UCI News

The New Yorker, July 22, 2019
The Assassin Next Door
Héctor Tobar, professor of English and Latino studies at UCI writes, “When you live next to someone, you share with him a set of circumstances. My family’s immigrant journey and [James Earl] Ray’s path to murder are part of the history of a neighborhood and a country. Whereas Ray denied any commonality with the black people around him, I believe I have no choice but to study the white people around me, and to understand them as part of my American story—even the men and women who hate and slander my people. Like many other Latino residents of this country, I derive a sense of power from observing the lives of people who cannot see the full measure of my humanity.”

Science, July 26, 2019
Scientific seminars equip judges to counter opioid crisis
Craig Stark, a neurobiologist who directs two brain imaging centers at the University of California, Irvine … [said] “Our job as researchers is to try to understand the world around us,” Stark said. “In isolation, that’s great, but if you actually have something that you can do to try to make society better, you really owe it to yourself and to society to do that. If it can help our system be fairer—punish the people who should be and not punish the people who shouldn’t—yeah, I’m going to do it.”

Romper, July 25, 2019
Toddlers May Not Give A Totally Honest Answer When You Ask This Kind Of Question, Study Finds
In an interview with Futurity, Emily Sumner, the study’s lead author and a doctoral candidate in cognitive sciences at the University of California, Irvine, said the differences between verbal and nonverbal answers was likely related to children’s working memory. “When a child is pointing, they can see the options and choose their actual preference,” Sumner told Futurity. “When they have no visual references and only hear ‘or,’ they’re able to hold onto the most recently mentioned option by depending on the phonological loop.”

OC Weekly, July 26, 2019
UC Irvine Profs Study Hawai’i False Missile Alert Anxiety
Now, a new study published in the journal American Psychologist by UC Irvine researchers Nickolas M. Jones (who is now at Princeton) and Roxane Cohen Silver quantifies the anxiety residents felt after the false alert. …  “Low prealert anxiety users expressed more anxiety at the onset of the alert and for longer relative to other groups,” states the study. “Moreover, anxiety remained elevated for at least 7 days postalert. Taken together, findings suggest that false alarms of inescapable and dangerous threats are anxiety-provoking and that this anxiety can persist for many people after the threat is dispelled.”

National Geographic, July 25, 2019
Alaskan glaciers melting 100 times faster than previously thought
“To be able to scan an entire glacier face repeatedly over the summer is not easy,” says Eric Rignot, a glaciologist at the University of California, Irvine who was not involved with the study. Too much ice in front of the glacier means “the boat can’t push through the ice,” says Rignot. Sometimes that meant the boat suddenly had to retreat from the face of the glacier, while scientists crossed their fingers that the equipment wasn’t sheared off into the water.

Previously “In the News”