UCI News

May 21, 2019 5-6:30 PM
Watch – Good Game: UC Irvine
UCI’s varsity esports team will defend their title in the College League of Legends Championship to be held this weekend at the Riot Games LCS Arena in west Los Angeles. As the Anteaters prepared, they were accompanied by a film crew from ESPN2 which documented the team members’ lives inside and outside the UCI Esports Arena. The result is an in-depth four-part documentary series on one of the top collegiate esports teams in North America.

Today, May 21, 2019 (Video)
Tuition or food? Rising college costs brings challenges for students
Jacob Soboroff takes a closer look into UC Irvine’s food insecurity and reports “ Five minutes to ten o’ clock in the morning on a Monday morning and I’m on the campus of UC Irvine in Southern California. These are all students that are all lined up … to get into this food pantry. [The Food Pantry] offers free food to students who can’t otherwise afford it. … It sounds to me like the students coming here are not coming here for any other reason that their working their butts off and this is their last hope.”

The New York Review of Books, June 6, 2019 (Book review)
Cities That Touched Heaven
[UCI Professor] Matthew Canepa’s The Iranian Expanse is a highly original study of the manner in which the succession of rulers of Iran, from the time of the Achaemenids (550–330 BCE) to that of the Sasanians (224–651 CE), manipulated collective memory through the creation of stunning monuments at important locations in their empires. … Canepa is at his best when discussing the Sasanian dynasty, which did the most to challenge Rome for control of the Middle East. [Matthew Canepa is the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Presidential Chair in Art History & Archaeology of Ancient Iran].

Forbes, May 21, 2019
The New Nuclear: How A $600 Million Fusion Energy Unicorn Plans To Beat Solar
Tri Alpha Energy got its start with Norman Rostoker (1925–2014), a Canadian who taught at the University of California, Irvine, and in 1988 won the Maxwell Prize for plasma physics. He and Glenn Seaborg, the Nobelist discoverer of plutonium, saw the technical limitations of the consensus approach to fusion energy, which smashes heavy isotopes of hydrogen together, fusing them into helium while magnetically confined in a donut-shaped vessel called a tokamak.

Fox45 Now, May 20, 2019 (Video)
Mental health apps show new promise, new dangers for patients
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have started to take on the challenge of bad apps with their website “Psyberguide.” … “There are some apps that have critically wrong self management advice,” said Martha Neary, PsyberGuide’s Project Manager. “One particular app – which was for bipolar disorder – instructed people if they were having a manic episode to a shot of hard alcohol before bed.”

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