UCI News

KQED, July 9, 2019 (Video)
Watch Bed Bugs Get Stopped in Their Tracks | Deep Look
Scientists are working to come up with more tools to get rid of bed bugs. At UC Irvine, biologist and engineer Catherine Loudon is collaborating with several engineering labs on campus to create synthetic surfaces that could trap bed bugs. She was inspired by the tiny hooked hairs that grow from the leaves of some varieties of beans, such as kidney and green beans. In nature, the hairs pierce through the feet of the aphids and leafhoppers that like to feed on them.

Wired, July 10, 2019
Reddit’s ‘Manosphere’ and the Challenge of Quantifying Hate
As Katherine Lo, a researcher at UC Irvine who studies online content moderation, points out, datasets are the language many decisionmakers speak. Relying on datasets to determine policies isn’t without its limitations. “The biggest problem is that it’s hard to condense experience into a dataset,” Lo says. Most of the research that’s been done on online harassment and misogyny has used Twitter data because it’s far and away the most accessible.

The Christian Science Monitor, July 9, 2019
Hong Kong protests: Is anyone in charge?
When you’re “making consensus decisions, it’s hard to strategize and innovate,” says David S. Meyer, a sociologist at the University of California, Irvine and an expert on social movements. “Usually the easiest thing to agree on is what they’ve already been doing. You always have the risk that a breakaway coalition opts out and does what it wants to do. When there’s nobody in charge with continuing on after the peak enthusiasm has passed, it falls apart.”

The New York Times, July 10, 2019
Opinion: Is There Anyone Who Can Unite the Democrats Besides Trump?
Peter Ditto, a professor of psychological science at the University of California-Irvine, picked up this theme in an email: “[Biden] wants to capture the character traits of equanimity and bipartisanism, which many people in the electorate seem to have some longing for but it cuts against the grain of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party who are pushing for aggressive policy changes.”  [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Food Service Director, July 10, 2019
How colleges are combating food waste with next-gen composting
When the University of California, Irvine (UCI) took stock of next-generation composting solutions several years ago, multiple options were on the table. Investing in dehydrator and pulper units was eventually scuttled … in favor of a concept that takes composted food waste to biodigestion processing. It served as the ideal solution to develop the composting program and help establish a net-zero carbon footprint at the university.

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