UCI News

Daily Pilot, March 25, 2019
Hormone fluctuations and effects on sleep may contribute to memory disorders in women, UCI researcher says
Sara Mednick, an associate professor of psychology at UC Irvine, said her research suggests that menstrual cycles and their effects on sleep might have something to do with it. In a study published in November 2017, Mednick and her team tested the memories of men and women before they took a nap. Women were tested twice at different points in their menstrual cycles, when hormonal changes prepare the body for the possibility of pregnancy. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2019
UC Irvine coach Russell Turner apologizes for calling Oregon’s Louis King ‘Queen’
UC Irvine’s Russell Turner issued a statement Monday acknowledging that his actions during a loss to Oregon on Sunday were “inappropriate and insensitive.” … “I share UC Irvine’s belief that inclusivity and diversity are paramount values,” Turner’s statement read, “and I apologize for not understanding that my actions during the game suggested otherwise.” … “I was saying, ‘Double team Queen’ to try to see if I could irritate him,” Turner said. “We were calling him ‘Queen’ because I knew it might irritate him, because of how important he is to their team, the queen in chess. It was a play on his name of King.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

MD Magazine, March 26, 2019
Tackling Physician Burnout by Giving Back
[UCI Alumnus] Sean Alemi writes, “The benefits of giving back and volunteering have long been touted by experts and evidenced by clinical assessment—both for improving the body and the mind. … That is why, year after year, I go on international medical missions. … It creates a new perspective and, for me, reminds me why I became a doctor in the first place.”

The New York Times, March 25, 2019 (Opinion)
Three Takeaways From the Barr Letter
Writing in Slate, the legal expert Richard Hasen poses another unanswered question: Why did Mueller not charge Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. for encouraging Russian officials to give them dirt on Hillary Clinton? “Mueller’s reasoning matters, and we need to see the full report,” Hasen writes. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Scary Mommy, March 25, 2019
Hell Yes: Drinking Coffee And Alcohol Every Day May Help You Live Longer
According to researchers at the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, drinking two servings of alcohol daily decreased chances of premature death by 18 percent, while drinking two cups of coffee each day decreased premature death by 10 percent. … “I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity,” Dr. Claudia Kawas, one of the study’s lead researcher, said at a recent scientific conference.

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