UCI News

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 17, 2019
Climate change fears propel scientists out of the lab and into the streets
In the 1970s, the late UC Irvine chemist F. Sherwood Rowland helped figure out that compounds in aerosol sprays were destroying the ozone layer — work that led to a Nobel Prize. Not content just to publish in scientific journals, he called for phasing out the harmful chemicals, known as chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs. His actions drew criticism from his colleagues, but he stood his ground. “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions, if in the end all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” Rowland famously told the New Yorker in a 1986 interview. (The following year, countries signed an international agreement banning CFCs that allowed the ozone hole to recover.) [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Becker’s Hospital Review, Dec. 13, 2019
100 hospitals and health systems with great neurosurgery and spine programs | 2019
UCI Health is the only academic health system in Orange County, Calif., and UCI Medical Center’s neurosurgery department was recognized as high performing by U.S. News & World Report in 2019-20. The department of neurological surgery includes Orange County’s first comprehensive stroke center, granted certification by The Joint Commission, as well as active research in neuro-oncology and spinal cord injury. The department frequently collaborates with other research organizations, such as UC Irvine’s Reeve-Irvine Research Center, which is working to find new treatments for spinal cord injury.

The New York Times, Dec. 16, 2019
The Tax Break for Children, Except the Ones Who Need It Most
The National Academy of Sciences, a group created to convey the scholarly consensus, recently concluded that raising incomes of poor families has “been shown to improve child well-being.” Reviewing dozens of studies, it found child benefits as varied as better test scores and graduation rates, less drug use, and higher earnings and employment as adults. While findings vary, “the weight of the evidence shows additional resources help the kids,” said Greg Duncan, an economist at the University of California-Irvine who led the study. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Orange County Business Journal, Dec. 16, 2019
UCI’s Palczewski: Sight for Sore Eyes
Krzysztof Palczewski, Ph.D., sees the world quite differently than the rest of us. … His work has been cited more than 46,000 times in professional and academic journals. At the UCI Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, which is part of UCI Health, he holds the Irving H. Leopold Chair in Ophthalmology. … He continues to pick up awards. In October, Palczewski was elected into the National Academy of Medicine, which is one of the highest distinctions for academic medical professionals. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

University Business, Dec. 17, 2019
How AI in libraries provides answers on campus
Student relaxation is not the main function of the University of California, Irvine’s groundbreaking library chatbot. But the managers of ANTswers—the artificial intelligence in the libraries that’s named after the school’s Peter the Anteater mascot—don’t mind that students sometimes ask “him” silly questions, says Danielle Kane, a research librarian who created the tool. … ANTswers launched six years ago as one of the first higher ed library chatbots, and is just one way artificial intelligence in the libraries in enhancing service in higher ed.

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