UCI News

Southern California Public Radio, May 10, 2016
Could genetically engineered mosquitos stop the Zika virus?
The prospect of engineering a mosquito that would eradicate the disease is promising, but not without concerns of possible unintended consequences. Joining Take Two to discuss: Anthony James, Distinguished Professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at UC Irvine.

CBS Los Angeles, May 10, 2016
‘Defeating stress’: UC Irvine professor studies benefits of tai chi
Shin Lin, a professor of biochemistry at UC Irvine, says he has found tai chi to have positive effects on participants’ stress levels and immune systems. … “Our research shows when you move in this repetitive way, you actually generate more neurons in the part of the brain called the hippocampus,” Lin said. “Some of those neurons suppress the stress response.”

Mother Jones, May 11, 2016
Environmentalists hate fracking. Are they right?
A 2014 market forecast study led by UC Irvine projected that with a high supply of natural gas, renewables will produce just 26 percent of US electricity in 2050; with a lower gas supply, the share of renewables increases to 37 percent. The upshot, according to the study, is that increased reliance on gas results in very little reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades.

Mosaic, May 10, 2016
How maggots made it back into mainstream medicine
Ron Sherman in California saw increasing numbers of patients with wounds that refused to heal. … “The maggots were able to dissolve the dead and infected tissue, thereby cleaning the wound faster than any of the other non-surgical treatments available,” he says. … As the numbers grew, he transferred the boxes to a spare closet near his lab at the University of California, Irvine.

Glamour, May 10, 2016
Why I changed my life:  Acting, astronomy, and a one-of-a-kind career
Aomawa Shields [said]: … I finished a dual Ph.D. in astrobiology and astronomy in five years and am now in my second year of a post­doctoral fellowship doing research on exoplanets − planets that orbit other suns. I’ve created a nonprofit, Rising Stargirls, dedicated to encouraging girls of color to engage with science through the performing arts. And next year I start as an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine.

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