Aug. 17 - Remembering Michael Berns; rainforest shipping pollution
A roadrunner eyes the scenery at the UCI Ecological Preserve. Photo by Ian Parker
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Michael Berns will be remembered as “the father of laser microbeams.” Photo courtesy of Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic
Biomedical laser pioneer Michael Berns passes away
Michael Berns, who co-founded and directed UCI’s storied Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic, died Saturday at age 79. Renowned for his groundbreaking work using laser technology to manipulate cells, Berns was also a painter, avocado farmer and spy thriller novelist. His signature accomplishment – the Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic – began taking shape in 1979, when Berns won an NIH grant to set up the Laser Microbeam Program at UCI.
Researchers track shipping industry emissions in Amazon rainforest
In an article for Environmental Research, Guaciara dos Santos, a Department of Earth System Science research scientist, revealed the discovery of shipping industry fuel emissions deep inside the Amazon rainforest. The team measured the rise in emissions after sampling and analyzing tissues retrieved from tree growth rings, and the reason for the rise, the team reports, is the burning of fossil fuels by ships that use the Amazon’s waterways to transport mined ore out of the region.
Jeanett Castellanos joins American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education
Jeanett Castellanos, social sciences undergraduate associate dean and professor of teaching, will help lead the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, a nonprofit focused on developing and increasing representation of Latinx faculty, senior administrators and students in higher education. Castellano’s research merges the fields of counseling and higher education with a particular focus on Latinx populations; her books on the subject include The Minority in the Majority: Expanding the Representation of Latina/o Faculty, Administrators and Students in Higher Education, The Latina/o Pathway to the Ph.D.: Abriendo Caminos, and her newest work, Riding the Academic Freedom Train: A Culturally Responsive Multigenerational Mentoring Model.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
How will the Inflation Reduction Act affect your healthcare?
Yesterday, the Inflation Reduction Act officially became law, marking the most significant change in American healthcare since the Affordable Healthcare Act legislation (aka Obamacare) of 2010. Under the new law, the U.S. government can negotiate prices on the costliest prescription drugs, cap costs at $2,000 per year for people on Medicare, limit the monthly cost of insulin to $35 for seniors, and extend subsidies for people buying their own health coverage. The law also provides free vaccines for seniors.
First Folio Friday with Andrea Mays
Friday, 11:30 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Libraries)
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UCI IN THE NEWS
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Quantum Physics Could Finally Explain Consciousness, Scientists Say
Popular Mechanics, Aug. 17
Cited: Jeffrey Barrett, Chancellor’s Professor of logic and philosophy of science
Inflation Reduction Act: What It Will and Won't Do to Lower Insulin Prices
Healthline, Aug. 15
Cited: Keri Hurley-Kim, associate clinical professor
Salton Sea Policy-Making Excludes Vulnerable Purépecha Community Members
KCET, Aug. 12
Cited: Felipe Ochoa, public policy graduate program alumnus
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15 new campus cases
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