UCI News

Daily Pilot, March 29, 2022
UCI announces location for a collection of seminal California art
This week UC Irvine announced the future location of the Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art. The North Campus site, along Campus Drive near Jamboree Road, will be home to the new building, a project jumpstarted by a gift made last fall by Shanaz and Jack Langson. Along with views of the San Joaquin Marsh Reserve, the proposed site is nearby the future UCI Medical Center–Irvine complex. … “What makes this development particularly exciting and unique is the proximity to the planned UCI Medical Center–Irvine and surrounding healing gardens,” said Shanaz Langson. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, March 30, 2022
How War in Ukraine Roiled Facebook and Instagram
“All the ingredients of the Russia-Ukraine conflict have been around for a long time: the calls for violence, the disinformation, the propaganda from state media,” said David Kaye, a [clinical] law professor at the University of California, Irvine, and a former special rapporteur to the United Nations. “What I find mystifying was that they didn’t have a game plan to deal with it.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

NBC San Diego, March 29, 2022 (Video)
Rainfall Totals: 1+ Inch of Rain in Parts of San Diego County Not Enough to Pull From Drought, Expert Says
UC Irvine professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Amir AghaKouchak said while the rainfall was significant, it is not likely enough to pull the region out of drought. … “It’s better than last year, but we will remain under drought situation this year, at least that’s how it looks like. … From an ecosystem perspective, wildfires around us are increasing over the years and drought is a major contributor,” AghaKouchak said. “With prolonged drought, chance of wildfires increase and with that, poor air quality, potential health impacts, even long-term chronic impacts.”

The Boston Globe, March 30, 2022
Sleep is good for the brain. But what about napping? Research raises puzzling questions.
“Don’t just think about sleep as being this one thing you want to fix,” said Sara Mednick, professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine, who wrote a book about napping. “Think about the aging person as an entire whole person. All the things they’re doing during the day are impacting how restorative their sleep will be.”

New Atlas, March 29, 2022
Squid skin inspires versatile new “tunable” insulating material
A team of engineers led by [associate engineering professor] Alon Gorodetsky at the University of California, Irvine, has come up with a new infrared-reflecting, metalized polymer film inspired by the color-changing skin of the squid. The tunable insulating properties of the composite could make it useful in everything from coffee cups to shipping containers, plus its recyclable and can be manufactured economically at scale.

Previously “In the News”