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U.S. News & World Report, Nov. 19, 2019
Animal Study Offers Hope for Treating Traumatic Brain Injuries
“The idea to regrow neurons that die off after a brain injury is something that neuroscientists have been trying to do for a long time,” said study leader Robert Hunt, an assistant professor of anatomy and neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine. “But often, the transplanted cells don’t survive, or they aren’t able to migrate or develop into functional neurons.”

WBUR, Nov. 19, 2019 (Audio)
When It Comes To Vaping, Health Officials Insist There’s A Lot At Stake
Frances Leslie at the University of California, Irvine says the nicotine in vaping products can disrupt a developing brain. “It’s unfortunate that a whole generation of teenagers are basically guinea pigs for the effects of nicotine in the brain. … A very brief low-dose exposure to nicotine in early adolescence increases the rewarding properties of other drugs, including alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine. And these are long-term changes.”

Gizmodo, Nov. 18, 2019
Some Arctic Sea Ice Is Acting Like It’s Mid-Summer
Usually, the dip in temperatures coupled with the lack of sunlight causes ice to build back up quickly. This year, though, growth has been much slower. Sea ice data crunched by University of California, Irvine PhD candidate and Arctic watcher Zack Labe shows that ice extent is the lowest on record for this time of year by a long shot.

Orange County Business Journal, Nov. 18, 2019
Startups & Innovations – Financing
The ANTrepreneur Center at the University of California-Irvine has received $550,000 from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. The funds will be used to add new technology to the facility, host special events and provide travel opportunities for participating students. … The ANTrepreneur Center works in partnership with UCI Beall Applied Innovation and the UCI Division of Undergraduate Education to instill an entrepreneurial spirit in undergraduate students. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Canada’s National Observer, Nov. 19, 2019
Nearly 3 billion people have lost their freedom in the name of ensuring public order. Now what?
“The internet has given people access to information unimaginable in past generations. It has given marginalized communities the ability to communicate their positions and communicate with one another, across all sorts of borders,” David Kaye, the United Nations special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and a clinical professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, told National Observer. “But,” he added, “it has indeed become a place of harm, to individuals, communities, (and) public institutions.”

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