Reuters, Aug. 1, 2019
For some surgeries, hospital rankings not tied to better outcomes
When it comes to common gastrointestinal operations, such as weight loss surgery, a U.S. hospital’s ranking may not equate with better outcomes, a new study suggests. For patients undergoing several common minimally-invasive abdominal surgeries, rates of death and serious complications at hospitals ranked high in the U.S. News and World Report annual “top 50” list for this specialty were no better than at non-ranked hospitals, according to the study published in JAMA Surgery. … Still, the study does show that you don’t need to worry if you can’t go to one of the top-ranked hospitals for your surgery, said study coauthor Dr. Ninh Nguyen, a professor of surgery and chair of the department of surgery at the University of California Irvine Medical Center.
Daily Pilot, Aug. 1, 2019
‘Queering the Orange’ exhibit about county’s LGBTQ history opens at UCI’s Langson Library
“Queering the Orange,” curated by the UCI Libraries Diversity Team, focuses on the history of the county’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer residents as they found each other before the advent of the internet, fought countywide and on campus for their rights and found the voices to tell their own stories. … Krystal Tribbett, curator for Orange County Regional History at UCI said she felt it was important to have the collection because of student interest in social justice issues and communities outside of their own, as well as discussions about identity. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Space.com, Aug. 2, 2019
Satellites Go with the Flow in This Amazingly Accurate Map of Antarctica’s Ice
“This product will help climate scientists achieve a number of goals, such as a better determination of the boundaries between glaciers and a thorough evaluation of regional atmospheric climate models over the entire continent,” Eric Rignot, co-author of the study, said in the statement. Rignot is also chair and professor of Earth System Science at UCI and a JPL senior research scientist.
Mashable, Aug. 1, 2019
Greenland’s melting hits overdrive
“Broadly-speaking, this summer has not been surprising to me at all,” agreed Zack Labe, a climate scientist and Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Irvine. Labe noted that climate models from the 1970s predicted accelerated warming in the Arctic. This entire Arctic summer has been significantly warmer than usual, and now there’s boosted warmth from a climate-enhanced heat wave. Continued, major melting events are a realistic future. “This [warming] is projected to continue without a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions,” Labe added.
National Geographic, Aug. 1, 2019
Seeking silence on a California road trip
I wanted more of less, so I set my GPS for the University of California, Irvine, where there is a room so silent—an anechoic chamber lined with sound-absorbing insulation to smother acoustic waves—it can reportedly drive a person crazy. At the Department of Cognitive Sciences’ Conscious Systems Lab, I meet a pair of Ph.D.’s, Kourosh Saberi and Haleh Farahbod, who study how perceptual systems such as hearing, speech, and language emerge from brain function. Crucial to my curiosity, they have an anechoic chamber located in their basement.
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