April 16, 2024
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Forensic pathologist researches deaths in custody

Nancy Rodríguez, professor of criminology, law and society
As a member of a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Nancy Rodríguez, professor of criminology, law and society, is studying the handling of deaths in custody. Rodríguez is one of a dozen researchers examining the number of deaths throughout the criminal justice process and how they are investigated, diagnosed, recorded, reported and made transparent. The committee expects to produce a consensus report with findings and recommendations by September 2025.

RSV lives for hours on hard surfaces, doctor says

According to Dr. Hannah H. Nam, a UCI Health infectious disease specialist, respiratory syncytial virus, unlike influenza or COVID-19, is a large virus that lives for hours on hard surfaces and primarily spreads through touch. Handwashing and contact precautions are key to reducing transmission, particularly in healthcare facilities.

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Sustainability achievements and tips from UCI

Environmental research internships offered

Applications for the Center for Environmental Biology’s 2024-25 undergraduate internship program are now open. CEB interns engage in environmental research and outreach experiences to enhance their expertise in science, education and outreach, especially related to managing natural resources. The yearlong internship is open to UCI undergraduates, and offers academic credit. To apply, visit the CEB website and use the application link to submit an application and letter of recommendation by May 19. If you have questions, contact Haley Heesch or Marisa Grillo.


New UCnet website launches next week

Since 2010, UCnet has been the go-to systemwide source for employee and retiree news and benefits information. On April 24, a new version of the site will launch. Leading up to that, UCnet will add no new content from 8 a.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. April 23.


Egyptologist dishes on ancient drinking habits

 Luiza Osorio G. Silva, assistant professor of art history

Last fall, Luiza Osorio G. Silva joined UC Irvine as an assistant professor of art history specializing in pyramids, sphinxes, pharaohs – and beer? Yep, early Egyptians drank lots of ale, says Silva, who grew up in Brazil and traces her fascination with ancient Egypt to watching mummy movies with her dad. Now she haunts ancient Egyptian graveyards, co-hosts a Portuguese podcast called “Three Egyptologists Walk Into a Bar” and keeps a miniature mummy in her office. Armed with Egyptian archaeology degrees from Brown University and the University of Chicago, Silva has researched everything from “magical bricks” found in old tombs to how royalty was perceived by average citizens and what turns out to be a deep appreciation of beer.

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Toxic 'forever chemicals' are everywhere. Can you actually avoid PFAS? 4 strategies from experts

Today, April 15
Cited: Scott Bartell, professor of environmental and occupational health

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In war saga ‘The Sympathizer,’ Vietnamese voices are no longer stuck in the background

Associated Press, April 15
Cited: Long T. Bui, professor of global and international studies

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As money moves digital, Denver Mint still coins a pretty penny

Christian Science Monitor, April 15
Cited: Bill Maurer, director, Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion

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