UCI News

Spectrum News 1, Nov. 4, 2022
UCI receives $8 million from state stem cell research agency
New money flowing into the University of California, Irvine will further entrench the school as a premier hub for stem cell research in neurology. The $8 million donation comes as the state injects hundreds of millions a year into stem cell research. The university will receive the money over five years from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. “It’s absolutely a game changer. Not just for us, but for all of California,” said UCI professor Dr. Daniela Bota, director of the school’s Alpha Clinic at the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center [and UCI School of Medicine’s vice dean for clinical research].

PBS NewsHour, Nov. 5, 2022 (Video)
In California’s redrawn 47th district, the House race is a toss-up
University of California, Irvine [political science and law] professor Tony Smith says when it comes to Orange County voters, there’s more than meets the eye. … But ultimately says Tony Smith, it may all come down to who exactly shows up to cast their ballot. … “We see 18- to 30-year-olds turning out and almost 40% if you can extrapolate from early voting, and that’s going to be a historic high for that age group.”

The Orange County Register, Nov. 2, 2022
Microgrid will let these Menifee homes keep lights on during outages
UC Irvine has been quietly turning its entire campus into a microgrid for the past decade, using gas- and steam-powered turbines to provide 19 megawatts of power. “What sets a microgrid aside is (power) generation,” said Scott Samuelsen, a UC Irvine engineering professor and Menifee project researcher. “It can operate on its own in case of a grid outage.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Oct. 27, 2022
Building Community
Being “authentically engaged” with the communities she serves is core to what Frances Contreras [UCI dean and professor] sees as her mission as she takes on the role of the first Chicana/Latina person to lead a University of California (UC) System school of education… “What does it mean to be a school that serves not only its community but a state in creating models to influence policy, practice, partnerships across what we’re calling as a school a Pre-K through 20+ continuum,” she asks.

Houston Public Media – Town Square with Ernie Manouse, Nov. 7, 2022 (Audio)
The Latest on Alzheimer’s Disease: What Researchers Are Learning About the Disease
Researchers are working hard to find a cure to Alzheimer’s disease … Through their efforts, new research and studies have proven helpful in ways to prevent the disease and even possible treatments. We learn about these findings from our panel of medical experts …. We also discuss the 90+ Study, which studies people over the age of ninety, how they live to that age, and whether their minds show any signs of decline. … Guests: Dr. Ahmad Sajjadi, Cognitive Neurologist, Associate Professor of Neurology and Pathology, University of California, Irvine ….

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