UCI News

Mental Floss, Nov. 30, 2018
11 Secrets of Hollywood Science Advisors
Before she became advisor on the TV show 12 Monkeys, Sophia Gad-Nasr, an astroparticle physicist at UC Irvine, was just a regular viewer talking about the episodes on social media. “I really liked it and I tweeted about it, so the showrunner reached out to me and let me know they were in need of a science advisor,” she says.

The London School of Economics and Political Science, Dec. 2018 (Book review)
Social Ecology in the Digital Age: Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World – Book Review
Daniel Stokols, Research Professor and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology at University of California, Irvine (UCI), is one of the most renowned experts in this field of science. With his current book Social Ecology in the Digital Age, he again proves to be an ingenious thinker who has advanced Social Ecology time and again with innovative theories, concepts as well as approaches to empirical research. … From a first-person narrative, the book is written in a very engaging and motivating way, and provides a lot of biographical experiences and personal insights, detailing Stokol’s own four-decade academic journey.

Better Nutrition, Dec. 1, 2018
Trends to Watch December 2018
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, and Japan’s University of Tsukuba found that even very light workouts can increase the connectivity between parts of the brain responsible for memory formation and storage. Their results were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. … “The hippocampus is critical for the creation of new memories; it’s one of the first regions of the brain to deteriorate as we get older—and much more severely in Alzheimer’s disease,” said project co-leader Michael Yassa.

NJ.com, Dec. 1, 2018
Some businesses want to make you pay with a credit card or your phone by not accepting cash. N.J. could soon ban that.
Bill Maurer, a professor at the University of California-Irvine who directs the school’s Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, said many businesses go cashless for “speed and convenience.” That especially includes quick-service restaurants that are “trying to move people through quickly,” Maurer said. … “In going cashless, you are kind of self-selecting a clientele that’s gonna be a little more higher end, spend some more money,” Maurer said.

Scientific American, Dec. 2, 2018
First CRISPR Babies: 6 Questions That Remain
“There might be some women excited by the possibility of taking part in this research,” said Judith Daar, at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine and School of Law, at a summit satellite session when asked whether the controversy might dissuade women from donating eggs for research in the future. “The instinct is to say this is a debacle and could suppress participation. But I’m always amazed by the diverse reactions,” she added.

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