UCI News

Yahoo Style UK, Jan. 2, 2020
Alzheimer’s vaccine could be trialled on humans in two years
A team from the University of California, Irvine, developed a jab that removed tell-tale dementia plaques from the brains of mice. These plaques are formed by “clumping” of the naturally-occurring protein amyloid beta, as well as tangles of the protein tau. Together, these are thought to trigger neurodegeneration and ultimately cognitive decline. After administering the vaccine, levels of both amyloid beta and tau declined in the rodents.

Orange County Register, Dec. 23, 2019
Most Influential: Meet Orange County’s 100 top influencers for 2019
[UCI Alumna] Jennifer Friend. Having experienced homelessness as a child, Friend is the CEO, founder and driving force of Project Hope Alliance, which in 2019 partnered with Newport Mesa Unified School District to serve students experiencing homelessness in all 32 of its schools. Project Hope Alliance also teamed up with Second Harvest Food Bank to open a fresh food pantry at Fullerton’s Pacific Drive Elementary. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Forbes, Dec. 31, 2019 (Contributor)
The Decade Of The Microbiome
With the rise of microbiome research centers across the country, two biologists at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) decided to create and lead the Microbiome Centers Consortium. Research across multiple fields using techniques and methods related to microbiome science is rapidly changing. The UCI biologists thought that a consortium to share innovations, challenges, and solutions could improve the quality and quantity of academic microbiome research.

University Business, Dec. 30, 2019
4 esports infrastructure models for college teams
And how do higher ed’s esports powerhouses get started? Kathy Chaing, esports assistant director at the University of California, Irvine, said her school wanted to create a self-sustainable facility that could generate revenue. … “The main goal was to create a home for gamers on campus and to let people learn more about esports,” Chiang says.

Daily Pilot, Dec. 23, 2019 (Opinion)
Commentary: There’s a strong connection between holiday consumerism and modern slavery
Richard Matthew, faculty director of UC Irvine’s Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation writes, “There is no doubt that we might pay a little more for some of the commodities most closely associated with slavery — tea from India, shrimp from Thailand, textiles from Bangladesh, chocolate from West Africa. But we also will be liberating hundreds of people living in our own country, enslaved as sex workers, maids and casual farm laborers. This type of liberation is not only a moral imperative, it’s a smart economic decision.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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