UCI News

The Desert Sun, April 12, 2019
Palm Springs one of the smoggiest spots in the US?
“To paraphrase Bob Dylan, the answer is blowing in the wind,” said UC Irvine atmospheric physicist Charlie Zender, who studies air pollution transport. As for the request to designate the Coachella Valley as having extreme ozone levels, joining only Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley, he said, “That’s something you don’t want to be number one or two in.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Hill, April 11, 2019 (Opinion)
How to keep promising low-income and first-gen college students from dropping out
Forward-thinking programs have found that promising, hard-working students flourish when offered socio-emotional and financial support. … As part of UC Irvine’s American Talent Initiative, community college and non-traditional students receive extra support and resources to stem transfers (almost two out of three college students will attend more than one school before earning their bachelor’s degree.)

Los Angeles Times, April 9, 2019
UC Irvine professor provides research that helps update database documenting the colonial-era slave trade
“Now we’re able to see this all across the Spanish colonies from Mexico to Buenos Aires, this significance of internal slave trade,” said UCI associate professor Alex Borucki, who co-led the database research and contributed about 750 entries. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Guardian, April 12, 2019
‘Protect your pets’: cats make up one-fifth of coyotes’ diet in Los Angeles
A quarter of coyotes’ diet was found to be ornamental fruit, including fruit from palm trees …. These trees attract coyotes, who … are also finding cats and small dogs. All this rings true to Niamh Quinn, a human wildlife interactions adviser at the University of California at Irvine, who has done similar studies at her lab.

WMUR, April 10, 2019
Here’s how long your naps should be
“A 90-minute nap can help you decompress and get creative juices flowing because it covers a full sleep cycle, taking you from the lightest to deepest stages of sleep and back so you wake up refreshed,” says Sara Mednick, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of California at Irvine and author of “Take a Nap! Change Your Life.

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