UCI News

NBC 4, July 15, 2019
Corona Woman to Become Teacher After Surgery Frees Her of Seizures
Thanks to Dr. Jack Lin, director of the UCI Health Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, she has been seizure free for one year. Thanks to a series of surgeries, Lin was able to pinpoint the part of the brain that was causing Williams seizures. Once found, he was then able to remove what he called the problematic tissues. For Williams, the decision to go under the knife was an easy one.

The Washington Post, July 16, 2019
How much should juries rely on expert testimony?
Simon A. Cole, Department of Criminology, University of California at Irvine; Law & Society; National Registry of Exonerations. I think that fingerprint associations have probative value and that we can use fingerprint evidence in a just way. But for a century we have not done so. We first mislead juries about the probability of error (“zero error rate”). [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, July 11, 2019
Whicker: Paula Smith has a tough job, but UCI athletic director says it’s worth the wait
On June 6, UC Irvine ended its “national search” for an athletic director. … [Paula] Smith thus joined 39 other women in charge of athletic departments, at the place where Linda Dempsay was the first in Division I, back in 1977. … “I played basketball and volleyball in high school, but I wasn’t thinking of sports as part of my future experience,” Smith said. “I was listed as five feet tall. Don’t quote me on the actual number.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Washington Post, July 16, 2019
How quickly can AI solve a Rubik’s Cube? In less time than it took you to read this headline.
This week, the University of California at Irvine announced that an artificial intelligence system solved the puzzle in just over a second, besting the current human world record by more than two seconds. “Artificial intelligence can defeat the world’s best human chess and Go players, but some of the more difficult puzzles, such as the Rubik’s Cube, had not been solved by computers, so we thought they were open for AI approaches,” senior author Pierre Baldi, a professor of computer science [at UCI]… [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, July 16, 2019
New Swan Shakespeare Festival in Irvine is a rite of summer
One festival that elevates beyond mere bucolic delights is the New Swan Shakespeare Festival in Irvine. Under the astute guidance of Artistic Director and Founder Eli Simon, the Swan is in its eighth year with a two-play repertory program that has grown to nearly 50 performances per season. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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