UCI News

Orange County Register, Feb. 5, 2020
Busting the myth of Orange County’s ‘suburban sprawl’
“The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metropolitan area has a pretty uniform level of density, whereas a lot of major metropolitan areas have a much steeper density gradient,” said Nicholas J. Marantz, assistant professor in UC Irvine’s Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy. Imagine New York or Boston, where the ultra-dense central city rapidly depopulates as you move out from the core. “That’s essentially why we’re so dense,” Marantz said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Bloomberg, Feb. 6, 2020 (Podcast)
Election Meltdown in the Iowa Caucuses
Professor Richard Hasen of the University of California, Irvine Law School, discusses the chaos in the Iowa caucuses and his new book, “Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy.” He speaks to host June Grasso.

USA Today, Feb. 6, 2020
Scientists have discovered an unusual ‘monster’ galaxy from the early universe
As for what happens to the galaxy next, researchers say it could gravitationally attract nearby star-forming galaxies and become a bright city of galaxies. “Perhaps during the following 11.7 billion years of cosmic history, XMM-2599 will become the central member of one of the brightest and most massive clusters of galaxies in the local universe,” said study co-author Michael Cooper, a professor of astronomy at the University of California Irvine. “Alternatively, it could continue to exist in isolation,” Cooper said. “Or we could have a scenario that lies between these two outcomes.”

Renal and Urology News, Feb. 5, 2020 (Commentary)
Twice-Weekly Hemodialysis Is Gaining Acceptance
[UCI School of Medicine Professor] Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, PhD, MPH, writes, “In 2014, several colleagues and I published the first consensus paper on twice-weekly and incremental HD in the American Journal of Kidney Disease. The paper included 10 eligibility criteria for transition to a twice-weekly regimen. At the same time, my team at the University of California Irvine (UCI) started the first incremental dialysis transition program in the United States using these criteria. … Today, the incremental dialysis model we introduced at UCI is being used in many of the 7000 dialysis units across the nation.”

Popular Science, Feb. 5, 2020
These infrared images show just how alive butterflies’ wings are
“They’re very much able to sense heat on their wings,” says [Professor] Adriana Briscoe, an evolutionary biologist at University of California, Irvine who wasn’t involved with the study. “It’s super cool to show that [butterflies] both sense the heat and respond behaviorally, looking in detail at the physiological basis of it.” Briscoe recently published a different study that also examined butterfly thermoregulation, though her team focused on behavior within real-life habitats. A warming world will challenge butterflies as they adapt to their local environments, Briscoe says.

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