UCI News

Daily Pilot, May 24, 2019
UC Irvine welcomes new campus chief of police
UC Irvine has a new chief of police with the appointment this week of Elizabeth “Liz” Griffin. Griffin comes from the Long Beach Police Department, where she joined as an officer in 1992 and moved up the ranks to sergeant, lieutenant and, ultimately, commander for the past six years, UCI said. “I am very honored to be chosen for the role,” Griffin said Friday. “I already feel like they’ve accepted me as part of their family.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Medscape, May 24, 2019
Company Charges Private Insurance Quadruple for Dialysis
What’s important about this study is that it has “robustly calculated” numbers and it opens up the topic for discussion from both sides, according to Kam Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, PhD, a tenured professor and chief of nephrology, hypertension, and kidney transplantation at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. … “What the company is saying is that they need the commercial payments to subsidize the majority of Medicare patients in their clinics,” explained Kalantar-Zadeh, who was not involved with this research. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Forbes, May 25, 2019 (Contributor)
We’re Closer to Westworld Than You Think: The (Near) Future of Entertainment
To this end, the University of California, Irvine, Claire Trevor School of the Arts is pioneering this kind of change, blurring the line between creator and participant. According to UCI Professor John Crawford, director of the Emergent Media + Design Initiative, “Emerging technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality, 360-degree cameras, artificial intelligence, and networked performance are opening up exciting new possibilities for interactive entertainment and immersive experience design.”

Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2019
A doctored video of Nancy Pelosi shows social media giants ill-prepared for 2020
Kat Lo, a researcher at UC Irvine who studies content moderation, said companies like Facebook and YouTube have improved since 2016 — but not enough. “The changes are incremental. It’s not like they’ve solved anything, but they’ve made progress,” she said. … “The best way to counter disinformation is to deplatform it. To make it not visible and not shareable,” Lo said …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

ABC Life, May 24, 2019
Why getting better with money starts with habits not spreadsheets
When it comes to setting goals, it’s important they are achievable, says Sean Young, an associate professor at the University of California Irvine who has written a book about building habits that last. …  Dr. Young developed a model for setting goals he calls the stepladder. It’s about breaking down goals into small, achievable chunks. To start with, think about your long-term “dreams”: aspirations that would typically take three months or more to achieve. It might be becoming debt-free, or saving enough for a house deposit.

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