UCI News

Orange County Register, April 24, 2016
Experts: The sea level is rising, and coastal cities better be ready
Those increased costs will be the first sign of sea level rise, said Brett Sanders, a UCI professor who is the leading the team that’s creating the hyper-local flood maps for Newport Beach. … The UCI team’s models will be able to show exactly where water would be a few inches or a few feet deep under different scenarios, he said. “People are eager to know what that difference is,” Sanders said.

Southern California Public Radio, April 25, 2016
Greenland’s glaciers likely melting faster than thought, UC Irvine study finds
Previous seafloor maps of Greenland were based on very little data, said the study’s lead author Eric Rignot, professor of Earth system science at UCI and a JPL researcher. “So we tend to underestimate how deep these fjords are,” he explained. Rignot’s team used underwater scanning equipment to map the fjords.

Financial Times, April 24, 2016
Scientists zero in on mosquito DNA to repel malaria transmission
“This is a significant first step,” says Anthony James of the University of California, Irvine, the project leader.  “We know the gene works.  The mosquitos we created are not the final brand but we know this technology allows us efficiently to create large populations.”

The New York Times, March 30, 2016
The quiet research that led to a resounding success in diabetes prevention
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of health and human services, announced that Medicare was planning to pay for lifestyle interventions focusing on diet and physical activity to prevent Type 2 diabetes. … This announcement is based on work at an Indianapolis Y.M.C.A. by a [UCI alumnus] social ecologist named David Marrero …. The other collaborator, [is] a physician named Ron Ackermann …. Their research was behind the Diabetes Prevention Act of 2009.

Los Angeles Times, April 25, 2016
The Harriet Tubman $20 and other faces on money show how we want to remember history
“Money isn’t just money,” said Bill Maurer, dean of social sciences at UC Irvine and a professor of anthropology. “Money is also a ubiquitous mass medium, so if you want to get any kind of message across in a big way, putting it on the money is a great way to do it.”

The Washington Post, April 25, 2016
The sinister, secret history of a food that everybody loves
Robert Bettinger, an anthropology professor at the University of California, Irvine, is sympathetic to the economists’ theory, which take after an idea from his own work on ancient hunter-gatherers. … “It comes down to the ability to expropriate others’ labor,” Bettinger said. “Some resources have a lot more labor represented in them.”

Los Angeles Times, April 23, 2016
Daniel Joseph Martinez offers a front-row seat to a famous artistic murder – starring himself
Like Beuys, teaching has been an important part of [Daniel] Martinez’s intellectual equation. For 25 years, he has helped shape a generation of students at UC Irvine, where he counts now-established artists, such as sculptor Ruben Ochoa and installation artist Kori Newkirk, among his graduates. Juan Capistran, a conceptual artist whose work has been shown at the L.A. County Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum, says he pursued his M.F.A. at UC Irvine specifically to work with Martinez.

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