UCI News

The New York Times, April 3, 2021
We Have All Hit a Wall
Prolonged stress will do that to you, said Mike Yassa, professor of neuroscience and the director of the UCI Brain Initiative at the University of California, Irvine. “Stress is OK in small amounts, but when it extends over time it’s very dangerous,” he said. “It disrupts our cycles of sleep and our regular routines in things like exercise and physical activity — all these things make it very difficult for the body to be resilient.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Spectrum News 1, April 2, 2021 (Video)
Life Skills Course Expanded to All 10 UC Campuses
UC students [can] earn college credit by learning strategies on how to craft a healthy mind and body. Dr. Mahtab Jafari, a UC Irvine professor of pharmaceutical sciences, invented the Life 101 course in 2013. She tells Inside the Issues she developed the course to give students concrete methods to boost their mental health and emotional intelligence while attending college. The two-unit course is available online at all UC campuses for the first time this winter quarter.

Orange County Business Journal, April 5, 2021
UCI Chief Innovation Officer Sudek Departs
Richard Sudek, the founding executive director of … UCI Beall Applied Innovation, has retired … In 2014, Sudek joined UCI and led the conversion of the university’s technology transfer branch into an outward-facing organization that served the broader Southern California community, in addition to UCI. The idea came from Don Beall … and championed by UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman, whose flexibility and willingness to provide resources allowed the organization to grow “big and fast,” Sudek said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Car and Driver, April 4, 2021
Running on Empty: There’s a Lot to Like About Hydrogen, If You Can Find It
Jack Brouwer, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine, says it’s “very unfortunate that the infrastructure has not been sufficient for quite a few people” who drive hydrogen-powered vehicles. Certainly, he says, it hasn’t grown as quickly as EV-charging infrastructure, with “many more millions spent” on those stations. In December, California pledged $115 million to add up to 111 more hydrogen-fueling stations by 2027. “I’d suggest it’s too slow, but it is coming along,” Brouwer says.

The Atlantic, April 4, 2021
Research Proves It: There’s No Such Thing as Noblesse Oblige
We’re playing Monopoly on a sunny pre-pandemic afternoon in [Paul] Piff’s modest office at UC Irvine. The 39-year-old [associate] psychology professor is an expert on how differences in wealth and status affect people’s values and behavior. … More than a decade ago, as a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of the UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner, Piff used a series of rigged Monopoly games to see how people would respond to being placed randomly into a position of privilege.

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