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U.S. News & World Report, July 26, 2019
Mobile Apps Could Transform California’s Mental Health System
“(New technologies have) the potential to reach many more people, who have diverse socio-demographic backgrounds and needs, offers revolutionary ways for augmenting current service models, engaging people in their own care, monitoring response to treatment, and predicting future illness,” Dr. Dana Mukamel and Dr. Dara Sorkin, who lead the University of California-Irvine’s Translational Technologies Enhancing High Quality Care program, told U.S. News in an email. “These new technologies have the potential to ‘free’ the (mental health services) system, so to speak, from geographic and time constraints,” Dr. Dana Mukamel and Dr. Dara Sorkin, co-principal investigators on the CalMHSA project, called “Help & Hand,” ….

The Washington Post, July 26, 2019
Europe’s heat wave is about to bake the Arctic
Zack Labe, a climate researcher at the University of California at Irvine who focuses on Arctic climate change, says the upcoming Arctic heat wave could have major ramifications and may push sea ice to another record low at the end of the melt season. … “A massive upper-level ridge will position itself across the North Atlantic and eventually Greenland in the next few days. This negative North Atlantic Oscillation-like pattern will be associated with well above average temperatures in Greenland,” [Labe says.]  [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CityLab, July 26, 2019
Can Pete Buttigieg Fix America’s Vacancy Problem?
“You have inequality generally, but you have a specific trend in inequality, which is geographic disparity,” says Mehrsa Baradaran, a professor at the University of California-Irvine … “Some cities are just unaffordably high, where the property values skyrocket. In others, there’s a lot of abandoned, vacant property. You can’t sell them for $5,000,” Baradaran says.

Daily Pilot, July 26, 2019
UCI electrical engineering team looks ‘Beyond 5G’ with new wireless transceiver
A team at UC Irvine has invented a new, wireless transceiver that pushes beyond even recently deployed 5G cell phone technology. … Current high-speed transmitters and receivers in telecommunication are dependent on power-hungry digital signal processing according to Payam Heydari, senior author and professor of electrical engineering and computer science [at the University of California, Irvine.] “Everything is done in the digital, and then it was about two [and-a-half] years ago that I questioned this very important, but fundamental thought,” he said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Spectrum News, July 29, 2019 (Video)
Vietnamese Family Reunited in US After 15 Years Apart
Stories like this one motivated Professor Linda Vo at the University of California, Irvine, to create an oral history project titled “Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project.”  The project focuses on Vietnamese refugees who resettled in Orange County, which is home to the largest population of Vietnamese Americans. … “In many ways, I’m doing this for the future generation so that they know our community’s history and we’re continuing to ask questions,” said Dr. Linda Vo.

Previously “In the News”