UCI News

Fox 5, Dec. 22, 2022 (Video)
UC Irvine athlete fighting leukemia, needs blood stem cell match
A college soccer player with San Diego ties is battling a rare form of Leukemia. Now, people in the community are trying to find her a bone marrow transplant. Jenika Davis is a freshman who plays for the UC Irvine Varsity Soccer Team. Her family needs help finding someone who can be a donor. Family, teammates, and coaches are desperate for a miracle with Christmas just around the corner.

Forbes, Dec. 22, 2022
University California Irvine 2023 Top Globally In Solutions That Scale
University of California, Irvine (UCI) is leading globally in 2023 with their campus-wide solutions-that-scale initiative, which I refer to as STS. STS is developing and cultivating transdisciplinary energy and environmental solutions that scale globally in response to climate change. … This globally unique and transformative model is detailed in my far-ranging “unscripted” chat, shared below, with James Bullock who co-founded STS. James is Dean of Physical Sciences and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UCI.

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 22, 2022
L.A. students’ grades are rising, but test scores are falling. Why the big disconnect?
“When policy drives such a focus on this testing … it can lead to a dehumanizing of the classroom and in a way limiting what students can learn because everybody is focused on test prep rather than teaching students more holistically,” said Doron Zinger, director of the CalTeach teacher preparation program at UC Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Backpacker, Dec. 21, 2022
Backpacker’s Most-Read Survival Stories of 2022
Could Social Media Be Landing Hikers in Danger? This Study Suggests So. Have you ever done something risky for the ‘gram? What about for TikTok? Or the bird app? Turns out social media might be influencing your actions. A group of researchers from the University of California, Irvine, investigated the link between search and rescue incidents, park visitation, and Twitter posts.

Daily Mail, Dec. 9, 2022How Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Grinch That Stole Christmas, and A Christmas Carol just MIGHT be possible, according to science
Therefore, Dr Kass has another theory – that the Grinch is actually part python, as their hearts ‘get really large to help them digest food’. In 2005, researchers at the University of California, Irvine discovered that Burmese pythons experience a 40 per cent increase in heart muscle mass within 48 hours of feeding. This means that blood is pumped around its body faster, helping it to ‘meet metabolic demands’ of digesting the large meal, before shrinking it back down again.

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