In the News

The Washington Post, October 30, 2014

The world’s climate change watchdog may be underestimating global warming

The lead author of that research, the University of California, Irvine’s Eric Rignot, stressed in an interview that there is no scientific consensus yet about the validity of his alarming results. But he adds that in his own opinion, the IPCC’s estimate for sea level rise is “very conservative.” “We’ve been looking at these glaciers for 20 years, and what I see is defying all these models,” adds Rignot.

 

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AARP, October 30, 2014

When scary headlines make you anxious about millennial kids

A related study based on the aftermath of the Boston marathon bombings found that people who consumed six or more hours of daily media coverage report more acute stress symptoms than people who were directly affected by the bombing. That study was conducted by Alison Holman, who researches stress and coping at the University of California, Irvine.

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USC Annenberg Radio News , October 30, 2014

ARN Live Show – Oct. 14, 2014

Brandon Brown, assistant professor of public health [at UCI], discusses the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s plan to counter Ebola in the United States and what we know so far about the disease and how it spreads.

 

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The Baltimore Sun, October 30, 2014

Race, party favors and early voting key in Md. governor’s battle

Election expert and University of California, Irvine Professor Richard Hasen has shown that early voting tends to help raise turnout among low-income and minority voters, two core components of any winning coalition for Mr. Brown. Not unlike Mr. Obama’s 2012 reliance upon early voting in swing states, Mr. Brown expects early voters to provide him an electoral head start that a less organized Maryland GOP simply cannot match.

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USC Annenberg Radio News, October 30, 2014

Law Professor Erwin Chemerinksy on the Supreme Court

With the Supreme Court’s latest session starting the week, Erwin Chemerinsky, professor of law at UC Irvine and author of The Case Against the Supreme Court, gave us a preview of the cases coming up this term.

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The New Yorker, October 29, 2014

Seeking the source of cosmic rays

Thousands of scientists and engineers contributed to the discovery of the Higgs boson, two years ago, at the Large Hadron Collider, near Geneva. Daniel Whiteson and Michael Mulhearn, physicists from the University of California, Irvine and Davis, respectively, were among them. … “We were very familiar with using silicon-based detectors to look for exotic particles,” Whiteson says, “and we realized early on that the cameras in smartphones fit that definition.

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Los Angeles Times, October 29, 2014

U.S. cases prove Ebola is ‘not a death sentence’

Long thought to be a death sentence, Ebola has proved vulnerable to a mix of standard and invasive medical techniques, readily available in the U.S. but often beyond the reach of the impoverished nations at the heart of the outbreak. … “It’s not a death sentence,” said Michael Buchmeier, a virologist at UC Irvine. “It’s a beatable disease.”

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Orange County Register, October 29, 2014

Breast cancer one week, cured the next? Some say it’s possible

A new procedure used at UC Irvine removes early-stage breast cancer cells and offers pinpoint radiation, without much invasive surgery. … Last fall, Freeman, now 52, went to …. UCI Medical Center, where she had her tiny tumor removed. … Oncologist Dr. Alice Police delivered Freeman’s first and only dose of radiation. The “magic,” as Police calls it … allows such patients as Freeman to avoid the complications of traditional radiation therapy.

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The Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2014

The Fed favors guidance over bond buys

The Federal Reserve’s forward guidance has been a lot more effective at keeping long-term rates down and stimulating the economy than its three bond-buying programs, says Eric Swanson, an economist at the University of California, Irvine, who until recently was a researcher at the San Francisco Fed.

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Scientific American, October 29, 2014

Evidence builds for dark matter explosions at the Milky Way’s core

University of California, Irvine scientists Anna Kwa and Kevork Abazajian presented the new study October 23 at the Fifth International Fermi Symposium …. Simona Murgia, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Irvine and a member of the Fermi collaboration’s galactic-center analysis team, presented the team’s findings. She says the complexity of the galactic center makes it difficult to know for sure how the excess of gamma rays arose and whether or not the light could come from mundane “background” sources.

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Orange County Register, October 29, 2014

UCI attempts to calm Ebola fears, even as two Orange County residents monitored for virus

Andrew Noymer, associate professor of UCI’s Public Health Program … and others on the panel pointed out a simple fact: Ebola is infectious, but not highly contagious. Spreading such information is also the only way to avoid Ebola stigma, said Brandon Brown, assistant professor at UCI and director of the Global Health Initiative.

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Bloomberg, October 29, 2014

Ebola patient’s family struggles with isolation amid fear

Quarantines put people at risk of developing mental health disorders, psychologists said. … “The stress is ubiquitous,” Merritt Schreiber, director of psychological programs at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, said by telephone. “Some people in a quarantine situation may be at risk for developing a new psychological disorder that they have never had before.”

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