UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, Nov. 25, 2019
School scenes
Ed Thorp, a legend in Las Vegas and on Wall Street, and mentor to Bill Gross, now lives on at the school where he was a founding professor of mathematics—University of California-Irvine. The author of “Beat the Dealer,” ranked No. 3 on Amazon in blackjack even more than 50 years after its publication, donated his papers to UCI. The school responded with a recent event that included an hour-long conversation before an audience of 200. … To see the exhibition on Thorp, visit the UCI Library. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Scientific American, Nov. 2019 Special Edition
This Year in Science
Every year it seems that science becomes more central to tackling society’s problems. With engineers trying to head off dangerous global warming, Richard Conniff takes stock of the technologies available to remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere. … [UCI Associate Professor] Cailin O’Connor and [UCI Professor] James Owen Weatherall apply network science to explain why misinformation goes viral so easily.

The New York Times, Nov. 26, 2019 (Book review)
Book Review – Sports
Decades earlier, and on another coast, Billy Garland, a real estate developer in Los Angeles, was deciding that his city should pursue hosting the Olympic Games. “It had been an outlandish notion,” [UCI Professor] Barry Siegel writes in Dreamers And Schemers: How an Improbable Bid for the 1932 Olympics Transformed Los Angeles From Dusty Outpost to Global Metropolis …. But Garland was the kind of man who saw great possibility in even the most challenging situations. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 26, 2019
Are drug-addicted mothers liable for babies’ deaths? A legal and ethical debate rages
Michele Goodwin, a law professor at UC Irvine and author of the forthcoming book “Policing the Womb,” said women prosecuted in connection with the drug-related deaths of stillborn children overwhelmingly live in poor, unstable environments. “What makes these prosecutions so deeply problematic is that coinciding with these women’s poverty and also their drug use and addiction happen to be the situations in which they live,” Goodwin said. “This is an area where there’s so much ambiguity.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 26, 2019
Gratitude and Stress Reduction
Marcelle Hayashida, University of California, Irvine [Associate Vice Chancellor, Wellness, Health and Counseling Service] says “I am grateful for my team here at UCI.  This team consists largely of people I have had the pleasure of hiring or promoting, and they are persevering in an extremely difficult quarter with unprecedented student crises.  I am grateful for excellent health insurance and thorough doctors, who are skilled at helping me manage various autoimmune issues. Finally, I am grateful for my family, who help me put work stressors into perspective.  Taking a break to be grateful for finding and marrying my best friend, having hilarious children, and having supportive parents provides a desperately needed opportunity to slow down and “not sweat the small stuff.””

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