UCI News

Tavis Smiley, April 26, 2016
Who actually owns these stem cells?
Dr. Howard J. Federoff, vice chancellor, health affairs, UC Irvine [says] “I think clinical investigation has now made clear to us that we have to inform our patients when we’re soliciting informed consent … in the current environment, being clear about what we’re asking patients to do, whether they are going to provide a cell, or any tissue for that matter is requisite to being able to do high quality clinical investigation.”

The Huffington Post, April 27, 2016
Why does Israel refuse to recognize the Armenian Genocide?
“I think Israel doesn’t want to have another Muslim adversary state near its borders, so strategically, they are interested in [not recognizing the] Armenian genocide in order not to lose Turkey forever,” stated Roman Smbatyan, an Armenian history and Middle Eastern history faculty member at UC Irvine.

ESPN, April 27, 2016
Making varsity: Collegiate Esports primed for growth and exposure
The University of California, Irvine is launching massive, 3,500-square-foot facility dedicated to esports. It will have a stage for competitions, 80 personal computers and a live broadcasting studio and will serve as a social hub for the student body.

The Drive, April 27, 2016
UC Irvine accidentally invents a battery that lasts forever
What do Viagra, popsicles, Corn Flakes, Ivory soap, the kitchen microwave, and champagne have in common? They were all discovered by accident. Add ultra-long-lasting nanowire batteries to that list, thanks to a team of researchers at the University of California, Irvine. … The UCI nanobattery endured 200,000 charge cycles over three months “with 94–96% average Coulombic efficiency.” It was effectively still brand new at the end of the experiment.

Orange County Register, April 27, 2016
UCI professors elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Four professors at the University of California, Irvine have been selected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law at the School of Law; Benny Gerber, chemistry professor emeritus; Margaret Gilbert, chair in moral philosophy; and Steven White, professor of physics. The new fellows will be inducted at a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass in October.

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