UCI News

Daily Pilot, July 31, 2019
High school students try their hands as surgeons during summer program at UCI Medical Center
UCI Medical Center hosts the annual summer program to provide a “hands-on” opportunity for students age 16 and older to explore the medical and surgical fields. Participants have the opportunity to learn basic surgical skills, anatomy and how to perform CPR, as well as receive basic life support certifications over the two-week course. … The program dates back to 2012 and was created under the direction of [Dr. Jaime] Landman, a UCI professor who also chairs the urology department. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

New Scientist, July 31, 2019 (Subscription required)
Opinion: Is reality real? How evolution blinds us to the truth about the world
Donald Hoffman, UCI professor of cognitive science writes, “What is the relationship between the world out there and my internal experience of it – between objective and subjective reality? … Experiments my collaborators and I have performed to test the form of sensory perception that evolution has given us suggest a startling conclusion …. that we may all be gripped by a collective delusion about the nature of the material world. If that is correct, it could have ramifications across the breadth of science – from how consciousness arises to the nature of quantum …”

The Wall Street Journal, July 30, 2019
California Requires Trump to Release Tax Returns for Spot on Primary Ballot
“I think it’s very uncertain whether it’s unconstitutional or not,” said Rick Hasen, an election law professor at the University of California, Irvine. “I would not bet on it surviving.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

The Conversation, Aug. 1, 2019
Why science needs the humanities to solve climate change
Steven D. Allison, UCI professor of Earth system science and Tyrus Miller, dean, UCI School of Humanities write, “In our view, solving the world’s climate problems will require tapping into brainpower beyond science. That’s why the two of us – an ecologist and a humanities dean – are teaming up to rethink climate solutions. Recently we developed a program to embed humanities graduate students in science teams, an idea that climate research centers are also exploring.”

OC Weekly, Aug. 1, 2019
How Sea-Level Rise Will Change Orange County
“Coastal communities face huge uncertainties,” said Brett Sanders, a civil and environmental engineering professor at UC Irvine. “Engineers aren’t used to designing within that uncertainty. But you can do something small for now, like increase the height of the seawall a little to provide protection against high-tide events. You may be able to design a better system in the future.” … Sanders’ main effort these days seems to be trying to understand how municipalities deal with sand. To that end, his current project, which is funded by NOAA, is on how communities can manage sediment to mitigate the effects of sea-level rise.

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