UCI News

The Wall Street Journal, March 27, 2019
Women Have Younger Brains Than Men
“These new findings provide yet more evidence, as if more were needed, of just how ubiquitous sex influences on brain function have proven to be, often showing up in places we least expect them,” said Larry Cahill, a neuroscientist who studies sex differences in the brain at University of California, Irvine. “The fact that we often struggle to understand what they mean—as happens in the rest of neuroscience—does not make them less important.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

HealthDay, March 27, 2019
Dual-Drug Therapy May Boost Odds Against a Tough Breast Cancer
In a new study of patients with so-called “hormone receptor-positive” breast cancer that’s spread beyond the breast, women who received a combo of two anti-estrogen drugs right away lived many months more than those who got just one drug, the researchers found. The drugs — fulvestrant (Faslodex) and anastrozole (Arimidex) — appear to work better when given together rather than using fulvestrant as a follow-up drug given after anastrozole, according to the team led by Dr. Rita Mehta. She’s a clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine. “These results are very exciting,” said Mehta ….

National Post, March 27, 2019
Workplaces everywhere are dressing down, but is the trend actually making life any easier for office workers?
A 2016 study by sociologists Jaclyn Wong of the University of Chicago and Andrew Penner of the University of California at Irvine found that attractive individuals earn approximately 20 per cent more than individuals of average attractiveness. However, that pay gap could be dramatically lessened through grooming. The study found that spending more time and effort on hair, makeup and clothes was actually more important than looks when it came to paygrade — especially for women. The situation is even worse for female minorities who are often expected to straighten or relax their hair to look “professional.”

Mashable, March 26, 2019
Temperatures in Alaska are toppling records
“The magnitude and persistence of the warmth is particularly striking to me this winter in parts of Alaska,” Zack Labe, a climate scientist and Ph.D. candidate at the University of California at Irvine, said over email. … “While this type of weather pattern favors warmer temperatures in Alaska, the region is also undergoing rising temperatures due to Arctic climate change,” noted Labe. “The rapid warming of the Arctic has reduced the extent of sea ice and increased ocean temperatures, which can further contribute to the warming trend.”

Daily Pilot, March 27, 2019
Kids get a lesson in the importance of water at festival at UCI
Thousands of Orange County third-, fourth- and fifth-graders poured into UC Irvine’s Aldrich Park on Wednesday for the first day of the 23rd annual Children’s Water Education Festival. … During the two-day event, students can learn about the importance of California’s water supplies and how to protect them and the environment. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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