UCI News

Bloomberg, Nov. 30, 2022
Opinion: Jiang Zemin’s Death Could Haunt Xi
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, [Chancellor’s Professor], a historian of modern China at the University of California, Irvine who studies protest, points out the importance of Chinese diasporas, of Chinese students abroad who are holding vigils for the Urumqi apartment fire and demonstrations in solidarity, even when their mainland counterparts cannot. Those images trickle back home, as he argues, helping to keep the flame alive.

Mental Floss, Nov. 30, 2022
11 Scientific Advancements Inspired by Sci-Fi Stories
Alon Gorodetsky, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UC Irvine, is one of the scientists working on human invisibility. Gorodetsky says he was “inspired by a lot of science fiction-type stuff that I used to love as a kid ….” In a 2020 Nature Communications paper, Gorodetsky and a team of scientists outlined how they used a protein from the opalescent inshore squid, which—like many other cephalopods—can camouflage itself by changing color to match its environment, to turn human kidney cells almost completely transparent. Gorodetsky believes this is just the start; his goal is to “make human skin that can change its transparency, like squid skin.”

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 30, 2022
Review: L.A. artist Alexis Smith upended taboos. A thrilling new museum exhibition shows how
When Alexis Smith began to make art as the 1970s launched, two taboos apparently proved irresistible. Judging from the persuasive evidence in a marvelous, long-overdue retrospective of the Los Angeles artist’s exceptional career, she went straight for them. … The stage is set in the earliest work among the 51 gathered for “Alexis Smith: The American Way,” deftly organized by curator Anthony Graham at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, where the show is on view through Jan. 29. From 1971, the year after she graduated from art school at UC Irvine …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Verywell Fit, Nov. 29, 2022
Gassy on a Plant-Based Diet? That May Be a Good Sign
However, most people in the U.S. only average about 15 grams per day, with consumption steadily decreasing over the last century, according to Katrine Whiteson, PhD, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of California, Irvine. “Lack of fiber intake in the industrialized world is starving our gut microbes, with important health consequences,” she says. … In addition to increasing the amount of fiber overall, Dr. Whiteson emphasizes that plant diversity is also crucial.

FISM TV, Nov. 30, 2022
Study: intense aerobic exercise lowers cancer risk by 72%
James Hicks, Ph.D., a professor at the University of California Irvine, said even moderate exercise can have a protective effect against cancer. “Hundreds of epidemiological studies, comprised of millions of participants, provide strong evidence that regular, daily activities like brisk walking significantly reduce the risks of many cancers,” Hicks said. “These results show 10 to 20 percent risk reductions for bladder, breast, colon, endometrial, esophageal adenocarcinoma, and renal and gastric cancers.”

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