UCI News

Daily Pilot, June 21, 2018
Foreign-born students traverse borders and obstacles before graduating from UC Irvine
Lydia Natoolo has wanted to become a doctor since witnessing several brothers and sisters die from complications related to AIDS while growing up in Uganda. … With her UCI degree now in hand, Natoolo plans to spend the next year conducting lab research and then will enroll in medical school. [For more about Lydia see https://uci.edu/] … Pedro Castillo’s journey, from being born in Guatemala to earning his bachelor’s in mechanical and aerospace engineering from UCI, also serves as a window into the struggles of first-generation college graduates. … Half are first-generation college students …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Washington Post, June 22, 2018
Robotic surgery is no better than traditional surgery, bladder cancer study finds
Alessio Pigazzi, a surgery professor at University of California at Irvine, called the Lancet study important because it is the first randomized trial for cystectomies. “It shows some short-term benefits which I think are important. … But it’s not a win for all. It shows that open surgery remains a good option for those experienced in it. The experience of the surgeon is what matters in many cases.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, June 21, 2018
This mom’s experience with an ALS clinical trial shows what patients and their families face in search of hope
Given two to five years to live, [Lisa] Wittenberg, mother of two boys … signed up soon after she was diagnosed to participate in a clinical trial called Brainstorm. … Participation in clinical trials offers hope for patients particularly those with ALS, said Debbie Wilson of Porterville whose brother Mark Harrison is also participating in Brainstorm at UCI Health. … This is the second story in an occasional series that will follow Lisa Wittenberg as she participates in an ALS clinical trial at UCI Health. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Grist, June 22, 2018
James Hansen’s legacy: Scientists reflect on climate change in 1988, 2018, and 2048
Eric Rignot, University of California, Irvine: The biggest success was the banning of [ozone-destroying] CFCs with the Montréal protocol in 1986. It was the single biggest event where science and policy came together to take action and literally save the world. Now it should serve as a reference in time, where the world demonstrated that environmental changes can be solved for the better, with no economic setback.

Cincinnati.com, June 21, 2018
The No. 5 Cincinnati Bengals play in last 30 years: Jeff Blake’s First Bomb
The physical act of throwing a football, the physics of an arm throwing an inflated, oblong, leather object in a spiral through the air, is largely the same throw to throw. … “When you’re throwing the ‘bomb’ you want both distance but you also want time for the player to get there,” said Dr. Michael Dennin, the professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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