UCI News

Orange County Register, April 3, 2019
20 Southern California hospitals make Newsweek’s list of world’s top 1,000
Twenty Southern California hospitals have been named among the top 1,000 in the world, across 11 countries, in a list compiled for the first time by Newsweek .… The following Southern California hospitals were ranked among the best in the United States: … UC Irvine Medical Center, Orange (145) …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, April 2, 2019
University of California Scholars Update Website on the American Slave Trade
A team of scholars from the University of California have recently expanded and redesigned Slave Voyagesone of the most utilized resources in the digital humanities  … “This project encouraged me to contact scholars who study the slave trade in Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, Cuba and Puerto Rico,” said Dr. Alex Borucki, an associate professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, who co-led the project. “This is truly a collective endeavor involving scholars from Latin America, Europe and the United States, and the number of database entries will continue to increase as additional researchers and the public contribute.”

NewStatesman, April 1, 2019
Why do we watch terrorist videos and what effect do they have on us?
Sarah Redmond, one of the authors of the report and a PhD student at the University of California, [Irvine] acknowledged that a different demographic might be attracted to graphic footage posted by far-right terrorists, and that we can’t confidently extrapolate much information from the Isis study about the types of people most likely to watch the mosque attacks online. But the study does underline why it’s crucial for internet companies to develop effective ways to block content posted by terrorist groups, or else risk aiding militants.

Marketplace, April 3, 2019 (Audio)
Creators who build an audience online find algorithms can wipe it away
People who try to build a career as creators on YouTube may put all their creativity and time and identity into the platform. On the other end of the screen, an algorithm can take away their ability to make money by what’s called demonetizing videos, or just giving them a lower priority in its recommendation engine. … Host Molly Wood talked with Katherine Lo, a visiting researcher at the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine.

Esports Insider, April 3, 2019
Hyperice launches esports scholarship at University of California Irvine
The scholarship will implement Hyperice’s knowledge and technology to support two individuals with a sports medicine background, starting this autumn. Mark Deppe, Director of UCI Esports discussed the venture in a statement: “Health and wellness are crucial for UCI Esports as we try to push the boundaries of human performance within esports. This visionary gift from Hyperice will provide the necessary people and equipment to keep all of our students healthy and fit. These scholarships are also notable as they will be the first for non-players and demonstrate that a successful program relies on talented people in many different roles.”

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