UCI News

Orange County Register, March 15, 2019
Match Day helps UCI medical student continue career inspired by mother’s struggles
Now 31, [Kate] Lunny, days from becoming a mother herself, has use[d] her mother’s struggles as a source of inspiration. She was among 109 anxious medical students gathered in a courtyard at the UC Irvine School of Medicine on Friday, March 15, for arguably the most sacred day in the life of a future physician: Match Day. This is the day when graduating medical students open an envelope announcing their acceptance to a residency program. Lunny, of Brea, was matched with the UC Irvine School of Medicine, where she has spent the past four years. [Subscription required, you can request a copy of the article by sending an email to communication@uci.edu]

NBC4 (AP), March 17, 2019
UC Irvine Routs Cal State Fullerton to Win Big West Title
UC Irvine coach Russell Turner told his team throughout the week that he didn’t want to leave any doubt that they were the best team in the Big West Conference this season. On Saturday night, the Anteaters showed that and then some as they dominated Cal State Fullerton 92-64 in the tournament final. The 28-point margin is the largest in a Big West title game. … The Anteaters (30-5) are headed to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history.

Mashable, March 16, 2019
Here’s a running list of all the ways climate change has altered Earth in 2019
A triple whammy of disease, climate change, and deforestation has threatened around 60 percent of the planet’s wild coffee species. … “As farmers are increasingly exposed to new climate conditions and changing pest pressures, the genetic diversity of wild crop relatives may be essential to breeding new coffee varieties that can withstand these pressures,” Nathan Mueller, an assistant professor of earth system science at the University of California, Irvine who researches global food security, said over email.

Big Think, March 17, 2019
A new study has investigated who watched the ISIS beheading videos, why, and what effect it had on them
In the summer of 2014, two videos were released that shocked the world. They showed the beheadings, by ISIS, of two American journalists …. At the time, Sarah Redmond at the University of California, Irvine and her colleagues were already a year into a longitudinal study to assess psychological responses to the Boston Marathon Bombing, which happened in April 2013. They realised that they could use the same nationally representative sample of US adults to investigate what kind of person chooses to watch an ISIS beheading – and why. Their findings now appear in a paper published in American Psychologist.

Health News Digest, March 15, 2019
How Hormones Can Hijack a Healthy Slumber
We know that women’s hormones increase and decrease over a four-week cycle. What scientists are discovering is that those changes impact sleep and memory. “Our periods are the culprit not only in disrupting us from getting a good night’s sleep, but the long-term effects of the waxing and waning of sex hormones could be putting women at higher risk of memory-related disorders like Alzheimer’s,” says Sara Mednick, cognitive scientist at the University of California, Irvine. “Various forms of dementia hit twice as many women than men aged 75 and older.”

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