UCI in the News – Feb. 16, 2017

The Conversation, Feb. 15, 2017
How robots could help chronically ill kids attend school
Veronica Newhart,
Ph.D. candidate in education and Mark Warschauer, professor of education and informatics, UCI, [write]: “Telepresence robots allow their users to see, hear, move around and interact in real time with people in faraway places. They offer a way to finally include chronically ill children in traditional school learning environments.”

Seeker, Feb. 15, 2017
Canada’s glaciers are melting 900 percent faster since 2005
The research was conducted by scientists at the University of California, Irvine, and published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Research Letters. “Prior to 2005, the rate of mass loss was low,” the authors wrote. “After 2005, the mass loss increased markedly to transform the [Queen Elizabeth Islands] into a major contributor to sea level change.”

Orange County Register, Feb. 14, 2017
UCI study could result in scarless healing
Researchers at UC Irvine and the University of Pennsylvania have discovered a natural cellular regeneration process in mice that could one day result in scarless healing for humans. … [Maksim] Plikus said the regeneration ability of large wounds may have evolved to help animals survive since development of hairless, fatless scars would lead to heat loss in the wild. “It’s kind of a survival strategy,” he said.

Los Angeles Times, Feb. 14, 2017
Puppeteers allege Disney is closing show at California Adventure over union activities
Catherine Fisk, a professor at the UC Irvine School of Law and a labor expert, said Disney appears to be on solid legal ground. “One might be skeptical given the timing,” …. “But the law allows employers to change their business model or close down part of their operation and do something else instead.”

WebMD, Feb. 8, 2017
Is a clinical trial for epilepsy right for you?
“These treatments can include new medications, new surgical devices and procedures, as well as diet modifications to reduce seizures,” says Sumeet Vadera, MD, assistant professor of neurological surgery and director of epilepsy surgery at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

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