UCI News

Cronkite News, Dec. 17, 2019
ASU esports seeks official program status with more institutional support
Outside of Arizona, schools like UCI have been heavily involved with esports for years. It launched its varsity program in 2016, when esports were still young …. A five-pillar focus on competition, academics and research, community, entertainment and careers ensures any who participate in UCI Esports get a well-rounded experience that prioritizes education. … As a result of their dedication, the university has become leading examples for esports programs in the country.

Orange County Business Journal, Dec. 16, 2019 (Interview)
The Real Buzz on Cannabis
Danielle Piomelli, a professor of anatomy and neurobiology at UCI, has a $9.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effects of cannabis on adolescents’ brains. … Piomelli and Bob Solomon, clinical professor of law, are co-chairs of UCI’s Center for the Study of Cannabis, which was established last year. They recently spoke with Business Journal Executive Editor Peter J. Brennan. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, Dec. 17, 2019
Experts look at Angel Stadium deal before Anaheim council’s big vote Friday
UC Irvine economics professor Amihai Glazer wondered why the city just went with the appraisal and didn’t ask for competitive bids for the property’s purchase. That might give a better idea of how much the land is worth, and another developer might have different ideas of what to build. The mayor and City Council majority have been adamant keeping the team in town is a priority. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CNBC, Dec. 17, 2019
What Trump’s tax returns might reveal if the Supreme Court allows access
“What you can see from the individual Form 1040 are the types and sources of income, including whether the taxpayer has capital gains or dividend income,” said Joshua D. Blank, professor of law at the University of California, Irvine. “What you can’t see is wealth,” he said. “We tax people based on annual income and not total wealth.”

Marie Claire, Dec. 13, 2019
How the Female Founders in Meghan Markle’s Closet Launched Their Companies
[UCI alumna] Bianca Gates, Cofounder and CEO, Birdies. Growing up, fashion was a representation of status for Bianca Gates. Her parents were Latin American immigrants and she says they didn’t have a lot of money. … Gates set three goals for herself: make money, gain independence, and do good work to help others. She commuted by bus to University of California, Irvine, from her parents’ Orange County home and, after working in sales post-graduation, she eventually landed at Facebook. … The idea that eventually became Gates’ company, Birdies, started as more of an obsession.

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