UCI News

Newsweek, Dec. 7, 2017
Improve Brain Function By Playing Super Mario And Other Video Games, Science Says
“By playing video games that actually center around these kind of complex, 3D worlds,” Dane Clemenson, a postdoctoral scholar-fellow at University of California, Irvine’s Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, said in a video, “you’re exercising the same processes that you would use to learn about real-world space.”

Time, Dec. 8, 2017
The Downside of Having an Almost Perfect Memory
James McGaugh, a research professor in neurobiology and behavior at the University of California, Irvine …. began studying HSAM in 2000, after a young woman named Jill Price contacted him about her memory “problem.” … Even in the years since, and even with plenty of additional media coverage, less than 100 people have been diagnosed with the condition. “That shows you how rare it is,” says McGaugh, “that millions of people have heard about this, and yet we can only find a tiny number who fit the criteria.”

Innovation & Tech Today, Dec. 4, 2017
Cyberspace’s ‘Whodunnit’ Problem
Bryan Cunningham is the first Executive Director of UCI’s multidisciplinary Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute, focused on solution-oriented strategies address technical, legal and policy challenges to combat cyber threats, protect individual privacy and civil liberties, maintain public safety and economic and national security and empower Americans to take better control of their digital security.

Quartz, Dec. 8, 2017
FICO is running a competition with Google to fix how credit is granted
The company announced yesterday (Dec. 7) the Explainable Machine Learning Challenge, a call for AI developers to take a portion of the company’s data and build a new, more transparent algorithm to predict whether customers would be able to repay a line of credit up to $150,000. The challenge is in partnership with Google, University of Oxford, Imperial College London, MIT, UC Berkeley, and UC Irvine.

Orange County Business Journal, Dec. 4, 2017
Bang: You’re a TV Star
Fourteen million Americans watched CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” last Thurs. night, a number inflated a smidge by friends and students of Jonathan Feng. The UCI physics prof. is a fan of BBT, long-running CBS sitcom about physicist at Caltech …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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