UCI News

Daily Pilot, Dec. 2, 2021
Leave the wallet at home, soon you may be able to pay with a swipe of the sleeve
UC Irvine researchers detailed how they developed a flexible textile that allows clothing to communicate with nearby devices. … “This means you could potentially keep your phone in your pocket, and just by brushing your body against other textiles or readers, power and information can be transferred to and from your device.” said co-author Peter Tseng, UCI assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science. … Lead author Amirhossein Hajiaghajani, a UCI Ph.D student … said, “We want to create designs that not only are cool and inexpensive but can reduce the burden that modern electronics can bring to our lives.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Well + Good, Dec. 2, 2021
‘I’m an Epidemiologist, and This Is What We Know About Omicron So Far’
To help answer your most pressing omicron variant questions, we asked two experts—Karen Edwards, PhD, a professor and chair of the department of epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine, and Sri Banerjee, MD, PhD … to explain what the medical community understands about omicron thus far. … “[Omicron] may even be more efficient at transmitting itself, and it may surpass Delta—but we just don’t know yet, and that’s why this is a variant of concern,” says Edwards.

Teen Vogue, Dec. 2, 2021 (Op-ed)
Op-ed: Overturning Roe v. Wade Could Be a Death Sentence
Michele Goodwin, a legal [Chancellor’s] Professor at the University of California, Irvine, and author of Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood, recently wrote an op-ed for The New York Times about her own abortion story. Impregnated by her father after years of sexual abuse, Goodwin got an abortion at age 12, which she says saved her life. … Goodwin points out that more than 80% of the girls in some states’ juvenile justice systems have experienced sexual or physical violence. Neither Mississippi nor Texas’s abortion bans make exceptions for incest or rape, even though 80% of Americans consistently support these types of exceptions.

Inverse, Nov. 29, 2021
Physicists have detected a “ghost” particle at CERN for the first time
Jonathan Feng, a physicist at the University of California Irvine, saw an opportunity to capture new data. Enter: FASER (ForwArd Search ExpeRiment). Feng, the lead researcher on the FASER collaboration, originally dreamt up FASER as a way to capture a whole new class of supersymmetric particles. And while that achievement may very well still be in FASER’s future, the experiments first results released this month have confirmed the detection of six neutrinos at the LHC.

LA Weekly, Dec. 3, 2021
Conflict into poetry, disorientation into art: Revolution Everywhere and The Messiah Triangle at UCI
Two complementary exhibitions, Revolution Everywhere and The Messiah Triangle at UC Irvine galleries delve into the disorientation, sense of impending doom and ultimately hope in the Middle East and beyond. Juli Carson, UCI Professor of Art, curator and gallery director, explains, “The projects we commission provoke intelligent debate on the subject of art in its most expansive poetic and political definition.”

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