Storms, NYC housing, and tissue engineering in the first Bwoglines of the semester.
Happening in the World: The Ukrainian advisor to President Zelensky, Oleksiy Arestovych, plans to resign after remarks he made about a recent missile strike. On Sunday, an apartment building in Dnipro was hit by a Kh-22 missile. After the strike, Oleksiy said that the missile was struck down by Ukrainian forces and then accidentally hit the building, which was quickly disproven. Ukrainian officials and citizens heavily criticized him for this comment, citing its similarity to claims made by Russian propagandists. Oleksiy posted his letter of resignation soon after the backlash. (BBC)
Happening in the US: Extreme weather conditions persisted throughout California yesterday. Heavy snow across the Sierra Nevada led the National Weather Service to discorage unecessary travel and issue an avalanche warning for the area. Previously hit areas are beginning to reopen while more close down as the storm makes its way through the state. For the past three weeks, the state has been hit with major winter storms, snow, and rainfall, causing power outtages, road closures, and landslides. (AP)
Happening in NYC: Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul have proposed ambitious housing plans over the past week. The proposals aim to improve quality of life, public safety, and economic conditions, and include an expansion of housing stock by 3%, a “reimagining” of Midtown and Lower Manhattan, increased job opportunities, and increased minimum wage. These proposals have been widely debated on, with many New Yorkers concerned that the plans are inadequate in fighting the city’s housing emergency. (The Gothamist)
Happening in Our Community: Tissue Talks, a webinar series hosted by Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, and the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, will begin this Wednesday. The popular series brings in experts and global leaders in tissue engineering to discuss the topic. The talks are held at 3 pm each Wednsday and will be recorded and available to stream for a brief period following each session.
Housing via Wikimedia Commons