Orange County Register, Aug. 10, 2016
UC Irvine breaks record with $527 million in funding
Recently listed by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s 10 best public universities, UCI received $395 million in grants and contracts and $132.5 million in gifts – both school records. … The $40 million Orange County philanthropists Sue and Bill Gross donated was the largest private gift in school history – funds that will be used to establish the nursing school and accompanying health science facility.
Los Angeles Times, Aug. 10, 2016
Why Delta’s outage caused such widespread headaches
The Times turned to industry experts [including] Jan Brueckner, an economics professor at UC Irvine …. Why was the impact of this computer shutdown so widespread? Brueckner: Following a series of mergers over the past decade, 80 percent of all domestic travel is now controlled by four major carriers. They are, in order of passenger traffic, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. When airlines get big, as current airlines are, when they have a problem it affects lots of people.
CBS Los Angeles, Aug. 9, 2016
Trump picks UC Irvine professor for economic team
A professor at UC Irvine is quickly becoming a key player on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s economic team. Peter Navarro, a professor of economics and public policy at UC Irvine’s business school, is among the 13 people helping shape the nominee’s economic platform. He is the only academic among a team of real estate and finance executives, and others from the private sector.
Orange County Register, Aug. 11, 2016
Deadly air: Thousands killed in Southern California each year by pollution, report finds
Also troubling for Orange County is that pollution is expected to get worse here because of population growth and drought-fueled wildfires, according to Michael Kleinman, a UC Irvine occupational and environmental medicine professor who studies inhalation of toxins. “We have more traffic; we have more cars. It’s inevitable to have more emissions and more output,” Kleinman said. “When you have more fires and they’re more intense, there’s more exposure to people throughout the South Coast Air Basin, and Orange County is not immune.”
CNN, Aug. 11, 2016
Paraplegics moving again years after injuries
In a separate proof-of-concept study … scientists in California demonstrated that a brain-computer interface system could be used to allow a paraplegic patient to take steps using nothing but a brain-controlled muscle stimulator. “The study by Nicolelis and colleagues employs very similar methodologies with the addition of tactile feedback,” said Zoran Nenadic, an associate professor of bioengineering at the University of California, Irvine, who led the proof-of-concept research and was not involved in the new study.
Sporting News, Aug. 11, 2016
College scholarships for eSports? Yes, this is a real thing that’s happening.
Even major universities are on board with the idea. The University of California, Irvine will give $5,600 eSports scholarships to 10 students, the AJC reports. Not just that, but the students will represent the school at video game competitions, which UCI claims makes it the first school to put such an offer on the table. “It is a chance to be the best at something that is going to be bigger than traditional sports,” Mark Deppe, acting director of UCI’s eSports program, told the AJC.
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