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Orange County Register, July 30, 2019
Your future surgeon could be one of these local high school students
Twenty-four students with an interest in medicine are going through a two-week Summer Surgery Program at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange. The program, started seven years ago by Dr. Jaime Landman, brings in students to learn and practice surgical skills such as suturing wounds, taking needle biopsies and using minimally invasive devices including the da Vinci robot. “We take them from interested (in medicine) to uber passionate,” said Landman, a professor and chairman of the Department of Urology at UC Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

BBC – Future, Aug. 2, 2019 (Video)
The man who can remember every day of his life
But how does this happen? One theory is that we all have the same information stored in our minds, we just can’t access it, explains James McGaugh, a professor of neurobiology at University of California, Irvine. “We call it highly superior autobiographical memory. They can describe most of the days of their life, as you and I can describe yesterday.” Learn more by watching the video above.

NPR, Aug. 3, 2019 (Audio)
The Fed Is Cutting Interest Rates. Why That Matters
We wanted to talk more about this, especially the reaction to the rate cut and why it matters, so we’ve called Gary Richardson. He’s a professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine. He was also the historian for the Federal Reserve system from 2012 to 2016.

OC Weekly, Aug. 5, 2019
Million-Dollar Gift Extends UCI Saliva Lab’s Lithium Research Capabilities
Douglas Granger, the institute’s director and the UCI Chancellor’s Professor of Psychological Science, Pediatrics and Public Health, is co-leading the research project with Elizabeth Thomas,[UCI visiting associate researcher] and a trained pharmacologist who got her Ph.D. at Irvine …. “Lithium is one of the most effective and affordable treatments for bipolar disorder and has decades of history of preventing suicide in patients,” says Thomas, who acknowledges monitoring lithium levels can be a difficult task. “If you don’t have enough lithium in your system, it doesn’t benefit you, but you have too much, it can be toxic.”

The Atlantic, Aug. 5, 2019
Lessons From Moscow: How China Might Handle Hong Kong
Jeffrey Kopstein, chair of the department of political science at UCI and Jeffrey Wasserstrom, [who] teaches Chinese history and world history at UCI, write “History does not repeat itself, in part because situations are always changing and current actors are aware of what has happened before. Still, as specialists in the history and politics of Eastern Europe and East Asia, respectively, we think it is useful in this case to look to the old Soviet bloc as well as to China’s own past when grappling with possible developments in Hong Kong.”

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