BuzzFeed, May 12, 2016
#ScienceSoWhite threatens the health of people of color, researchers say
Michele Goodwin, director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine, told BuzzFeed News that she is concerned that genetic studies will divert attention from the health problems caused by environmental pollution, which disproportionately affects poor neighborhoods. “There’s an audience that’s very willing to reduce all of this to genetics, which says, ‘We don’t really need to do anything because they’re genetically predisposed to these kinds of things,’” Goodwin said.
Vice, May 12, 2016
No one knows exactly how much herbicide is in your breakfast
Given the research on endocrine disruption, the levels allowed by the EPA are too high, and have no basis in science, Bruce Blumberg, professor of developmental and cell biology and pharmaceutical sciences at UC Irvine, told VICE. “This is a political decision rather than one based on reasonable, peer-reviewed science.”
The Nation, May 11, 2016
How will China mark the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution?
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history at UC Irvine, [writes]: This month marks the anniversary of two surges of youth activism in China. One, the May 4 Movement, began with student protests 97 years ago. The other is the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution, which is sometimes said to have begun with the first Red Guards putting up wall posters in late May of 1966.
New Scientist, May 11, 2016
The perfect heists that involve stealing nothing at all
It turns out that just the acoustics of an industrial printing facility present a security issue for manufacturers. … The researcher behind this discovery, Mohammad Al Faruque, director of the advanced integrated cyber-physical systems lab at UC Irvine later suggested that one way to counteract this kind of IP theft would be to introduce random noise.
The Conversation, May 11, 2016
How Apple Watch and pervasive computing can lure you into leveling up your fitness
Michael Cowling, visiting project scientist in informatics, University of California, Irvine, [writes]: The ability to gamify improves motivation, encourages players to participate and, often, leads to improved outcomes. Working with Josh Tanenbaum at the Transformative Play Lab here at UCI, we’re even exploring how tapping into the pleasure we get from games can be used to increase empathy for others.
Previously “In the News”