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The New York Times, Oct. 10, 2019
60 Years of Higher Ed – Really?
It’s a new way of thinking about higher education. Not as a discrete four years of classroom learning, but stretching over the six decades or so that today’s college students are expected to work over their lifetime… “The real driver of the 60-year curriculum is the job market and length of life,” said Huntington D. Lambert, the dean of the division of continuing education and university extension at Harvard University, who is a leader in the movement.

NPR Michigan Radio, Oct. 10, 2019 (Audio)
How Vaping Nicotine Can Affect A Teenage Brain
Also aired on KBIA 91.3 FM
“It’s unfortunate that a whole generation of teenagers are basically guinea pigs for the effects of nicotine in the brain,” says Frances Leslie, professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of California, Irvine.

Player FM, Oct. 9, 2019 (Audio)
How Memory Can Be Manipulated
Our memories may not be as reliable as we think. Once we experience an event, most of us likely assume that those memories stays intact forever. But there is the potential for memories to be altered or for completely false memories to be planted, according to Elizabeth Loftus, PhD. Loftus, a distinguished professor at the University of California, Irvine, is an expert on human memory and she discusses how our recollections of events and experiences may be subject to manipulation.

The Progressive, Oct. 8, 2019
Hong Kongers Need to Prepare for a Long Fight. A Very Long One
One has been suggested by Professors Jeffrey Kopstein and Jeffrey Wasserstrom at the University of California, Irvine. The Hong Kong government may successfully suppress all militant resistance, and strongly restrict moderate rallies, they say. The police could further militarize and bear down on monitoring of the opposition and civil society groups.

Nutrition Insight, Oct. 9, 2019
Herbs for hearts: Industry sees potential in kitchen botanicals for treating hypertension
recent study from the University of California, Irvine, US, explains the molecular mechanisms behind herbs relaxing blood vessels. According to this research, many traditional botanical plants such as lavender, fennel and chamomile were found to lower blood pressure by activating a specific potassium channel (KCNQ5) in blood vessels.

c&en, Oct. 9, 2019
3-D printing forms superstrong, fracture-resistant ceramics
3-D printing offers a way to build ceramics without those fatal flaws, says Lorenzo Valdevit at the University of California, Irvine. He and his team used a commercially available technique called two-photon polymerization direct laser writing to build silicon oxycarbide structures that could withstand up to 7 GPa of pressure before breaking apart. That’s more pressure than high-strength steel can endure before it breaks, Valdevit says.

Science Blog, Oct. 9, 2019
By Storing ‘Sketches’ Of Data, Computer Scientists Seek To Transform Urban Systems
The five-year award is from the NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation division. It includes CSU collaborators Sangmi Pallickara and Sudipto Ghosh in the Department of Computer Science; Mazdak Arabi in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Jay Breidt in the Department of Statistics, and researchers from Arizona State University, University of California Irvine, and University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Yahoo! News, Oct. 10, 2019
Chemtrail Truthers Are Coming After Greta Thunberg
Despite their shared interest in the weather, chemtrail believers and climate activists have little common ground. That, according to Peter Ditto, a professor of psychological science studying motivated reasoning at the University of California Irvine, can be chalked up to conservative politics

Bangor Daily News, Oct. 10, 2019
CBD is in gas stations and even clothing. Here’s what Mainers should know before buying it.
CBD has some health benefits. Not many are proven and the average product probably doesn’t have a high enough dose to have an effect. Daniele Piomelli, director of the Institute for the Study of Cannabis at the University of California, Irvine, has heard it all when it comes to CBD’s benefit and how it can be consumed — in chocolates, sprays and even clothing.

Inside Higher Ed: Quick Takes, Oct. 10, 2019
Update: UC Irvine Grants Lecturer Paid Leave
The University of California, Irvine, this week agreed to a one-term paid medical leave for Andrew Tonkovich, a longtime lecturer of English who is recovering from brain surgery. Previously, the university twice denied Tonkovich’s request for paid leave, citing the fact that he is on a 75 percent appointment, teaching six courses per year instead of eight. Irvine said Tonkovich’s union contract stipulated that paid medical leaves are only for lecturers on 100 percent appointments. But he and the union argued that the university retained the ability to make exceptions.

UPI, Oct. 10, 2019
California bans controversial pesticide linked to health issues in children
California has been seeking to ban the pesticide for years as evidence shows it’s associated with health problems, including impaired brain and neurological development in children. In 2018, the DPR designated chlorpyrifos as a “toxic air contaminant” following a review of the product by the University of California, Irvine.

Homeland Security News Wire, Oct. 9, 2019
Supporting Coastal Communities Facing Changing Sea Levels, Coastal Flooding
University of California Irvine received $287,500 to develop modeling tools to study the effect of sediment management practices on the resilience and vulnerability of coastal communities and ecosystems in southern California

WNDU, News 16 Now, Oct. 9, 2019
School for children with learning disabilities focuses on life lessons
Students at UC Irvine’s Child Development Center learn more than history and science.

“What the program aims to do is teach those social skills or those communication skills that we don’t necessarily put any emphasis on in traditional schooling,” Executive Director Dr. Sabrina Schuck said.

Spectator Austrailia, Oct. 10, 2019
Donald Hoffman’s The Case Against Reality is a hard to get your head around
Either consciousness must somehow itself be physical, or else be merely an illusion.

Donald Hoffman, a cognitive science professor at the University of California, Irvine, reverses this strategy. He claims not to solve the problem of consciousness, but to remove an obstacle to its solution. In doing so, he rewrites reality. Decrying the futility of starting out from neurons, he starts at the other end, with what Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, etc — and also (Hoffman assures us) ‘most perceptual theorists’ — consider to be ‘the internal representations of the outside world’ that are ‘responsible for our perceptual experiences’. Like Bishop Berkeley in the 18th century, he ends up by insisting that nothing physical really exists. ‘To be is to be perceived,’ he happily quotes.

Security, Oct. 9, 2019
McCombs Launches First-in-the-Nation Healthcare Cybersecurity Leadership Program
“The number of data breaches is rapidly increasing across the globe and cybersecurity threats have a major impact on patient safety in health care organizations,” said Sri Bharadwaj, chief information security officer at UC Irvine Health and co-director of the program.

Healio, Oct. 10, 2019
Hypertriglyceridemia affects nearly 20% of adults with diabetes despite statin use
“Although statins are currently the first-line treatment for patients with diabetes based on the most recent dyslipidemia guidelines, a substantial prevalence of elevated triglycerides remains in patients with diabetes along with associated atherosclerotic CVD (ASCVD) risks despite statin treatment,” Nathan D. Wong, PhD, MPH, director of the heart disease prevention program and professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “Such information is important for understanding the role that newer therapies may play in reducing such risks.”


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