UCI News

Daily Pilot, Oct. 16, 2019
UC Irvine shows off new Plaza Verde, its ‘greenest’ student housing
Enrique Lavernia, university provost and executive vice chancellor, said the facility was constructed with sustainability in mind and called it the “greenest housing facility in the entire University of California system.” “It’s powered by solar panels on the parking structure and it has amazing sustainable attributes such as native drought-tolerant landscaping that uses recycled water,” Lavernia said. “Water-conserving water fixtures [keep] water usage down by 50%, and an all-electric system [makes] appliances a lot more energy-efficient.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange Coast Magazine, Oct. 16, 2019
Disney in Class: UC Irvine Associate Professor Teaches A Course Dedicated To Disneyland
UC Irvine associate professor Roland Betancourt teaches a course on the Magic Kingdom, “Disneyland: Art, Architecture and Operation.” … “The class is a survey of Disneyland and trying to put Disneyland into the context of the history of the middle to late 20th century. One of my interests is the history of industry and manufacturing, and how do technologies developed for industries and mass production suddenly turn into amusement ride experiences.”

The Conversation, Oct. 16, 2019
Stimulants: Using them to cram for exams ruins sleep and doesn’t help test scores
Sara C. Mednick, Associate Professor, Cognitive Science, University of California, Irvine writes, “Between 2008 and 2012, nonmedical use of stimulants in 18- to 25-year-olds increased from 5.7% to 9.3%. The last two decades saw a 10-fold increase. While college-age adults show the greatest prevalence, up to 20% of those 12 and up report experience with nonmedical use of prescription drugs, indicating that the diversion of these medications for nonmedical use begins in middle and high school.”

U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 16, 2019
What Causes Kidney Stones?
More men than women develop kidney stones, says Dr. Sean Nordt … an adjunct associate professor of emergency medicine at UC Irvine in Orange, California and an emergency room physician at UC Irvine Medical Center. Overall, about 10% of men and 7% of women develop kidney stones, according to epidemiological studies.

People, Oct. 16, 2019
How to Recognize a Mental Health Crisis — and What You Can Do to Help
Recognizing mental illness is the first step in making a change, and something that can be difficult to spot. Stephen Schueller, assistant professor of psychological science at UC Irvine and executive director of PsyberGuide, a directory of mental health apps, says to look for “major shifts in interest, motivation, or behavior.” “This might take the form of either seeing yourself or a loved one no longer doing the things they used to do or enjoy, change the way they are spending their time or being less socially-involved,” he tells PEOPLE.

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