UCI News

KPCC, July 28, 2017
UCI researchers use stem cells as cancer-seeking missiles
Chemotherapy is brutal …. And as a result, patients are often left physically devastated. In a new study published in Science Translational Medicine, scientists at UC Irvine say they’ve come up with a way to use stem cells to help ameliorate those side effects. Think of it as a surgical strike with cancer-seeking missiles. Professor Weian Zhao and his colleagues from UC Irvine modified stem cells so that they’d be attracted to enzymes released by breast cancer tumors.

Healthline, July 28, 2017
Working on Puzzles Can Help Your Brain Feel ‘10 Years Younger’
Joshua Grill, PhD, co-director of UCI MIND and an associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, said association studies [like the Exeter study] are valuable and important for hypothesis generation.” However, he told Healthline, “they’re not instructive to neurologists writing a prescription to tell their older patients who are concerned about developing cognitive problems to do so many crossword puzzles per week.”

Science Magazine, July 28, 2017
From abalone to advocacy
Alyssa R. Frederick, doctoral student at the University of California, Irvine, writes: “After the upheaval in U.S. politics that unfolded last year, and which continues to develop, it became obvious to me that I needed to become a stronger advocate. … A number of my Ph.D. student colleagues study climate change in some way, so I proposed that we take a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with policymakers and climate experts.”

MSN, July 17, 2017
How an ex-FBI profiler helped put an innocent man behind bars
Profilers can help detectives narrow a list of suspects during an investigation, but relying on their conclusions at a criminal trial carries a significant risk if they’re wrong, said Simon Cole, who teaches criminology, law and society at UC Irvine and directs the National Registry of Exonerations. Cole reviewed Safarik’s testimony at Jennings’ trial for The Times and said the prosecution had used expert testimony to vouch for investigators’ theory about the crime. “I was a little appalled,” he said. “It was police work in the guise of an expert witness.”

KQED, July 27, 2017
Days of Future Past with Kronos Quartet and Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble
Flutist and composer Nicole Mitchell is exploring the future on “Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds.” … Mitchell grew up in Orange County and currently works as a professor of music in UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ integrated composition, improvisation and technology program. But she’s very much a product of the Chicago scene.

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