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U.S. News & World Report, Nov. 9, 2017
Making the Case for Integrative Health Care
“Every major human disease has a small, tiny genetic component, except for the very rare disorders,” explained Dr. Howard Federoff, former dean of the University of California—Irvine School of Medicine and currently the CEO of UCI Health System. “So, what else is going on? There are environmental contributions that intersect with our inherent vulnerability, and may produce risk of disease and ultimately manifest itself as something that comes to clinical attention,” he said. It’s something we can identify in retrospect, but prospectively we don’t do enough to understand.

Daily Pilot, Nov. 10, 2017
UCI computer game explores culture of 18th-century Ghana
Magda El Zarki recalls hassling her children to stop playing video games and enjoy the outdoors. She laughs at the memory now. A visit to Ghana in 2010 inspired the UC Irvine computer science professor to try her hand at creating virtual reality spaces and later computer games. She and Patricia Seed, a UCI history professor, and Jessica Kernan, an industry professional and a staff member at the college’s Institute for Virtual Environments and Computer Games, developed the computer game “Sankofa.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Quartz, Nov. 13, 2017
A Stanford professor says we should teach more math in preschool
Research from 2007 found that math skills for kids entering kindergarten were a strong predictor of both math and reading skills in the third and fifth grades. Author Greg Duncan, a professor at the University of California Irvine, said it goes far deeper: Kids with persistent math problems are 13 percentage points less likely to complete high school than kids with no problems, and are 29 percentage points less likely to attend college.

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 10, 2017
Are video games bad for your kids? Not so much, experts now believe
At a recent seminar on video games at UC Irvine, Constance Steinkuehler, a professor of informatics at the school and president of the Higher Education Video Game Alliance, emphasized that most researchers embrace the idea that “play is good.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CNN, Nov. 10, 2017
Texas shooting shows risk of ignoring relationship violence
Jane K. Stoever, clinical professor of law at UC Irvine School of Law, director of UCI’s Domestic Violence Clinic, and director of the UCI Initiative to End Family Violence, writes, “To avoid future tragedies, we must invest in anti-violence education beginning with our youth, pay attention to relationship violence, and enact and implement sensible gun safety measures.”

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