UCI News

Discover, Aug. 7, 2018
Connected Learning Summit
Nonetheless, despite all the different paths, the conference felt like one community, something conference organizer Constance Steinkuehler, professor of education and game-based learning at the University of California–Irvine, emphasized on a panel. She said the conference was about building relationships. … Another conference organizer, Kurt Squire, Professor at The University of California, Irvine, member of the Connected Learning Laboratory, commented that the conference was about people coming together on equal footing to solve problems.

CNBC, Aug. 7, 2018
It’s ‘inevitable’ that esports will be part of the Olympics, Logitech CEO says
University of California, Irvine, whose acting esports program director Mark Deppe appeared on “Mad Money” in January, was one of the first universities to offer esports scholarships, awarding gamers $5,610 and $2,500 to join its League of Legends and Overwatch teams, respectively.

Circa, Aug. 7, 2018
Trump’s water policy tweets spur debate, confusion amid record wildfire
Amir AghaKouchak, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine, recently co-authored a study in “Science Advances” showing that regions facing drought conditions have warmed four times faster than parts of the country with average weather conditions. That combined effect of heat waves and droughts is contributing to an uptick in the severity of wildfires in California. “Fires are getting more frequent, more intense,” he said. “Not only that, the fire season is changing.”

Engadget, Aug. 7, 2018
Your smartphone is a ‘security blanket’ for your social life
Why? It might have to do with what the phone represents. It’s a symbol of your “larger personal network,” [UCI] doctoral candidate John Hunter said. It may represent all the people you’d like to reach out to when you’re feeling isolated.

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 7, 2018
Review: ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with a lesbian twist at New Swan Shakespeare in Irvine
Eli Simon, the artistic director of the New Swan Shakespeare Festival, held outdoors in a charmingly makeshift Elizabethan theater on the UC Irvine campus, stages their sylvan shenanigans with festive fluidity. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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