In the News

  • CBS News, Aug 14, 2015

    Forecasters warn that “Godzilla El Nino” could hit U.S.

    In July, UC Irvine hydrologist Amir Aghakouchak told CBS Los Angeles that the predicted El Niño rains could result in excessive stress on levies, roads and hillsides that have started to dry and crack in California’s historic drought. “We cannot stop them, but we can try to be more and more prepared,” Aghakouchak said.

  • Second Life, Aug 14, 2015

    The Drax Files: World Makers – Episode 31: Tom Boellstorff

    Tom Boellstorff, [UCI] professor in the Department of Anthropology … discusses avatar identity, the use of virtual worlds for gameplay and self-exploration …. Watch now to hear more of his personal take on the future of virtual worlds and some of his observations on the communities he’s encountered inworld.

  • Inside Higher Ed, Aug 14, 2015

    Establishment goes alternative

    Tentatively dubbed the University Learning Store, the project is a joint effort involving [UCI] …. The idea is to create an “alternative credentialing process that would provide students with credentials that are much shorter and cheaper than conventional degrees,” said David Schejbal, dean of continuing education … at Wisconsin Extension.

  • Orange County Register, Aug 14, 2015

    UCI looking for artists to create biological art

    The university’s Beall Center for Art and Technology is seeking artists who can create art through the techniques of synthetic biology …. The theme intends to push artists to explore their definitions of what exactly is life, said David Familian, the Beall Center’s artistic director and curator.

  • Scientific American, Aug 14, 2015

    Awe has social value

    Can this feeling make us better people? … Philosophers long ago suggested that awe binds people together, explains lead author Paul Piff, an assistant professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine …. This new research, he says, proves that awe can make people less self-involved and more attuned to the needs of the larger group.

  • Orange County Register, Aug 13, 2015

    Seeing Orange County through its statues: Mickey Mouse, the Duke, the Zot, the bunnies, the Greeter, the Gipper – and a naked surfer

    The Zot at UC Irvine’s Bren Center. Have you ever ridden the back of an Anteater? I have. In the sun it can burn your legs … if you’re not careful. I think about The Irvine Co. and UCI’s first chancellor Daniel Aldrich Jr. and how they collaborated to build Irvine and establish the campus and its mascot so people could be born, raised and see an anteater in the same community. That’s vision.

  • Elite Daily, Aug 13, 2015

    What it’s like to live with anorexia nervosa as a male

    I remember the exact day my battle with food began. It was the day I decided to go on my first diet. I was 16 and had been getting steadily chubbier for about four years. Sporting a 5’9” frame, I was quickly pushing the 200-pound mark. … [David Lacy received his M.A. from UCI and is currently a writing specialist at the Writing Center and a lecturer in the composition program.]

  • Live Science, Aug 13, 2015

    9 DIY ways to improve your mental health

    “It’s important not to let everyday problems ruin your moments,” study researcher Susan Charles, a psychologist at the University of California, Irvine, said in a statement when the research was released. “After all, moments add up to days, and days add up to years.”

  • KCET, Aug 13, 2015

    Mystic Arts World: Laguna’s Beach’s original psychedelic gallery

    While Mystic Arts World was focusing on the ground-level artists and supporters of the movement, both locally and abroad, nearby the University of California, Irvine’s art department was beginning to be built and solidified. This art department became a center for the “light and space” art movement, says Colburn. “The most prominent artists in light and space were at UCI,” he says.

  • Daily Pilot, Aug 13, 2015

    They’re honing dance skills to pass them on

    While others pursue dance to become professional performers, UC Irvine student Irishia Hubbard has another goal in mind – to become a teacher. She and Nicole Rivor, who graduated from UC Irvine in June, teamed up in late May to co-found Shining Stars, a free weeklong program that teaches local youth the basics in dance but also lessons in body image, confidence and self-acceptance.