UCI News

Daily Mail, Feb. 16, 2018
Memory creation in ageing brains could be restored by lifting `brake pad´
A study by researchers from the University of California – Irvine provides new insights into why older brains lose their ability to encode information to be stored in the brain as we age. The DNA contained into each cell in the body has a harder time releasing itself as needed and is “no longer as flexible as it used to be”, Dr Marcelo Wood, senior author of the study, said. The stiffness is caused by a “molecular brake pad” called HDAC3 which has become “overeager” in compacting the DNA.

Los Angeles Times, Feb. 18, 2018
Focus on Dreamers breeds resentment from other immigrants here illegally
The question of who should be allowed to become members of American society has historically been contested, provoking divisions even among movements that seem otherwise unified like immigrant rights, said Leo R. Chavez, a professor of anthropology who focuses on immigration at UC Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Boston Globe, Feb. 17, 2018
Ed Markey’s career-long fight against nuclear weapons
“Markey is one of the real congressional stalwarts on this,“ said David S. Meyer, a University of California, Irvine professor, who had lunch with the then-congressman about the effort to freeze the development of nuclear weapons in 1982, and has been following his career ever since. “I can’t think of somebody who has been doing it longer and more consistently than he has.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, Feb. 20, 2018
Here’s how food waste at UCI, some supermarkets is being converted into electricity
For the 30,000 students eating meals at the University of California, Irvine, throwing away food is no longer considered a waste. It’s recycling. The university, along with supermarkets, food pantries, commercial catering businesses and restaurants throughout Southern California, are feeding a new kind of recycling revolution that turns food scraps into fuel, frees up landfill space and reduces air pollution.

The New York Times, Feb. 19, 2018
Court-Drawn Map in Pennsylvania May Lift Democrats’ House Chances
Rick Hasen, a professor of law and political science at the University of California at Irvine, was also skeptical that there are plausible legal avenues for Republicans. “It is hard to see where Republicans go from here to successfully fight these maps,” Mr. Hasen wrote on his blog. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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