UCI News

Scientific American, September 2019
How Misinformation Spreads—and Why We Trust It
UCI Associate Professor Cailin O’Connor and UCI Professor James Owen Weatherall [write], “But part of what makes propaganda and disinformation so effective in an age of social media is the fact that people who are exposed to it share it widely among friends and peers who trust them, with no intention of misleading anyone. Social media transforms disinformation into misinformation.”

National Geographic, Sept. 13, 2019
Amazon fish species at risk if fires destroy river habitat
“The majority of papers and fire models for the region focus on upland forest. Floodplain forests are neglected. There is a huge gap in our understanding of fire impact on floodplain forests,” says Paulo Brando, a tropical ecologist at the University of California Irvine. To make matters worse, such forests are generally not able to recover once they’ve been removed. “A single floodplain fire can cause nearly 100 percent forest mortality, and often this vegetation will not grow back soon,” Brando says.

Parentology, Sept. 12, 2019
How to Avoid Burnout in College
“Self-care and stress relief work best when they’re a regular part of your schedule, rather than a coping response to being overwhelmed,” Tracie Yulie, the director of the Learning and Academic Resource Center at UC Irvine, tells Parentology. … Services like the Learning and Academic Resource Center at UCI support students in developing their study skills, like notetaking and preparing for exams, through workshops and individual coaching.

Daily Pilot, Sept. 12, 2019
From her living room to the Louvre, Kira sculpts ‘with her heart, not her eyes’
It’s about a woman named Kira Pandukht. The Modjeska Canyon-based daughter of Armenian immigrants, Kira got a scholarship to UC Irvine in 1989 to study literature. But in her sophomore year, an attack left her with a shattered jaw and a brain injury that stole her peripheral vision. … “I think on some level I was so tender and felt so exposed in my life that the metal symbolized protection and armor,” she says. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Healthy, Sept. 12, 2019
8 Silent Signs You Could Have a Brain Tumor
“Patients suffering from a brain tumor may develop depression, anger, or anxiety, even if they don’t commonly exhibit these types of emotions,” says Sumeet Vadera, MD, a neurosurgeon at the University of California, Irvine. This is most often related to a tumor directly involving or compressing portions of the frontal lobe, which is responsible for many of our personality traits.

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