UCI News

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 28, 2020
In Orange County, Kobe Bryant grew from basketball’s enfant terrible into a ‘typical dad’
At the Anteater Recreation Center on the campus of UC Irvine, staff and students were taking the news of [Kobe] Bryant’s passing “pretty hard,” according to Campus recreation director Greg Rothberg. Bryant had trained alongside undergrads for years. “I think that it just speaks to him thinking of himself as an everyman as [much as] possible,” Rothberg said. “He was happy to more or less hang out with students and experience that life.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Reuters, Jan. 28, 2020
Weight-loss surgery may improve breathing problems
Even so, the results suggest improved respiratory function might be an added benefit of weight loss surgery, said Dr. Ninh Nguyen of the University of California Irvine Medical Center. Breathing is harder for obese people because the fat tissue around the rib cage and abdomen leads to obstructions in the large and small airways, Nguyen, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

New York Post, Jan. 25, 2020
Generation Z is bigger than millennials — and they’re out to change the world
There are more than 60 colleges and universities in the US that recruit esports players — those who excel at online multiplayer games like “Fortnite” and “League of Legends” — in the same way they do varsity athletes. At the University of California, Irvine, gifted gamers qualify for scholarships worth up to $6,000 to play on the school’s varsity team, and they play in front of sold-out crowds on a 3,500-square-foot arena on campus that the school built in 2016.

Inc., Jan. 28, 2020
3 Ways to Unleash High-Impact Work in 2020
Our devices are constant sources of distraction and context shifting. A study spearheaded by Gloria Mark of the University of California, Irvine found that it takes more than 20 minutes to recover from a distraction and return to the original task.

Kansas City Star, Jan. 29, 2020
Who should count? Details of Missouri GOP redistricting plan could mean big changes
“I don’t know if putting one person, one vote into the state constitution is intended to serve as a predicate for citizen-only districting, but it’s certainly a possibility,” said Rick Hasen, a professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine. “What is the alternative explanation?” “If you switch to a voter or citizen standard,” Hasen said, “you’d shift power from mostly Democratic cities to mostly Republican rural counties, where you’d find fewer non-citizens and fewer children as well.”

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