UCI News

STAT, March 9, 2017
Welcome to my colon: A tech pioneer turns to virtual reality to guide his own surgery
[Larry] Smarr, 69, is a physicist widely recognized for his work on creating the national network of campus supercomputers that evolved into today’s internet. Now, he runs a futuristic institute called Calit2, housed on the University of California campuses in San Diego and Irvine, that works to advance a host of fields, including medicine.

Salon, March 13, 2017
Don’t forget this: You, too, can acquire a super memory
James McGaugh, a neurobiologist at the University of California, Irvine, who was not involved in the study, considers it to be in a similar vein as the London taxi cab research, but highlights an important difference: Rather than pinpointing a particular brain region, the present study found an overall change in brain connections. “All of our brains are malleable all the time, and this is just another piece of evidence of that,” he said. “If you learn something and you learn it well, the brain changes.”

The Baltimore Sun, March 11, 2017
Parents seek alternatives amid Maryland’s medical marijuana stall
Daniele Piomelli, professor of anatomy and neurobiology at UC Irvine said a study not yet published showed cannabidiol might help people with Dravet syndrome, a type of epilepsy that doesn’t respond well to seizure medications.

The Guardian, March 11, 2017
Why men still won’t get their hands dirty at home
The researchers … and Judith Treas, professor of sociology at UC Irvine, … say the reason behind the figures could be that unemployment helps neutralize “gender deviance” so that “unemployed men who fall short of the male breadwinner ideal may reassert masculinity by avoiding stereotypically women’s work, while their wives compensate by doing more.

Univision, March 10, 2017
Are there lessons for Trump in a notorious California anti-immigrant measure?
Louis DeSipio, political science professor at UC Irvine, [said]: “There was an underlying racism that created a foundation that a skilled political leader could seize for tactical reasons and build into a policy agenda … I don’t know that Pete Wilson really even cared about immigration in 1993 but he saw the underlying nativism and racism in the state population and used it as a way to distinguish his campaign from his opponents.”

Previously “In the News”