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The Washington Post, Jan. 14, 2019
Ice loss from Antarctica has sextupled since the 1970s, new research finds
“I don’t want to be alarmist,” said Eric Rignot, an Earth-systems scientist for the University of California at Irvine and NASA who led the work. But he said the weaknesses that researchers have detected in East Antarctica — home to the largest ice sheet on the planet — deserve deeper study. “The places undergoing changes in Antarctica are not limited to just a couple places,” Rignot said. “They seem to be more extensive than what we thought. That, to me, seems to be reason for concern.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Daily Pilot, Jan. 14, 2019
UC Irvine linguist uses language and DNA to trace Latin America’s African roots
During his 30 years at UCI, a major outcome of [UCI professor Armin] Schwegler’s work has been reconstructing Latin America’s African past through the history of Palenque, a 400-year-old Colombian community established by people of African ancestry who escaped the slave trade. Using their language, Palenquero, Schwegler was able to find clues that helped determine the origins of the language and, subsequently, of the people who spoke it. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Coastal Living, Jan. 15, 2019
Watching Too Much Hurricane Coverage Could Be Detrimental to Your Health
“Individuals who anticipated being particularly stressed afterward were paying a lot more attention to the media in that pre-storm period, at a time when uncertainty was high, and the media was sensational,” Roxane Cohen Silver, a professor of psychological science at the University of California Irvine, and the senior author of the study, told the Tampa Bay Times.

Forbes, Dec. 26, 2018  (Contributor)
Kin Euphorics Promises Benefits of Booze With No Hangover
Scientifically, however, it’s difficult to say what, if any, impact there might be from drinking Kin. Mahtab Jafari, Professor and Vice Chair of pharmaceutical studies at the University of California at Irvine, says the bottom line is “there are no conclusive, well-designed clinical studies” that have evaluated Kin’s claims about their nootropic and adaptogenic blend.

The Washington Post, Jan. 14, 2019
After the death of a student, SAE fraternity is suspended at UC-Irvine
The University of California at Irvine has suspended a fraternity after a student’s death at an off-campus home. … UC-Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman sent an email to campus Saturday saying that “our collective hearts are broken” and that university leaders had reached out to the family with condolences. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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