UCI News

Orange County Register, June 21, 2021
15-year-old graduates from UC Irvine, eyes medical school
Kylie Munson, now 15, walked the stage at UC Irvine last week, clad in cap and gown to collect her undergraduate diploma. The Santa Clarita native studied biological sciences, and sees more education in her future, hoping to attend medical school next year. … “I’ve always been drawn toward science, like I remember being in like, maybe fifth grade and being like, ‘Oh, I love this. This is kind of what I want to go into,’” she said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

KNBC (City News Service), June 21, 2021
UCI Study: Drought, Climate Change Helping to Kill Off Plant Species
UC Irvine scientists conclude in a study released Monday that climate change is contributing to the dying-off of plant species. The researchers, who focused on 5,000 square miles surrounding Anza-Borrego Desert State Park …. “Plants are dying and nothing’s replacing them,” said Stijn Hantson, a project scientist in UCI’s Department of Earth System Science and the study’s lead author. “It looks to be a striking loss for shrubs.”

Houston Public Media, June 21, 2021 (Audio)
The 90+ Study – What Do We Know About Healthy Longevity?
The 90+ Study has been taking place at the University of California Irvine since 2003, studying the oldest of the old. … Today, the study’s co-principal investigator, Dr. Claudia Kawas: professor of neurology and neurobiology & behavior at the University of California Irvine, joins us to unlock the secrets of growing old gracefully. Is it heredity, diet, exercise, drinking? What has the biggest impact on healthy longevity? And what about Alzheimer’s and dementia?

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape, June 21, 2021 (Podcast)
Charis Kubrin on Criminology, Incarceration, and Hip-Hop
I talk with Charis Kubrin, [UCI professor of criminology, law and society], on how the justice system distinguishes guilt from innocence. We discuss one interesting issue at length: the use of rap lyrics written by defendants as evidence of guilt. What role should artistic creations play in deciding someone’s culpability of a crime?

Orange Coast Magazine, June 21, 2021
UC Irvine Expert on The Mental Health Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors
In Japan, forest bathing is defined as taking in, with all one’s senses, the woodland atmosphere—a calming activity said to bring great mental and physical benefits. According to mindfulness expert Dana Rose Garfin, assistant adjunct professor at the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing at UC Irvine, walking or hiking our wilderness parks can help us achieve similar results.

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