UCI News

Los Angeles Times, June 18, 2019
UCI’s Institute and Museum for California Art names first director
In 2013 officials at UC Irvine were surprised to learn that the university had been bequeathed an art collection whose extent and scale was practically unimaginable: 3,200 paintings, sculptures and drawings focused primarily on the art of California. … Now the rising Institute and Museum for California Art, or IMCA, has named its first director: Kim Kanatani, a Southern California native who has been serving as a deputy director and director of education at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, June 16, 2019
UCI nursing school graduate changed over from a finance career after meeting the man his blood donation helped save
As a regular blood donor since high school, Ryan Ha had always known his act of community service had the potential to save lives. Ha then met a man who received a transfusion of his blood after a near deadly motorcycle accident. The meeting was such a life-altering experience for Ha, it inspired him to alter his career path from finance to nursing. On Saturday, June 15, Ha, 27, celebrated receiving his master’s degree in nursing science during the graduation ceremony for UC Irvine’s Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Washington Post, June 17, 2019
Your phone may have a cure for your fear of flying
Consumers may use apps and other digital tools because they can’t get to a professional for in-person treatment because of cost, availability or some other hurdle, says [Stephen] Schueller, an assistant professor of psychological science at the University of California at Irvine. But some simply prefer seeking help from the comfort of the app store. “They appreciate the convenience, they want to be able to do something on their own time,” he says. “It also kind of helps move the care to the place where you need the help the most.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.

The Weather Channel, June 17, 2019
Arctic Ice Melting at Near-Record June Rate as Summer Approaches
Eric Rignot, a professor of earth system science at the University of California, Irvine [said], “These large melt events will cause trouble in Greenland (flood, landslide, formation of melt lake that could break up, etc.) and accelerate the demise of Greenland by exposing more ice to melt, contributing to the glacier retreat, accelerating the pace of changes and ultimately increasing the rate of sea level rise, which will impact hundreds of millions of people around the world.”

Orange County Business Journal, June 17, 2019
UCI Study Shows Promise in MS Battle
The study “paves the way for testing with human patients” on a variety of diseases, said co-author Weian Zhao, who is affiliated with the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center at University of California-Irvine. “Until now, stem cell therapies for autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases produced mixed results in clinical trials.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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