UCI News

NPR (Kaiser Health News), April 2, 2019
Hospitals Look To Nursing Homes To Help Stop Drug-Resistant Infections
People in hospitals are vulnerable to these bugs, and people in nursing homes are particularly vulnerable. Up to 15 percent of hospital patients and 65 percent of nursing home residents harbor drug-resistant organisms, though not all of them will develop an infection, says Dr. Susan Huang, who specializes in infectious diseases at the University of California, Irvine. “Superbugs are scary and they are unabated,” Huang says. “They don’t go away.”

The Washington Post, April 2, 2019
Nipsey Hussle’s death capped a notably violent week in Los Angeles — 26 shootings, 10 homicides
Charis E. Kubrin, a professor of criminology law and society at the University of California at Irvine, said that Los Angeles deserved credit for its falling violent crime rates in recent years, but that the crime picture was more complicated on a local level than the citywide decrease that officials like to point to. “He was getting ready to talk to police about gang violence,” she said. “So that to me suggests there were ongoing challenges that that community was facing.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

GameCrate, April, 1, 2019
Interview: Dr. Clemenson of UCI on How Minecraft Can Improve Memory
At University of California Irvine, researchers are using games to test theories about how the human mind works. Dr. Gregory Dane Clemenson and his colleagues, Dr. Caden M. Henningfield and Dr. Craig E. L. Stark, recently completed one such study on how Minecraft can be used to improve memory through playing in a rich environment. In this interview, we discuss the overall procedure for how to conduct research using video games.

Good, March 27, 2019
Two weeks after the Christchurch massacre, Facebook announces it will block white nationalist posts.
These days, hate groups can easily and anonymously organize through social media. “It just becomes easier to organize, to spread the word, for people to know where to go,” Richard Hasen, University of California–Irvine political scientist, told Pacific Standard. “It could be to raise money, or it could be to engage in attacks on social media. Some of the activity is virtual. Some of it is in a physical place. Social media has lowered the collective-action problems that individuals who might want to be in a hate group would face,” he continued. “You can see that there are people out there like you. That’s the dark side of social media.”

Inside Higher Ed, April 2, 2019
A Future for the Humanities
When we entered college around 1980, no area on campus was more energetic and cool than the humanities. … In the preceding decade, cutting-edge journals had been founded — New Literary HistoryCritical Inquirydiacritics and boundary 2 — while the School of Criticism and Theory at the University of California, Irvine, had become one of the hottest annual academic gatherings. … It was easy to believe that what happened in humanities classrooms was momentous and adventuresome. That’s how it seemed to us. To younger humanities teachers and students in 2019, that attitude is now inconceivable — rendered impossible by an altered reality.

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