UCI News

Face the Nation/CBS News, July 19, 2020 (Video)
Incoming University of California president says standardized tests “don’t tell the whole picture”

I understand you taught a course on civil rights … “Yes, I taught the course that began when I was the chancellor at the University of California, Irvine, and then moved that course with me to the Ohio State University. And, of course, when I taught, my co-teacher was the dean of the law school in both cases. And the course was on civil rights, The Supreme Court, and the music of the civil rights era. And we went through from 1954 to 1968, the milestones in the civil rights movement,” [says University of California Board of Regents President Michael Drake]. Transcript available here.

CNN, July 18, 2020
Medical residency is always hard; now 38,000 trainees are starting during a pandemic
“Earlier this month, I — along with 38,000 or so other medical school graduates — officially began medical residency training here in the United States. … To prepare, I reached out to a few residency program directors and other national leaders in graduate medical education. All of them stressed the fact that, even during normal times, residency is tough. …  Now, as the Covid pandemic continues to unfold, it is more important than ever that we remember why we were drawn to medicine, [says UCI School of Medicine alumnus Dr. Mark Lieber].

Yahoo News (ANI), July 19, 2020
Cannabis shows potential for mitigating sickle cell disease pain
The recent research was co-led by the University of California, Irvine researcher Kalpna Gupta and Dr. Donald Abrams of UC San Francisco. … “These trial results show that vaporised cannabis appears to be generally safe,” said Gupta, a professor of medicine on the faculty of UCI’s Center for the Study of Cannabis. “They also suggest that sickle cell patients may be able to mitigate their pain with cannabis — and that cannabis might help society address the public health crisis related to opioids. Of course, we still need larger studies with more participants to give us a better picture of how cannabis could benefit people with chronic pain.”

The Tech Talks Daily Podcast, Player.FM, July 19, 2020 (Audio)
1277: Neil Sahota – Repositioning A.I. for social good
Neil Sahota is an IBM Master Inventor, United Nations (U.N.) Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) Advisor and Faculty at UC Irvine. … We talk about creating a “Tech for Good” mindset to drive social enterprise/entrepreneurship and building the ecosystem to bring business, technologists, and government together to solve problems. Neil also shares why Moonshots are good but we also need “Earthshots” – solutions to help tackle some of the big problems of our planet and society.

Arizona Republic, July 20, 2020
The science behind the time travel rom-com ‘Palm Springs,’ explained by expert physicists
Daniel Whiteson, a professor of particle physics at University of California Irvine, broke down the possible scientific explanations behind the time loop that forces characters Nyles (Samberg) and Sarah (Milioti) to relive the same day forever. “It’s possible to have these closed time loops in general relativity,” Whiteson said, talking about Albert Einstein’s 1915 theory of general relativity that provides the bedrock of modern physics and our understanding of the universe.

Previously “In the News”