UCI News

Mashable, May 17, 2018
Researchers say pop music has been getting sadder in the last 30 years
Researchers from the University of California Irvine found that over the last few decades, there’s been a “clear downward trend” in bright and happy songs, and a slight upward trend in sadder songs. The “maleness” of songs, has also decreased.

The Atlantic, May 16, 2018
These Lizards Are Full of Green Blood That Should Kill Them
“Even if the trait only evolved once, the fact that it has been retained across several species indicates that it confers a tremendous advantage,” says Adriana Briscoe, an evolutionary biologist from the University of California at Irvine. … “Figuring out how the lizards tolerate biliverdin is potentially of great biomedical interest,” says Briscoe. It might lead to new ways of treating jaundice, or perhaps even malaria. “For a scientist, it’s like discovering green gold.”

Orange Coast Magazine, May 18, 2018
Why We Love O.C. | Breaking Down UC Irvine’s Elite Status
The university is a star in our midst, achieving elite status in many areas. … Nobel Prize Winners Three UCI researchers have won Nobel Prizes—two in chemistry and one in physics. Top 10 School The university is ranked No. 9 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News and World ReportDecreasing the Gap The New York Times has twice named it the school “doing the most for the American dream” in terms of contributing to upward mobility.

Daily Pilot, May 17, 2018
Longtime O.C. artist Tony DeLap offers insight into his retrospective at Laguna Art Museum
DeLap, an influential contemporary artist, is a key figure in West Coast minimalism and Op Art of the 1960s and ’70s. He was also a founding member of the studio art department at UC Irvine, teaching there from 1965 to 1991. DeLap was an essential player in several art movements, including “finish/fetish,” hard-edge painting, the California Light and Space movement and site-specific installation. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Times, May 17, 2018
Datebook: Videos of the female figure, an autobiographical exhibit and paintings of immigrant terrains
“It Passes Like a Thought,” at the Beall Center for Art + Technology. Seven contemporary artists engage with the human obsession with birds — species studied by armies of ornithologists, linguists and musicologists, and devotedly followed by equally large armies of birders. Artists such as Victoria Vesna and Susan Silton explore birdsong, while Lynn Aldrich and Juan Fontanive look at flight. Other installations mechanize bird movement. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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