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Orange County Business Journal, March 31, 2015

Jack Peltason: Public servant, bridge to private sector

Twenty-five years ago, University of California, Irvine Chancellor Jack Peltason sat down with Irvine Company Chairman Donald Bren and decided to build University Research Park. … The $5 million UCI gets from the ground lease adds to Bren’s support of UCI, including in professorships. The Peltason-Bren agreement has helped UCI attract and keep the most promising and distinguished scholars the university could find. PDF

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NPR, March 31, 2015

Want to do a little astrophysics? This app detects cosmic rays

Scientists in California are hoping to use your smart phone to solve a cosmic mystery. They’re developing an app to turn your phone into a cosmic ray detector. … The project is the brainchild of physicists Daniel Whiteson at the University of California, Irvine, and his buddy Michael Mulhearn at the University of California, Davis.

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Journal Gazette & Times-Courier, March 31, 2015

Facts for families: Being social makes a better brain

Dr. Claudia Kawas, a neurologist at the University of California, Irvine, states “there is quite a bit of evidence now suggesting that the more people you have contact with, in your own home or outside, the better you do. Interaction with people regularly, even strangers, uses easily as much brain power as doing puzzles.”

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Los Angeles Times, March 31, 2015

What a cluster: When dark matter collides, things get weird

“Galaxy clusters that are merging with each other represent interesting laboratories for this kind of question,” said James Bullock, a UC Irvine astrophysicist who was not involved in the study.

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Fox News Magazine, March 31, 2015

4 ways to win any argument, revealed

Being nice can actually improve your chances of winning an argument as people tend to be more open-minded when they’re happy and at ease. “When people have their self-worth validated in some way, they tend to be more receptive to information that challenges their beliefs,” Peter Ditto, a psychology professor at UC Irvine explained.

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Orange County Register, March 30, 2015

UCI chancellor Howard Gillman seeks off-campus impact

Chancellor Howard Gillman … talks to community leaders about issues – from health and elementary education to business and technology. He recruits partners. He raises money – expecting the campus to reach a $1 billion goal set in 2008 by the end of the school year. Bottom line, he’s trying to make UCI have an impact on all of Orange County as its second largest employer.

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KNBC, March 30, 2015

NBC 4 news conference with Aaron Kheriaty

Senate bill 128 being considered in the California legislature would allow terminally ill patients the option of a physician-assisted end of life. Dr. Aaron Kheriaty is the associate professor of psychiatry and director of the medical ethics program at the University of California, Irvine.

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Orange County Register, March 30, 2015

UC Irvine helps companies reinvent themselves for the digital age

Vijay Gurbaxani is in the business of scaring businesses. “We are facing a digital tsunami,” he warned 300 executives at a UCI conference last week. “We are in the midst of an industrial revolution which creates winners and losers. We have to adapt.” … Vijay Gurbaxani is the founding director for the Center for Digital Transformation at UCI.

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PRI, March 30, 2015

Online learning holds great promise – but mostly for the well-off

Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine … has found that new technology has the tendency to give students who are already highly educated and come from wealthier backgrounds “superpowers.” It separates people into two groups: Those who can easily access new technology and new ways of learning, and those who can’t.

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The Guardian, March 30, 2015

California drought goes from bad to worse as state grapples with heat wave

Amir Aghakouchak, an assistant professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine, said the $1 billion water spending plan included “forward looking” measures that would help the state prepare for future dry spells. … “If California wants to stay at the front of this, we have to consider science, and the best science. But it requires support.”

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Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2015

Antarctic ice shelves melting 70 percent faster, study shows

The more detailed mosaic presented by the new study nonetheless offered little to surprise Eric Rignot, a glaciologist at UC Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory … “It does emphasize that a number of ice shelves are not healthy, which is bad news for the glaciers that flow into them because the glaciers will start flowing faster and raise sea level faster,” Rignot said.

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The New York Times, March 30, 2015

Bargain hunting with a strong dollar in Europe, but finding a mixed bag

Antonio Rodriguez-Lopez, assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine … “Firms set different prices in different markets simply because of differences in demand,” he said.

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