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The Atlantic, Nov. 15, 2018
Freeways Are Always Soul Crushing. Now They’re on Fire.
Amy Wilentz, professor of literary journalism at the University of California, Irvine writes: ““Even when fires are not threatening them from both sides, freeways are a brutal part of California’s physical and metaphysical infrastructure …. The roads crisscross the soul, seeming to open up all kinds of destinations but, overcrowded, under construction, whimsically closed for unstated reasons, pretty much block your way to wherever you might be thinking of going.”

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 16, 2018
Learning for a Lifetime
Even before publication of the 100-Year Life, Gary Matkin, dean of the Division of Continuing Education at the University of California, Irvine, coined the term “the 60-year curriculum” as a way of more clearly defining the modern era of lifelong learning. As longevity becomes a more prevalent societal force, the 100-year life will require a 60-year curriculum (60YC). …. The University of California, Irvine, Division of Continuing EducationHarvard Extension and New York University’s School of Continuing Studies are among a number of extended learning units at major research universities that are investing in similar efforts.

Inside Science, Nov. 15, 2018
Turkey Battle: Wild vs. Domestic
They may sound the same, but wild and domestic turkeys do have their differences, from their dramatically different looks to their distinct meat flavor and tenderness. …. “The changes in the domestic turkey have largely been due to selection for increased meat production. And so that’s led to very large birds,” said Kristin Stover at the University of California, Irvine. Stover and her colleagues wanted to see how these large birds compared to their wild turkey counterparts. “So, I raised the wild and domestic turkeys myself.”

Health Informatics, Nov. 15, 2018
The Evolving Healthcare CIO: Innovation Over Information
For the past two decades, Chuck Podesta has been a healthcare CIO, spending the last four years at UC Irvine Health, the integrated health system at the University of California, Irvine … But with the evolution of EHRs (electronic health records), says Podesta, “The focus became clinical and the job suddenly had a broader scope. It’s not just the day-to-day running of the systems anymore; the CIO is now needed from the standpoint of strategy development because he or she is affecting the entire organization.”

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 16, 2018 (Op-Ed)
With disasters rocking the state, California needs to remember the St. Francis Dam failure
[UCI history PhD alumnus] Erik Altenbernd and William Deverell write, “Living in California means living close to the beauty and power of nature. It also means understanding that we will pay a price when our supposed control of nature fails. California has much to learn from the terrible legacy of the St. Francis Dam, particularly at a moment when disasters are once again rocking the state. Congress and the president should move quickly to make the bill law.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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