UCI News

Daily Pilot, Feb. 15, 2019
Virtual reality puts UC Irvine medical students in the body of a patient
“We have always wanted our students to put themselves in their patients’ shoes,” said Warren Wiechmann, UC Irvine associate dean of clinical science education. “With this technology you essentially become the patient. Because it is a virtual reality environment, and it is fully immersive, it feels like you are there.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Times, Feb. 18, 2019
Rare L.A. mega-storm could overwhelm dam and flood dozens of cities, experts say
Such was the conclusion of a study conducted by UC Irvine researchers …. After examining 13 California reservoirs — most of them over 50 years old — the authors argued that the risk of dam failure was likely to increase in a warming climate. The study cited the 2017 crisis at Oroville Dam, when extreme water flows caused the dam spillway to disintegrate and triggered the evacuation of more than 180,000 people. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

ABC12, Feb. 15, 2019
Other tech companies may be biggest winners in Amazon and New York City’s HQ2 debacle
“There are lots and lots of ways a city can make life miserable for a local company,” said Amihai Glazer, an economics professor and director of the corporate welfare program and the University of California, Irvine. … Glazer noted Amazon is not announcing another site for the HQ2 development that was planned for Long Island City. “It sounds like they don’t want this massive investment in the first place…,” he said. “I think Amazon is having second thoughts about the whole idea.”

ABC, Feb. 18, 2019
Australian citizens are unwitting ‘combatants’ in cyberspace, Defence boss says
The cybersecurity threat could come to resemble the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II, suggested Bryan Cunningham, executive director of the Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine. … “If there’s a significant cyber conflict, a ‘Cyber World War’ if you will — we’re going to be in that same situation [as Dunkirk],” Mr Cunningham told the ABC. At least in the beginning stages of an online conflict, he suggested, it will be civilians and civilian infrastructure under attack and by necessity it will be civilians that defend it.

Forbes, Feb. 15, 2019 (Contributor)
Protip: If They’re Working to Get You Fired, They’re Not Your Friends
First, according to the very simple version of the labor market economists teach in introductory economics courses, a minimum wage raises quantity supplied and reduces quantity demanded. The minimum wage, therefore, reduces employment. It’s a robust thesis with ample empirical support from (for example) University of California-Irvine economist David Neumark and Texas A&M University economist Jonathan Meer, both of whom are affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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