UCI News

Kudos, Nov. 2019
UCI’s $2 Billion Philanthropic Campaign
In an effort to fuel future medical discoveries and expand the reach of UCI Health, [Jimmy] Peterson and his wife, Sheila, recently agreed to chair the university’s $2 billion Brilliant Future fundraising campaign. “UCI’s academic and research prowess makes it one of the greatest resources on the planet. Its impact extends far beyond Orange County,” says Jimmy. … “The Brilliant Future campaign will bring UCI, its alumni, and Orange County residents and businesses together,” Sheila says. “There is so much for everyone to get involved with.”

The New York Times, Nov. 13, 2019
As Push for Higher Minimum Wages Grows, New York Offers a Test Case
David Neumark, an economist at the University of California, Irvine, warns that results in New York and other high-wage states would not necessarily map to other regions. “You start talking about Southern, low-wage states, where low-wage workers aren’t evenly distributed across industries” and “you have fewer and fewer avenues of adjustment,” he said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The TED Interview, Nov. 12, 2019 (Podcast)
Donald Hoffman has a radical new theory on how we experience reality
According to cognitive scientist [UCI Professor] Donald Hoffman, our brains are showing us a “hacked” version of reality. His revolutionary new way of thinking about consciousness combines the study of evolution with insights into brain activity in an attempt to solve the mysteries behind how we perceive the world.

Vox, Nov. 12, 2019
Why old people will always complain about young people
Human memory doesn’t work like you think it might. … “We have the illusion that we remember things as they happened,” Linda Levine, a University of California Irvine psychologist who studies memory for emotions, said in a 2018 interview. One result of this memory system is a bias called presentism (as in present, like now). In trying to remember something, we take pieces of the present and fold them into our recollections of the past.

NPR – The Picture Show, Nov. 12, 2019
The Death And Life Of Iran’s Lake Urmia
“The floods certainly helped and increased the water levels,” says Amir AghaKouchak, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine who has studied the lake. “However, one or a series of floods won’t have a long-term impact. The main issue in the basin is that the water demand is much higher than the renewable water in the basin. … If the water demand in the basin is not managed, after a while the lake will continue to dry out.”

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