UCI News

Nautilus, May 23, 2019
He Gave Away $30 Million Because It Felt Good
James Doty is not a subject under study at the altruism research center that he founded at Stanford in 2008, but he could be. … A high school friend was applying to the University of California, Irvine, and Doty decided on the spot that he would, too. She showed him how to fill out the form. He studied biological sciences at Irvine and decided to apply to medical school at Tulane.

Inc., June 2019
This Startup Learned the Hard Way What It’s Like to Work With the Pentagon
At times, it seems some mythmaker conjured up [David] Zakariaie as the prototypical wunderkind teen with a world-changing idea and no internal limiter. He was an awkward 15-year-old when he hatched the idea that became Senseye. Back then, he lived in Los Angeles and spent his afterschool hours tinkering in a UC Irvine nanotechnology lab. He decided to try to build a microscopic computer–using DNA instead of silicon–small enough to fit inside, say, a contact lens.

Science, May 22, 2019
Atom smasher could be making new particles that are hiding in plain sight
Jonathan Feng, a theorist at the University of California, Irvine, and colleagues have won CERN approval for the Forward Search Experiment (FASER), a small tracker to be placed in a service tunnel 480 meters down the beamline from ATLAS. Supported by $2 million from private foundations and built of borrowed parts, FASER will look for low-mass particles such as dark photons, which could spew from ATLAS, zip through the intervening rock, and decay into electron-positron pairs.

Variety, May 22, 2019
Riot Forms Scholastic Association to Oversee School Esports Efforts
League of Legends” developer Riot Games is forming a new governing body for its college and high school esports activities called the Riot Scholastic Association of America, it announced on Tuesday. … The board is comprised of leaders from throughout the college esports industry. They include: Mark Deppe – director of esports, University of California, Irvine; commissioner, NASEF ….

Information Week, May 22, 2019
Interop 2019: CIOs, Security, AI, and More
Phillip Sheu,  IEEE Fellow and professor at University of California, Irvine, told attendees that he has been observing AI since the 1980s, and that he doesn’t want today’s AI initiatives to stumble the way projects did before, over promising on what AI can do. He noted that 80’s, plenty has happened to make AI more achievable: faster computers, cheap memory, the growth of the internet, cellphones, IoT connectivity, and big data.

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