Avoid the Water After Storms
A study by undergraduate researchers at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and nonprofit Heal the Bay showing that harmful bacteria, including fecal matter, can remain in ocean water near Los Angeles and Orange County beaches for five to 10 days following a storm — rather than the previously assumed three days — was highlighted by the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, LA Observed, the Malibu Patch, KCBS-Channel 2 and KNBC-Channel 4 and today by the Long Beach Press-Telegram and KTTV-Channel 11.
Climate Change and West Nile Risk
Time reported on a study led by researchers from the Center for Tropical Research at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability predicting that higher temperatures and less rain will lead to more West Nile virus infections in humans in the future, with the disease spreading north into previously unaffected areas as a result of climate change.
Dr. Beate Ritz
Ritz, professor and chair of the department of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted in a CNN.com article about the difficulty for epidemiologists of finding the origin of particular birth defects.