UCI News

Southern California Public Radio, July 22, 2016
AirTalk listeners look back on a wild week in Cleveland
Donald Trump closed out the Republican National Convention last night with the longest acceptance speech since 1972. … Did his depiction of the country and his pitch that he’s the one to fix it connect with Southern Californians? … Guests: Louis Desipio, Director, Center for the Study of Democracy at University of California, Irvine.

Daily Pilot, July 23, 2016
Rams’ return begins with training camp at UCI
At UC Irvine, football fans proudly and jokingly claim that the Anteaters have been undefeated for 50 years. In 1965, UCI’s founding class voted no to having a football team. But this summer, there will be a team on campus. The Los Angeles Rams, freshly returned from a two-decade stay in St. Louis, will prepare for the 2016 National Football League season with a month-long training camp at UCI. … The Rams will hold a series of practices open to the public, the first of which is set for 3:30 p.m. July 30.

Glamour, July 22, 2016
How a self-taught hacker escaped a cult
Erika Hayasaki, associate professor of literary journalism at the University of California, Irvine, [writes]: The computer Shyama Rose got for her 14th birthday was a boxy Macintosh Quadra 650. The year was 1994. People didn’t email; there was no Facebook; the founders of Google hadn’t even met. And news of the emerging World Wide Web hadn’t yet made its way inside the gates of Barsana Dham, the religious compound in Austin, Texas, where she lived.

The Los Angeles Review of Books, July 22, 2016
Chinese nationalism and the colonel’s chicken
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, [Chancellor’s Professor of history, writes]: One thing that began happening this week, though, has definitely triggered powerful 1999 flashbacks − protesters in various cities lashing out at Kentucky Fried Chicken as a symbol of America.

The New Yorker, July 24, 2016
Could brain training prevent dementia?
“That’s a spectacular finding,” Susanne Jaeggi, the director of the Working Memory and Plasticity Laboratory at the University of California, Irvine, and one of the signatories of the 2014 consensus statement, told me. “We didn’t have any evidence that computerized training had any preventive effects on dementia. You could argue that this study provides evidence that it is possible.”

Southern California Public Radio, July 22, 2016
Sexy scary wings
Can colors be scary and sexy at the same time? … Yes!  At least for butterflies. While a graduate student at the University of California, Irvine, Susan Finkbeiner decided to learn more.  For instance, which is more important when it comes to protection − color or pattern? She and colleagues created various model Heliconius wings.

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