UCI News

CBS 2, March 13, 2019
Alex Trebek Facing Fight Of His Life After Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis (Video)
Gastroenterologist, Dr. Kenneth Chang, runs the Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center at UCI Health in Orange, CA. The doctor who focuses on pancreatic cancer said “Usually pancreatic cancer starts usually in the fifth decade and continues to rise through the sixth and seventh decade, but, unfortunately, we do have patients in their 40’s and 30’s and now, even, in their 20’s, who may be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. So, unfortunately, it does have a very large age range.”

CNBC, March 13, 2019
Taxes and penalties may await wealthy parents in college admissions scam
This “quid pro quo” is one way the IRS can question the deductions, said Joshua Blank, professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. … “To get a tax deduction for making a gift to charity, you must give it out of ‘detached and disinterested generosity,'” said Blank. “Paying a bribe is an incredibly interested act.”

The Conversation, March 13, 2019
Trump’s executive order on drone strikes sends civilian casualty data back into the shadows
Daniel R. Brunstetter, an Associate Professor of Political Science at University of California, Irvine, writes, “As a researcher who has studied the ethics of war and written extensively on drones, I recognize that the U.S. has returned to a time when the CIA drone program was not governed by ethics, but shrouded in mystery, a time when it discounted the importance of civilian casualties.”

O, The Oprah Magazine, March 13, 2019
Everything You Need to Know About Cannabis
Daniele Piomelli, PhD, co-director of the Center for the Study of Cannabis at the University of California, Irvine, is also optimistic: “There is real promise that cannabis could help adults with chronic pain, though we need a few more studies to say that conclusively.”

Raconteur, March 14, 2019
Understanding the psychology of abstract money
Professor Bill Maurer, legal and economic anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine, notes that new technological platforms are socially differentiated and differentiated ways of paying that render the money associated with them similarly multiple. Age, gender, nationality and social class can be differentiators, and each comes with its own habits, codes and users. “Different groups tend to gravitate to different payment technologies,” he explains.

Previously “In the News”