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ABC7, Jan. 23, 2019 (Video)
UCI School of Medicine’s culinary class gives doctors practical skills to help patients live healthier lives
A unique class at UCI School of Medicine called Culinary Medicine hopes to give doctors practical skills so they can help their patients live healthier lives. The class is taught at the direction of Dr. David Kilgore, dietitian Kim Stone and Chef Jessica VanRoo. The idea is to integrate nutrition into the students’ medical practice as a tool to treat chronic conditions. … “Medical school is exactly the right place to teach this. This is powerful 21st century medicine,” said Kilgore.

The New York Times (AP), Jan. 24, 2019
4 Nevada Killings Put Neighbors on Edge, No Motive Disclosed
Since the first days of his presidency, Trump has repeatedly pointed to crimes committed by immigrants in the country illegally to argue that the U.S. needs a border wall and tougher immigration policies. … University of California, Irvine, sociology professor Ruben Rumbaut co-authored a recent study that said crime rates fell sharply from 1990 to 2015 at a time when illegal immigration spiked. Crime rates were low in immigrant-rich and border cities like El Paso, Texas, and San Diego. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Quanta Magazine, Jan. 23, 2019
Gene Drives Work in Mice (if They’re Female)
Anthony James, a molecular geneticist at the University of California, Irvine, said that, with some improvements, active genetics should eventually be useful for producing the complex lab animals that diverse fields need for their genetic studies, providing a far more efficient alternative to today’s techniques. (James collaborated with Gantz and Bier on an experimental anti-malaria gene drive for mosquitoes in 2015.) … “Regular old CRISPR is good for modifying a gene that’s already in there,” he said. “But if you want to add genes, or swap them out and replace them, the gene drive system would be much better for that.”

PBS Newshour (AP), Jan. 23, 2019
Virginia’s redistricting plan, picked by court, could shift some districts toward Democrats
University of California, Irvine political science professor Bernard Grofman was chosen as a special master after the GOP-controlled General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam were unable to reach an agreement on a redistricting plan. Grofman has said redrawing the lines of the districts also affected some surrounding districts, resulting in a total of 26 districts being redrawn.

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 24, 2019
Automation is a bigger threat to inland California workers, study finds
On the more optimistic side, Vijay Gurbaxani, director of UC Irvine’s Center for Digital Transformation, said, “Digital technologies have the potential to greatly increase productivity and growth. AI is being touted as the next big thing, and I believe it is. Tasks will be automated but not in easily predicted ways,” Gurbaxani said  [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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