NPR, Oct. 21, 2020 (Audio)
Study of diabolical ironclad beetle’s exoskeleton could help improve aircraft
David Kisailus of the University of California, Irvine says what sets the diabolical beetle apart is the unusual architecture of its outer shell. “The two halves of its exoskeleton, which are called elytra … this structure is fused together. It’s no longer able to fly. … So what we found was that interface has a jigsaw-puzzle-like geometry that provides exceptional interlocking strength.”
WHYY, Oct. 23, 2020 (Audio)
Michael Yassa, professor of neurobiology at the University of California Irvine, explains what we know about how memories are stored and accessed in our brains.
Techwire, Oct. 22, 2020
Women in tech group aims to connect, empower
A new diversity affinity group at UC Irvine was announced in August — Women in Technology at UCI (WiT UCI). Shohreh Bozorgmehri, founder and inaugural chair, said the group aims to connect, inspire, and empower women working, researching, and teaching in technology-related fields across campus.
Union of Concerned Scientists, Oct. 23, 2020 (Blog)
Who do you trust?: Mobilization, polarization and the erosion of public expertise
David S. Meyer, UCI professor of sociology and political science writes, “So, who do we trust for expert judgment? The criteria for expertise are achingly obvious and conventional: specialized training in a relevant area, experience in working on similar problems, and engagement in a professional community which shares a set of methods for adjudicating disputes. In truth, the COVID-19 case provides a particularly garish example of the costs of ignoring the relevant experts—professionals from public health, epidemiology, and infectious disease—generally agree.
98.5 The Sports Hub, Oct. 22, 2020 (Podcast)
University of California Irvine’s Varsity Overwatch chances
The University of California, Irvine continues to be one of the top esports schools in the country. Not only for its level of play but also for its emphasis on player/student wellness. This more holistic approach to esports created a template that many universities across America emulated. UCI innovated once more with the addition of a new assistant coach for their Overwatch team. But he shares his expertise from the other side of the country. Michael Kuhns isn’t in California at all but in Florida. He coaches 100% remotely, something that might become all too common in a post-COVID world.
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