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BBC, Dec. 12, 2019
Denman Glacier: Deepest point on land found in Antarctica
“This is undoubtedly the most accurate portrait yet of what lies beneath Antarctica’s ice sheet,” said Dr Mathieu Morlighem [UCI assistant professor], who’s worked on the project for six years. The University of California, Irvine, researcher is presenting his new compilation, called “BedMachine Antarctica”, here at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting. It is also being published simultaneously in the journal Nature Geoscience. The map essentially fills all of the gaps in airborne surveys of the continent.

Spectrum News1, Dec. 11, 2019 (Video)
Scientists from UC Campuses Study Floods, Flood Socioeconomics
UC Irvine Professor Brett Sanders says …. the data will help urban planning and public policy researchers to see how millions of people living in those high-flood risk areas could be affected. UC Irvine Professor Richard Matthew says that list could include, “their employment, their housing, their health, their transportation, their credit scores.” Matthew says history has shown poor communities fare far worse than wealthy communities. “We could take steps that reduce the vulnerability of the poorest people in our country,” Matthew said.

Orange County Bar Association, Dec. 2019
Meet George Choriatis: Health Sciences Counsel at UCI
Today, George [Choriatis], through his capacity as Health Science Counsel at UCI, says he “represents the University in matters relating to its healthcare enterprise including its academic medical center, school of medicine and related legal operations.” … When I asked George how he handles having so much on his plate, he replied: “I love my job!” He explained how great working at UCI as a lawyer is: “I think the greatest benefit to working at UCI is knowing you are working and supporting a world-class enterprise that discovers life-changing cures and improves health and well-being of our communities in Orange County and worldwide.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Atlantic, Dec. 12, 2019
A ‘Mic Drop’ on a Theory of Language Evolution
“There was always this idea,” says Greg Hickok, a cognitive-science professor at the University of California at Irvine who was not involved in the study, “that there was one thing that had to happen and that released the linguistic abilities.” … Hickok said that when he was being trained in linguistics, “this was an established, almost dogmatic idea.” The new study is a dramatic reversal of the status quo, he said: “The phrase that came to mind when I finished it was mic drop.”

Hyperallergic, Dec. 11, 2019
Best of 2020: Our Top 20 Los Angeles Art Shows
14. American Monumentat Beall Center for Art + Technology, University of California, Irvine. October 5, 2019–February 8, 2020. Curated by lauren woods. … University of California, Irvine has finally unveiled woods’s ambitious exhibition, a monument to Black lives lost to police brutality.  The museum is filled with custom-made records spinning on turntables, each playing a recording of the victim’s confrontation with police right before they were killed.

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