UCI News

CBS Los Angeles, July 6, 2017
UC Irvine To Offer Scholarship Program To Overwatch Players
This fall, the University of California, Irvine, will begin to offer an Overwatch-based scholarship program to their students. … “We are very excited to take this next step in growing our scholarship program for top gamers who are also strong students and great members of our community,” Mark Deppe, Acting Director of UCI eSports told ESPN.com.

Financial Times, July 5, 2017
The smart money: are we on the cusp of a cashless society? (Subscription required)
Editors [UCI professor] Bill Maurer and Lana Swartz describe the book as “the catalog for an exhibition that never happened”, and while I can imagine galleries filled with ticket stubs, cancelled cheques and archaic cash machines, the display cases for bitcoin, “Sharing” and “Ether” would probably be far less compelling than these chapters. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Rare, July 6, 2017
An iceberg the size of a state will soon break off the west coast of Antarctica
Scientists do not believe the iceberg’s creation will affect global sea levels, but are divided on whether its formation was caused by global warming. Eric Rignot, an Antarctica expert for NASA and the University of California, Irvine, said, “Of course this is due to climate warming in the peninsula” in an email to the Washington Post.

Forbes, July 6, 2017
Help! Hackers Stole My Password Just By Listening To Me Type On Skype!
But beware: researchers have hacked together a tool that can harvest what’s being typed simply by listening to the sounds of the keys. … And in June Forbes became a guinea pig for the researchers, PhD student Daniele Lain … and Prof. Gene Tsudik from the University of California, Irvine. The headline from the first field test? Their prototype works. And it stole a randomly-chosen password within seconds of us typing it out.

Anthropologist on the Street, June 22, 2017
Episode 1 Anthropology Beyond Indiana Jones with Dr. Angela Jenks
I have invited Dr. Angela Jenks to explain what anthropology is and why it is important. Dr. Jenks is an anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine, a recipient of an award for excellence in teaching, and the first Teaching “Scholar-in-Residence” for the prestigious journal Cultural Anthropology. She talks to us about humanity, culture, and the paradox of being an American and an anthropologist, where we collectively share a culture of individuality.

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