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KABC, July 29, 2022 (Video)
UCI researchers say this molecule could stimulate hair growth in possible treatment for baldness
At the University of California Irvine, a team of researchers said they have discovered a signaling molecule called SCUBE3 that actually stimulated hair growth in mice. … Maksim Plikus, Ph.D. UC Irvine professor of developmental & cell biology and one of the study’s authors [said] … “As a researcher, it’s often extremely exciting to find something that can have relevance to human health,” Plikus said. “It doesn’t happen every day, so when you find a piece of biology that is translatable to clinic, it’s very exciting and it’s a different level of excitement.”

The New York Times, July 31, 2022
Food Is Identity. For Korean Chefs Who Were Adopted, It’s Complicated.
An estimated 200,000 Koreans have been adopted globally since 1953, roughly three-quarters of them by parents in the United States, said Eleana J. Kim, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of “Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Katie Couric Media, July 29, 2022
Beyond Brain Fog: What the Pandemic Has Done to Our Memory
If you’re forgetting names and dates, or are just feeling a little less sharp than you once were, Michael Yassa, Ph.D., a professor of neurobiology at the University of California Irvine, has some very basic guidance. The pandemic altered many of our sleep patterns, so Yassa recommends slipping back into a good sleep routine, making sure you’re eating healthy and getting regular exercise. … “Ensuring that you’re leading a healthy lifestyle can go a long way to protecting an individual from a lot of these effects.”

NBC News, Aug. 1, 2022
In a key swing district, Katie Porter clashes with GOP opponent over inflation and ‘Orange County values’
“Orange County is so often a bellwether for national politics. Is there going to be a path back for these right-of-center, moderate, wealthy, suburban voters given how much the current Republican agenda has done to alienate them?” said Graeme Boushey, [an associate] professor of political science at the nearby University of California, Irvine. “I’m skeptical there is that path back. But we can never down-weight pocketbook issues.”

MarketWatch, Aug. 1, 2022
Must be ‘fit and active’ or ‘digital native’: how ageist language keeps older workers out
Ageism is wrong. Age discrimination is illegal. But if you are or have been an older job seeker and you suspect your age is a barrier to getting job offers, your instincts aren’t wrong. “Ageism is a real thing,” says David Neumark, economist [and Distinguished Professor] at the University of California, Irvine, in an interview. “People know it’s out there.”

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