UCI News

The Washington Post, June 23, 2019
How can an octopus help us stay warm?
[Alon] Gorodetsky’s lab at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) has been trying to make what he calls “technologically valuable things” based on cephalopods’ camouflaging skills. They’ve finally succeeded in creating a material that will let people, not disguise themselves as rocks and algae, but regulate how warm or cool they feel. … “There’s a world of applications for this material,” Gorodetsky says. “We just have to convince people to wear it and use it.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, June 24, 2019
Sham trial awaits American citizen from Orange County in Vietnam
So far, [Michael] Nguyen has not officially been charged. But his family said he has been investigated for allegedly conspiring to overthrow the government, violating Article 109 of that nation’s penal code. … If found guilty of violating Article 109, the maximum punishment is death. But that sentence is typically reserved for Vietnamese citizens, and for more serious crimes, said UC Irvine Assistant Professor Long Bui, who specializes in Vietnam studies. Bui said prison time, meanwhile, “could totally run the gamut, from one year to the maximum of 20 years.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Value Walk, June 24, 2019
Ocean Swimming Can Make Us More Vulnerable To Infections
“Our data demonstrate for the first time that ocean water exposure can alter the diversity and composition of the human skin microbiome,” University of California, Irvine PhD student Marisa Chattman Nielsen said in a statement accompanying the results of the study. “While swimming normal resident bacteria were washed off while ocean bacteria were deposited onto the skin.”

Insider, June 24, 2019
A potentially deadly fungus that can travel up to 75 miles in the air is spreading, and California’s droughts are making it worse
Epidemiologists from the University of California Irvine theorize that this may be contributing to an increase in valley fever cases that will only continue in the future. In California, valley fever cases last year reached an all-time high since the disease was recorded, surpassing the previous records set in 2016 and 2011 (after a brief period of decline in cases between 2012 and 2014), according to the California Department of Public Health. The department recorded 7,466 confirmed cases of valley fever by the end of 2018, a 137% increase since 2015.

NPR, June 24, 2019 (Audio)
The Brighter Side Of Screen Time
We also spoke with [Cultural Anthropologist] Mimi Ito, director of the Connected Learning Lab at the University of California, Irvine, and founder of Connected Camps, a nonprofit organization that runs technology-focused after-school programs and summer camps … [Ito says,] “It’s a much more effective parenting strategy when parents listen to their kids and focus more on connection than control.”

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