UCI News

America’s Greatest Makers, April 6, 2016
Kimberly and Nicole – Slapband
University of California, Irvine biomedical engineering students Nicole Mendoza and Kimberly Veliz are featured on America’s Greatest Makers. “We are both first generation college students … and we are biomedical engineers at the University of California, Irvine … we are passionate about finding solutions to medical problems. … So we made the Slapband. … The future of medicine is not in curing all disease but preventing it in the first place. The Slapband will be a tool that can help prevent heart disease.”

Orange County Register, April 6, 2016
E-sports for video gamers: UCI to hire coach, create arena, and offer 10 scholarships to top gamers for collegiate team
By next fall, UCI will offer a center with high-end gaming PCs, a stage for competitions and a live webcasting studio. … Last year, College Magazine ranked UCI as the top school in the nation for gamers. Saying “the Anteaters are a force to be reckoned with,” the magazine noted that UCI swept a national League of Legends competition three years straight.

Fortune, April 7, 2016
Where the ‘Fight For $15’ went wrong
David Neumark of the University of California, Irvine has spent decades studying the effects of minimum wages on labor markets. In a recent paper called “Policy levers to increase jobs and increase income from work after the Great Recession,” Neumark reviewed decades of literature on the subject and found that the vast majority of studies show that increasing minimum wages does cause job loss. Other policy levers, like government wage subsidies and hiring credits, however, don’t have those same adverse effects.

Orange County Register, April 7, 2016
Public unions dodge a bullet from high court
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, [writes]: The impact of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death was apparent when the Supreme Court, by a 4-4 tie last month, gave public-employee unions a huge victory. …When the court splits 4-4, the lower court’s decision is affirmed by an evenly divided court. … Public employees in California must continue to pay the share of the union dues that support the collective bargaining activities of the union.

The Wall Street Journal, April 4, 2016
Justices, all of eight of them, uphold ‘one person, one vote’ standard
Law professor Rick Hasen of University of California, Irvine, writing at Election Law Blog, said it’s significant that the high court left undecided the question of whether a state can use some measure other than total population.

National Association of College and University Business Officers, April 4, 2016
Wendell Brase on sustainable performance improvement at UC Irvine
Join us this week as we talk to Brase, vice chancellor of administration and business services at University of California, Irvine, about his work in developing the UCI model, and the key lessons he and his teams have learned about their own performance.

Previously “In the News”