UCI News

Quartz, July 11, 2019
Scientists may have found a better way to spot early signs of dementia: our eyes
In addition to the eye itself, the brain’s interpretation of images could also serve as an indication of brain health. “The eye isn’t a camera,” says Alyssa Brewer, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine. “The brain fills in all kinds of info based on prior experience and expectation about how things normally look.” This trick likely has an evolutionary purpose: It makes it much easier for us to quickly suss out our environment, and in particular to pick out faces.

Daily Herald, July 11, 2019
UCI child neurologist Dr. Tallie Z. Baram is awarded $15 million Conte Center grant
The National Institute of Mental Health has awarded Dr. Tallie Z. Baram of the University of California, Irvine a five-year, $15 million Silvio O. Conte Center grant. The funding will allow her interdisciplinary team to continue studying how unpredictable parental and environmental signals influence an infant’s vulnerability later in life to cognitive and emotional problems, such as risky behaviors, addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Futurity, July 11, 2019
9/11 Stories Show How ‘Near Misses’ Can Be Traumatic
It’s difficult to study near-miss experiences because of the challenges involved in finding a representative sample, but 9/11 provided [Michael] Poulin and coauthor Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of psychological science, medicine, and public health at the University of California, Irvine, an opportunity to conduct rigorous research on the phenomenon, even though neither were interested in doing so at first.

The Atlantic, July 11, 2019
The Slackification of the American Home
Melissa Mazmanian, an informatics professor at UC Irvine, agrees. “The way that we imagine knowledge work and more and more kinds of work is really about coordination and collaboration across distance, across people’s different time commitments, managing attention, figuring out who’s going to do what when,” she says. “And that style of work … It’s very similar to family life, if you think about it.” Perhaps one’s children and direct reports are not so different after all.

EdSource, July 11, 2019
University of California considers ways to increase tuition but with a price freeze guarantee
This is not the first time that such a tuition strategy was suggested for UC. In 2012, a UC Irvine alumnus began gathering signatures for a proposed state constitutional amendment requiring such plans at all public colleges and universities in California. That drive failed to qualify for the ballot.

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