UCI News

PBS Newshour, April 17, 2019
Coverage of mass killings is bad for mental health — yet makes people seek more
“There’s this perception that if you’re not directly facing any threat of bodily harm, then there’s no reason for you to feel distressed,” said Rebecca Thompson, a social psychologist at the University of California Irvine who co-led the study, “but that just hasn’t been borne out in what we have found repeatedly over the past several years.”

Forbes, April 18, 2019
Can the Dead Sea be the Key to Global Survival?
Prof. David L. Feldman – Urban Planning and Public Policy, School of Social Ecology University of California, Irvine studies water conflicts and the demise of inland seas and also communicates on the global policy challenges. He offered two use cases where both the Dead Sea and the Salton Sea (in California), which, if depleted, would have grave economic, ecological and political impacts locally and globally.

EdSurge, April 17, 2019
Waterford Gets $20M+ Grant for Online Preschool. Its Critics Are Not Happy
[Marc] Lerner says there very well may be value in programs like Upstart, and points to research out of University of California, Irvine, where he works, that shows kids do make some academic gains when using literacy or math curricula before Kindergarten (although the study focused on place-based preschools). Yet he thinks programs like Upstart may be most beneficial when added to a more well-rounded regimen that focuses on broad play-based experiences, healthy routines and nutrition.

DailyMail, April 18, 2019
Scrap that early morning jog! Evening exercise appears to be better for you because your body uses up less oxygen, two studies find
The teams – from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, and the University of California, Irvine – say their studies are among the first to prove the long-held theory that time of a day has an impact on exercise productivity. … Researchers looked at how much the mice physically exerted with varying intensities and regimens. They found that exercise performance for the mice was about 50 percent better in the evening hours compared to the morning hours.

SFGate, April 17, 2019
What will climate change do to us?
“I don’t want to be alarmist,” said Eric Rignot, an Earth-systems scientist for the University of California at Irvine and NASA who led the work. But he said the weaknesses that researchers have detected in East Antarctica – home to the largest ice sheet on the planet – deserve deeper study.

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