Motherboard, Feb. 14, 2017
Canada’s melting glaciers are causing sea level rise around the world
Glaciologists from the University of California, Irvine found that the surface melt from ice caps and glaciers in the Queen Elizabeth Islands (in the Canadian Arctic archipelago) grew by 900 percent between 2005 and 2015, from three gigatons up to 30 gigatons per year. … “After 2005, we saw a drastic increase in surface melt due to an increase in air temperature,” [said] author Romain Millan, a Ph.D. candidate at UC Irvine ….
Orange County Register, Feb. 14, 2017
How scientists are using virtual reality to show people effects of global warming
“It doesn’t take much to trick your brain into feeling you’re somewhere else,” said Matt Bailey, director of communications and ecosystem development at UC Irvine’s Applied Innovation, which connects the school’s research projects with practical uses in the business and scientific communities.
Quartz, Feb. 15, 2017
Chinese students in the US are using “inclusion” and “diversity” to oppose a Dalai Lama graduation speech
“If there were an objection to the Dalai Lama speaking on campus 10 years ago, you would not have seen the objection from Chinese students being framed within the rhetoric of diversity and inclusion,” says Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom, who researches modern Chinese history at the University of California, Irvine. “There is a borrowing of rhetorical strategies.”
Science, Feb. 14, 2017
Drop in foreign applicants worries U.S. engineering schools
At the University of California, Irvine, overall international applications “are on par with last year,” says Frances Leslie, dean of the graduate school. International applications to its school of information and computer sciences are actually up by 9 percent, thanks to a new professional master’s program. But engineering has seen a drop of 10 percent.
OC Weekly, Feb. 14, 2017
Guess which scary movies helped UC Irvine brain researchers track fear?
“Most studies focus on each brain region in isolation,” adds Jack Lin, a UCI professor of neurology and the senior author. … “This is the first study in humans to delineate the mechanism by which our brain processes fear at the circuitry level,” Lin says. “This has huge implications for treating neuropsychiatric disorders.”
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