UCI News

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 20, 2017
Applause, and a caution, for the planned Museum and Institute of California Art
In the wake of the exciting news that UC Irvine plans to build a Museum and Institute of California Art, two thoughts have been rumbling around inside my head. One concerns art, the other, architecture … MICA and the Buck Collection are important precisely because they keep their confident eye on the prize — understanding and valuing the extraordinary art of California. Shouldn’t that extend to the staggering wealth of talent among California architects? [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

U.S. News & World Report, Nov. 20, 2017
Treatments That Might Restore Myelin in Multiple Sclerosis
“Although no specific treatment for remyelination has yet to be approved by the [Food and Drug Administration], there are new drugs in the pipeline,” says Dr. Michael Sy, assistant professor in the department of neurology at UC Irvine School of Medicine. … “What we’re working on now is not just slowing down myelin damage, but regenerating the sheath. This would be a sea change because modern medicine doesn’t grow things. We typically just focus on preventing more damage.”

The New York Times, Nov. 21, 2017
The Contradictions of Joseph Conrad
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, English professor at UC Irvine, writes, “I turned my back on reading Joseph Conrad in 1967. This was also the year that I published “A Grain of Wheat,” my third novel, which I wrote soon after reading Conrad’s “Under Western Eyes.” I could not put words to what repelled me, because, despite the unease, his influence on my work was unmistakable, and long lasting. …The difference in style was a result of my encounter with Conrad.”

Vogue, Nov. 20, 2017
What Jeff Sessions’s Faulty Recall Can Teach Us About Selective Memory
Elizabeth F. Loftus, PhD, professor of psychology and law at the University of California, Irvine, agrees about the egocentric bias; however, it’s also important to acknowledge memory loss and false memory, she points out. While memory loss is the failure to account for something—such as where you placed your keys—false memory is a record of something entirely different or untrue. “One is the absence of something, and one is the presence of something,” Loftus says ….

People, Nov. 21, 2017
‘I Was a Prisoner in My Own Body’: One Man’s Incredible Recovery From Locked-In Syndrome
“When you hear about recovery, what it usually means is that the person was able to take the surviving circuits and squeeze some new behaviors out of them,” says Dr. Steve Cramer, a University of California-Irvine neurologist, who attributes Mike’s rebound to the brain’s innate ability to find work-arounds—and also to Mike’s optimism, strong social support and Type-A drive.

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