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ABC7, Jan. 3, 2020 (Video)
Esophageal cancer or severe heartburn? Less invasive procedure could be ‘game changer’
“A lot of people live with reflux, live with Barrett’s esophagus, live with esophageal cancer and they just don’t know it,” said Dr. Jason Samarasena, a gastroenterologist at UC Irvine. Previously, the only way to detect esophageal cancer was an endoscopy, which requires the patient to be sedated for a few hours. But the new Cytosponge takes just seven minutes and the patient is awake the entire time.

MIT Technology Review, Jan. 2, 2020
A virtual version of da Vinci’s mystery glass orb has helped explain its weirdness
Leonardo [da Vinci] was well aware of the way glass refracts light. Indeed, his notebooks are filled with depictions of the way light bounces off and refracts from various objects. And this raises the question of why he drew the orb in this way. Today, we get an answer thanks to the work of Marco Liang and colleagues at the University of California, Irvine. This group has used computer graphics software to reproduce the scene in three dimensions and then studied how light would be refracted through orbs of different kinds.

Orange County Register, Jan. 3, 2020
Hundreds have died from lethal drugs since death with dignity became law in California
Right-to-die law, on the books since mid-2016, was galvanized by the death of UC Irvine grad Brittany Maynard. Maynard became the face of the movement. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Berkeley in 2006 and a master’s in education from UC Irvine in 2010. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

NPR, Jan. 5, 2020 (Audio)
When Applying For College Is Especially Difficult
NPR’s Sarah McCammon talks with high school senior Kayla Sasser and law professor Mehrsa Baradaran about the challenge of answering college applications questions for disadvantaged students. … [Mehrsa] Baradaran is now a law professor at the University of California Irvine. But she was the first in her family to go to college. And she remembers struggling through her own applications. So Kayla’s story struck a nerve. And last week, Baradaran posted on Twitter about some of the hidden hurdles in the college application process.

Tampa Bay Times, Jan. 4, 2020
Why do people wind up back in jail? In Pasco, USF researchers try to find out
A study published early last year in the Annual Review of Criminology showed that researchers of incarceration have focused almost solely on prisons, leaving jails chronically under-researched, even though more than 12 million people are jailed in the United States every year. “It’s challenging to study,” said Kristin Turney, a sociologist and associate professor at the University of California, Irvine who co-wrote the Annual Review of Criminology study. “There’s a lot of instability in the population. There’s a lot of churn in and out of jails.”

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