60 Minutes, Nov. 27, 2016
The Alzheimer’s laboratory
Dr. Claudia Kawas, a leading Alzheimer’s researcher and clinician at the University of California, Irvine, says she’s frustrated that she can’t offer her patients any hope. … “I have to say I’ve been doing this now for a third of a century. And when I started, I just never would have believed we would still not be closer than we are now to making a real difference. It has been a little disappointing.” It hasn’t been for lack of trying. Kawas gave us a quick primer on the tell-tale signs of Alzheimer’s in the brain after autopsy.
Orange County Register, Nov. 25, 2016
Focus: How California is leading the way in hydrogen fuel development
The National Fuel Cell Research Center at UC Irvine is responding to California Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandate that half of the state’s power sources must be renewable energy by 2030. The research center and the Southern California Gas Co. are developing a carbon-free “power-to-gas” system. … Here’s a look at how it works.
Reuters, Nov. 28, 2016
U.S. police shootings echo through criminology classrooms
One school, the University of California, Irvine, said it was considering a new course that would teach future police officers to empathize with people who have been arrested. … “Students are saying, ‘I was racially profiled,’ or, ‘I saw my father dragged away by the police,'” said Teresa Dalton, who teaches criminology at the University of California, Irvine.
Orange County Register, Nov. 28, 2016
What’s better for the environment, paper or reusable plastic?
“The whole point is we have to think of this in terms of the entire life cycle of our products,” said Rachel Harvey, sustainability program manager of student housing at UC Irvine and an activist who helped banish plastic bags from much of Hawaii. “The recycling bin is the last stop on their chain. We want people to be more intentional on the front end of the chain.”
The Atlantic, Nov. 25, 2016
Declaring addiction a health crisis could change criminal justice
Health professionals and recovery experts, including social psychologist and University of California, Irvine, criminologist Mona Lynch, agree that the criminal-justice system is not the place to treat addiction. … “We need to have the investment in public health and treatment programs,” said Lynch, who wrote a book on how federal drug laws are used …. “The criminal-justice system is, of course, a really expensive way to deliver health care. The punitive side of it can be counterproductive, particularly for addicts.”
The Washington Post, Nov. 23, 2016
West Antarctica is in huge trouble. But now, scientists say the problem may date back to 1945
“In terms of the human influence on the Antarctic, I think you have to be very cautious about over-interpreting the results of the paper, that’s the bottom line,” added Eric Rignot, a polar researcher with NASA and the University of California, Irvine who published a blockbuster study on the destabilization of the Amundsen Sea in 201
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