UCI News

Orange Coast Magazine, Oct. 31, 2019
Richardson vs. Chemerinsky: Who Wins the Mock Trial at UC Irvine?
Take two of the most accomplished law school deans in the nation, add a Shakespearean tragedy and an Orange County audience, and you have the basis for a mock trial. For the second time, various groups and schools at UC Irvine collaborated this week to stage a mock Shakespeare trial, “Shylock Appeals His Case.” … This event is just one of the many intriguing opportunities for students and the public at UC Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Daily Pilot, Oct. 31, 2019
UC Irvine class teaches students the science of compassion
Humans aren’t all bad, according to UC Irvine‘s Compassion Action Project. At least that’s the premise of the program, which seeks to teach students the science of compassion and provide them with the tools to make a positive impact in struggling communities. The initiative includes classes, project grants and a travel abroad program. “It turns out there’s a lot of interesting work emerging that changes our narrative about the human condition,” said Paul Piff, who teaches an online course on the science of compassion available to all UC students. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Bloomberg, Oct. 31, 2019
One Wildfire is Spewing Enough Smoke to Rival 320,000 Cars
Wildfires are burning a gaping hole in California’s effort to fight climate change. … Even as the state aggressively promotes electric cars and forces new homes to install solar panels starting next year, smoke from wildfires is offsetting many of its emissions cuts. “The increase in fires makes it incredibly difficult to meet our goals,” said Jim Randerson, professor of earth system science at  University of California, Irvine.

Quartz, Oct. 29, 2019
Too many bad nights of sleep could play a role in developing Alzheimer’s
“Sleep disorders and insufficient sleep contribute to Alzheimer’s decades before people develop the disorder,” Ruth Benca, a psychiatrist at the University of California, Irvine, said during a panel on brain health at the summit in Washington, DC. Benca’s work has tracked the relationship between sleep—particularly the deep sleep known as rapid-eye movement (REM)—and its relationship to developing dementia later in life.

Urbanet, Oct. 30, 2019
Egyptian Eco-Communities: Reintegrating the Homeless
Professor Ayman Mosallam, professor of civil & environmental engineering, at the University of California, Irvine writes, “Research has shown that homeless people need access to a one-stop-shop of services on top of shelter, so that they can return to independent living in the long term. This is where the proposed Eco-Communities programme comes into play through which significant and sustained industrial, agricultural, and social development can be achieved. It requires a specialised, multidisciplinary team that develops a unique, innovative, and customised process.”

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