UCI News

Reuters, Dec. 18, 2018
Few elderly patients record treatment preferences before surgery
Dr. Lisa Gibbs, chief of geriatric medicine at the University of California, Irvine, was surprised that patients undergoing planned operations were no more likely to have documented their wishes than patients who had emergency surgeries. “When patients do not have advance care planning documents, family members can be surprised and overwhelmed if asked to make decisions that they have not considered before,” Gibbs, who was not involved in the study, said in an email. “Having prepared others for one’s wishes also prevents potential family discord and disagreement during times of crisis.”

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Dec. 18, 2018
Report Highlights UCI as a Forerunner in Achieving Socioeconomic Diversity
The 2018 ATI Impact Report evaluates the progress made during its first two years and examines enrollment trends among its members, according to an UCI release. UCI is listed as the leading institution that uses community college pipelines to expand socioeconomic diversity, with a transfer cohort of 2,957 students in fall 2017. “We are honored to be recognized as the top contributor to the ATI nationwide enrollment goal for our work with transfer students,” said Dr. Michael Dennin, vice provost for the Office of Teaching and Learning and dean of UCI’s Division of Undergraduate Education. “At UCI, student success is our top priority; and it is nice to see the data proving the impact of our efforts.”

ArsTechnica, Dec. 19, 2018
The economic impacts of climate change could limit climate change
A new study by University of California, Irvine’s Dawn Woodard, Steven Davis, and James Randerson takes a shot at figuring out how important this could be. Working from previously published numbers, they connect the dots and estimate the amount of greenhouse gas emission that could be prevented by the end of the century due to the impact of climate change itself.

New Security Beat, Dec. 19, 2018
50 Years of Water at Wilson: Water, Conflict, and Cooperation (Part 1 of 2)
Many defensive systems, such as dams, are underperforming or failing in the face of flooding and other natural disasters, said John Matthews, Lead and Co-Founder of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation. “The trouble is, we have a very limited understanding of exactly how near collapse, or breakdown, or failure, much of our infrastructure is,” said Richard Matthew, Director of the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation at University of California, Irvine.

Consumer Reports, Dec. 19, 2018
Is It Time to Rethink the Rules of Tipping?
Indeed, many workers who rely on tips oppose getting rid of them. A 2016 study from the University of California, Irvine, found that no-tipping policies, specifically those meant to abolish the tip credit and set a minimum wage of $15 per hour, may lower the overall income of servers, even those at mass-market chain restaurants. “The servers I interviewed reported median hourly wages of $30—the range was $18 to $50—with the wage going much higher at more upscale restaurants,” says the study’s author, Richard McKenzie, professor emeritus of economics and management at UC Irvine.

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