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Inverse, Dec. 20, 2019
Raising the tobacco age to 21 could have lasting effects on teen brains|
he three years between 18 and 21 are crucial for brain development. As a consequence, this small change could help prevent a powerful nicotine addiction from taking hold, [Professor] Francis Leslie, a neuropharmacologist at the University of California Irvine, says. “Using tobacco while the brain is immature can negatively impact brain development and have long-term negative consequences, so delaying is protective from that perspective,” Leslie tells Inverse.

Ghana Web, Dec. 20, 2019
19-year-old Ghanaian creates system to predict and diagnose breast cancer
A Ghanaian teenager, who taught himself software programming, has designed a predictive analytics model using artificial intelligence to diagnose breast cancer. … The model was tested “using breast cancer datasets containing over 500 samples of malignant and benign tumour cells available on the machine learning repository maintained by the University of California, Irvine,” according to Tech TV Africa.

Nature, Dec. 20, 2019
Low-carbon, virtual science conference tries to recreate social buzz
Hundreds of attendees watched circadian biologist [UCI Donald Bren Professor] Paolo Sassone-Corsi give his keynote talk at a scientific meeting last month. But barely one-fifth of them were sitting in the lecture hall in Munich, Germany, where he spoke. The others were viewing from virtual hubs across 18 time zones. The five-hour ‘pop-up’ conference on 18 November was an experiment to test the feasibility of making scientific meetings virtual, in a bid to cut the heavy carbon footprints created by attendees’ air travel.

Texas Standard, Dec. 18, 2019
A New Study Has Found That Grief Is Common But Rarely Recognized In Veterans
That didn’t come as a surprise to Pauline Lubens, the University of California, Irvine researcher who interviewed [Jesus] Medina and other veterans about grief. “We think of soldiers as these warriors that don’t have emotions, but we’re dead wrong about that,” she said. … The study, co-authored with UCI psychological science professor Roxane Cohen Silver, found that post 9/11 veterans who lost fellow service members both to combat and suicide dealt with the losses differently. Combat loss was easier to accept than suicide.

EdSource, Dec. 20, 2019
The long road to college from California’s small towns
In Shasta County, the North State Together initiative has paid off for Emiliano Alanis, a senior at Anderson New Technology High School who applied to four UC schools this fall. The son of Mexican immigrants, he and his sisters are the first members of the family to go beyond 6th grade. Emiliano’s dream is to go to UC Irvine and enroll in its math teacher education program.

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