UCI News

KATU, June 15, 2021
Alzheimer’s treatment study seeks volunteers, including two sites in Portland
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks, according to the National Institute on Aging. … A new study is trying to get new volunteers to help catch the disease decades before any symptoms start. “We all have to do more because this is about the most important medical problem we face as a society today,” said Dr. Josh Grill, a member of the AHEAD Study leadership team and director of the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders.

Inside Philanthropy, June 17, 2021
How a Quiet Family of Donors Is Helping Transform Cancer Care for Some Californians
Reticent to speak publicly about their giving, the Chao family of Orange County, California, have long been quiet but leading donors in the region, with a big focus on cancer care and treatment. And now, with a new $20 million gift to the University of California, Irvine Health, the four Chao siblings and their spouses will continue that support by helping to build a new cancer care facility for one of the area’s most important healthcare institutions. The money will help UCI Health build a new $1.2 billion medical center adjacent to the University of California, Irvine, campus, which will be named the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Ambulatory Care. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KPCC – AirTalk, June 16, 2021 (Audio)
Could Importing Seawater Save The Salton Sea? We Discuss The Implications
Salton Sea water levels continue to go down and that poses a number of problems for nearby communities and the organisms living in the water. A number of proposals being considered are focusing on the idea of importing seawater across the state’s desert to solve the problem. … Guests: … Timothy Bradley, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Irvine; he has been working on issues related to the Salton Sea and salt lakes for decades.

ABC10, June 17, 2021
In-Depth: Scientists warn of a new type of advertising: manipulating your dreams
Coors Light, Microsoft, Sony and Burger King have experimented with ways to engineer content into people’s dreams in recent years, prompting nearly 40 scientists to write an open letter this month calling for increased government oversight. “There is a lot to be concerned about,” said Dr. Sara Mednick, [professor of cognitive science], a sleep researcher at University of California, Irvine who signed on to the open letter. … She and others are asking regulators to update their rules now, before our dreams become digital billboards.

Los Angeles Times, June 17, 2021
Ring tapped a network of influencers to promote its cameras. They were LAPD officers
Tony Cheng, an assistant professor at UC Irvine’s Department of Criminology, Law and Society, warned that the public probably would be unable to make a distinction between a personal recommendation from an officer who received a free or discounted Ring product and a paid endorsement. … The practice, he said, is a cause for concern both substantively and symbolically — freebies from private companies could give officers motives other than public service, and they could give the public the impression that recommendations from officers can’t be trusted. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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