Orange County Register, Feb. 15, 2016
‘I think and then I walk’: UCI experiment marks the first time a paraplegic walks by brain control
“This is a significant first step,” said UCI neurologist An Do, one of the lead researchers. “It’s a good starting point to see if this is something that’s going to work in a larger population of people.” … Zoran Nenadic, the other lead researcher and UCI biomedical engineering associate professor, said the computer algorithm was designed to use statistics to sort through subtle differences in brain waves to determine if Fritz’s intention was to walk or to remain still.
The New York Times, Feb. 13, 2016
Scalia’s Supreme Court seat and the next frontier in political hardball
But even if a Republican refusal to confirm a nominee by Mr. Obama would not bring the government to a stop, it would still be a major political struggle − a “stress test for our system of separation of powers,” said Richard Hasen, a University of California, Irvine, law professor ….
The Washington Post, Feb. 16, 2016
How the ‘Obama effect’ helps Hillary Clinton, and hurts Bernie Sanders, with black voters
Michael Tesler, assistant professor of political science at UC Irvine, [writes]: Hillary Clinton has strongly embraced President Obama’s record. Campaigning as the one true defender of the president’s legacy, she mentioned him a whopping 21 times in last week’s Democratic debate, while chastising her opponent, Bernie Sanders, for criticizing the Obama administration.
reddit, Feb. 15, 2016
Global scarcity of key life source far worse than thought, new study finds
The new publication follows a pair of NASA studies led by researchers from the University of California, Irvine that showed that the impacts of global warming along with growing demand has caused the world’s water supply to drop to dangerous levels. … Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said … “We need to get our heads together on how we manage groundwater … because we’re running out of it.”
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 16, 2016
That time the president came to Los Angeles…
Check out below Obama giving the commencement speech in 2014 at UC Irvine (OK, so it’s not exactly L.A.), a dripping wet JFK emerging from the Pacific, and FDR at the Hollywood Bowl — along with several other presidents in between.
Previously “In the News”