UCI News

Orange County Register, May 5, 2017
UC Irvine developing an interdisciplinary cannabis research institute
The institute is the brainchild of Dr. Daniele Piomelli, an anatomy and neurobiology professor, who studies how cannabis works in the body. “My plan is not to waste any time,” Piomelli said, with a goal to have the institute up and running within 12 months. The School of Medicine and School of Law will lead the way in creating the institute, he said.

KPCC, May 7, 2017
With little science, cities struggle to formulate coyote policies
“The data is an absolute mess,” said Niamh Quinn, a coyote researcher with UC Cooperative Extension in Irvine …. Even among the cities, county and state agencies that do track complaints or coyote bites, there is little standardization in the collection of information, making it very hard to look for trends. It’s why Quinn created an app to track coyote complaints that she hopes most Southern California cities will adopt.

Orange County Register, May 5, 2017
Irvine-based nonprofit wins UCI pitch competition aimed at tackling poverty
Richard Matthew, director of the Blum Center, said millennials want to work for and start businesses that are ethical and address health, educational and environmental challenges. The competition, open to the public, allows these young people to get advice from entrepreneurs and develop their ideas, he said. “It’s natural for Orange County because you have a lot of entrepreneurs here and you have a lot of students who want to do good,” Matthew said.

Los Angeles Times, May 8, 2017
Doctors turn to the power of peer groups to help diabetics
But more and more, “those boundaries seem to be blurring because so many chronic diseases have lifestyle issues tied to them,” said Sherrie Kaplan, assistant vice chancellor for Healthcare Measurement and Evaluation in the UC Irvine School of Medicine. And since doctors might not always be in tune with these concerns, Kaplan and her colleagues started a program at UC Irvine in which they coach patients to bring up hurdles with doctors.

OC Weekly, May 5, 2017
UC Irvine Conference Sets Out to Reclaim Mental Health
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and there’s no better place to get woke on the issue than at UC Irvine this weekend. “Reclaim Mental Health,” is an annual conference organized by Associated Students UCI that draws hundreds of students and community members for two days of keynote speakers, workshops and panels.

Previously “In the News”