UCI News

Fortune, Jan. 29, 2019
E-Sports Is the New Premed
But with billions of dollars invested in video games, plus the huge money that fans splurge on game-related merchandise, careers in e-sports are booming. As a result, colleges are increasingly adding classes that are focused on e-sports, or the competitive side of video gaming. For example, in recent years, both the University of California at Irvine and Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario, introduced e-sports certificate programs, a step short of a full degree.

Popular Science, Jan. 29, 2019
Record cold temperatures don’t mean the planet isn’t warming
“The weather frequently changes from day-to-day or even hour-to-hour, while changes in our climate occur in the long-term, such as over 30 year periods,” says Zachary Labe, a climate scientist at the University of California, Irvine. “Therefore, we cannot say that one cold outbreak or weather event is evidence for or against climate change.”

Orange County Business Journal, Jan. 28, 2019
Private Sector Focus For UCI Pharma
University of California-Irvine has a vision for what the future of healthcare will look like, at least on its campus—an interdisciplinary approach to care and research comprised of four disciplines within its college of health sciences. … [Jan] Hirsch will oversee the effort to build the pharmacy school, which UCI expects to be approved within the next two to three years. It will join three other related schools at UCI’s Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Pittsburgh 100, Jan. 28, 2019
Study finds potential health benefits to fasting
A little bit of hunger might just be good for your health, according to a new study. Researchers at University of California, Irvine found evidence that “optimal fasting in a timed manner would be strategic to positively affect cellular functions and protect against aging-associated diseases.” In the study, mice were subjected to 24-hour periods of fasting, during which they exhibited a reduction in oxygen consumption and energy expenditure, matching results observed in humans.

Physics World, Jan. 28, 2019
US graduate entry exams not a predictor of PhD success, says study
The physics department at the University of California, Irvine, has recently voted to completely exclude the physics GRE from its admissions process. James Bullock, head of physics, told Physics World that the department had seen “no correlation between physics GRE score and success, as measured by several different measures”, such as securing post-doctoral positions after graduation. Bullock says that he understands from colleagues that physics departments at other universities have also been discussing whether to drop the GRE from their admissions criteria.

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