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Professor Karen McKinnon published a paper in Nature Climate Change

Professor Karen McKinnon published a paper in Nature Climate Change last week, Hot extremes have become drier in the United States Southwest, identifying an unexpected decrease in summertime specific humidity on the hottest days in the US Southwest over the past 70 years, and particularly since 2000. Her findings indicate that the primary source of atmospheric moisture on hot days is soil moisture, so the observed decrease in humidity is a consequence of the ongoing drought. The results are, unfortunately, bad news for wildfire risk in the region, since a dry atmosphere both desiccates the vegetation and can cause more rapid wildfire spread. The work has been covered in the LATimes and NYTimes.

Statistics faculty Rob Gould debates on NISS panel the importance of K-12 statistics and data science education

This debate happened on May 19, 2021. More details as well as a recording of it are available at this link.

In Memoriam: Professor Janice Reiff, a joint faculty member in our department and in History, died unexpectedly on May 4, 2021

In Memoriam: Professor Janice Reiff, a joint faculty member in our department and in History, died unexpectedly on May 4, 2021. She was active across UCLA, widely known, and will be deeply missed. More details about her are available here.