UCI News

Orange County Register, Feb. 16, 2020
New $185 million complex at UCI will unite health sciences programs
One of the biggest single projects in UC Irvine’s history will bring together its array of health sciences disciplines, uniting its existing school of medicine with the growing nursing school and fledgling programs expected to launch later as schools of pharmacy and population/public health. …“The vision here is that we are creating a physical and programmatic structure that does not yet exist anywhere in the United States,” UCI Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Steve Goldstein said. “Instead of being siloed, the future of health care is bringing these disciplines together.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Business Journal, Feb. 17, 2020
Revived UCI Sleep Center Focuses on Mental Issues
[Dr. Ruth] Benca, who is chair of the Psychiatry and Human Behavior School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine in 2018 restarted the UCI sleep center. She’s designed a new, 6,000-square foot facility in Newport Beach … and has recruited doctors from a variety of fields, such as Dr. Kevin Im, who won a 2014 national award for a sleep study, Dr. Rami Khayat, the center’s medical director and expert on the effects of sleep apnea on cardiovascular diseases, and Dr. Behrouz Jafari, an expert in pulmonology. “We’ve built this beautiful facility and have an all-star group of physicians,” Benca said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Big Picture Science, Feb. 17, 2020 (Audio)
Climate Changed
Have you adapted to the changing climate? Rising waters, more destructive wildfires, record-breaking heatwaves. Scientists have long predicted these events, but reporting on climate change has moved from prediction to description. There’s no time for dwelling on “we should haves.” Communities and organizations are being forced to adapt. … Guests: James Randerson – Professor of Earth Science, University of California, Irvine …. Segments: Part 1: James Randerson / World Aflame.

Science, Feb. 15, 2020
Crime did not surge when California became a ‘sanctuary state’
Research had already shown that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens, and that crime rates did not change significantly in cities that adopted similar sanctuary laws. But Charis Kubrin, a criminologist at the University of California, Irvine, set out to survey the impact across the entire state. … Kubrin and her UC Irvine co-author Bradley Bartos compared California with a “synthetic version” of itself lacking SB54. … The results … Kubrin says are “the first of their kind,” ….

KQED, Feb. 14, 2020
Medicare and ‘Free College’ – Why Are Democrats So Split?
UC Irvine professor Peter Ditto agrees. He studies partisan political bias — how political ideology biases our political judgments and behavior. Ditto said that while most Americans identify with a political philosophy or party, they really “have a hodgepodge of beliefs and attitudes.” … So while a large percentage of voters identify as liberal, or Democrat, that doesn’t mean they all agree with the idea of “free” programs. And liberals and conservatives have different ideas of what is fair, Ditto said.

Previously “In the News”