UCI News

April 10, 2019, 10:00PM
Watch – Ozone Hole: How We Saved the Planet
The forgotten story of the hole in the ozone layer – and how the world came together to fix it. The scientists and politicians who persuaded Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher to take action reveal how the planetary problem was solved. … Interviewees include Secretary George Shultz, who persuaded President Reagan to phase out CFC chemical production; Professor Mario Molina, who won the Nobel Prize for identifying the CFC problem …. Streaming on PBSSoCal.org and on the free PBS App.

Daily Pilot, April 8, 2019
UC Irvine professor provides research that helps update database documenting the colonial-era slave trade
“Now we’re able to see this all across the Spanish colonies from Mexico to Buenos Aires, this significance of internal slave trade,” said UCI associate professor Alex Borucki, who co-led the database research and contributed about 750 entries. “Ships from other places in the Americas – from British, Dutch and Portuguese colonies into the Spanish colonies. That’s something that was known but in a fragmented way. Now we have a consistent tool that we can do comparative research with.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

ABC, April 5, 2019
Tiananmen Square and Youth Day: China braces for a year of significant yet difficult anniversaries
[UCI] Professor [Jeffrey] Wasserstrom said Mr. Xu was not unlike the professors who inspired the student protesters back in 1919, making his suspension so close to the May Fourth centenary all the more ironic. … He said the crackdown on both student activism and critical academics has led to a new low point for intellectual freedom in China. … “It’s a really bleak moment. It is the most distressing moment for these kinds of issues, certainly since the period right after the 1989 massacre,” Professor Wasserstrom said.

THE Journal, April 4, 2019
Esports Scholarship Focuses on Sports Medicine, Gamer Wellbeing
With esports exploding in popularity, Hyperice is making an investment in the education of students in the community. The performance technology company is creating a program at University of California Irvine to award two students with partial scholarships focusing on health and wellness. Qualified individuals are expected to have a background in sports medicine. As part of the scholarship program, Hyperice will be working with UCI to collaboratively develop gamer-specific sports medicine content, educational workshops tutorials and protocols.

Daily Mail, April 8, 2019
Not just genetics: The neighborhood where children grow up can predict educational and health outcomes – including mental disorders and teen pregnancy, study finds
‘Children who grew up in worse-off neighborhoods were more likely to become obese by age 18, but they did not carry a higher genetic risk for obesity than their peers living in more advantaged neighborhoods,’ said author Candice Odgers, of the University of California, Irvine’s Department of Psychological Science.

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