity and becoming carbon neutral by 2025.”
Friday fun fact
Job giant: UC spending results in more than a half million jobs or one-in-45 jobs in the state. UC employs about 229,000 full- and part-time faculty and staff, making it the third largest employer in the state.
More than 70% of Orange County residents fully vaccinated
The OC Health Care Agency reported 2,300,191 county residents were fully vaccinated as of Thursday, which represents 71.3% of Orange County’s total population. There have been 1,269,169 booster doses administered.
Vaccine approval for those under 5 not likely until June: Fauci
Anthony Fauci pins the delay on health regulators having been concerned that Moderna and Pfizer created slightly different COVID-19 vaccines. That warranted additional scrutiny, according to the White House’s chief medical adviser.
Princeton Review medical admissions timeline workshop
Tonight, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Morning Sign Out at UCI)
Cup of SOAR
Tuesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Student Outreach and Retention)
Public Health Pop-Up Booth: COVID-19 Chatline Booth
Tuesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Program in Public Health Student Volunteer Core)
Beyond Ring Road: Tips from Alumni Recruiters Panel
Tuesday, noon (sponsored by Division of Career Pathways)
Tuesday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion)
“Silencing Extremism or Asserting Values” live theater: Cancel Culture with Pure Praxis
Tuesday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by Sorority & Fraternity Life)
Sisters inside “Still a Brother: Inside the Negro Middle Class”
Tuesday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)
The Frontera Project
Tuesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)
Re: Assert Personal Safety and Self Defense
Tuesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by UCI CARE)
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UCI IN THE NEWS
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Health, April 21
Cited: Bernadette M. Boden-Albala, director and founding dean, Program in Public Health
The New York Times, April 22
Cited: Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor's Professor of law and director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy
The Guardian (podcast), April 22
Guest: Claire Jean Kim, professor of political science and Asian American studies
“The question is no longer whether climate change is a threat, but what can we do about it ... With this formalized interdisciplinary group, we aspire to tackle these important challenges and propose solutions.” - Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, Distinguished Professor of civil and environmental engineering and one of the founding members of Climate, Energy, Water Solutions (CLEWS).
Happy Earth Day today & every day! Caring for the Earth is part of our DNA, from the start of @UCIrvine campus to now as #UCIEngineering faculty collaborate to combat #climatechange. From Twitter/@UCIEngineering
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COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
11 new campus cases
On Thursday, UCI recorded 11 new cases of COVID-19, all students. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
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