UCI News

The New York Times, Oct. 24, 2018
Even a 10-Minute Walk May Be Good for the Brain
“It was exciting to see those effects occurring so quickly and after such light exercise,” says Michael Yassa, the director of the U.C. Irvine Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and senior co-author of the new study with Hideaki Soya of the University of Tsukuba. The findings show that exercise can change people’s brains and minds right away, he says, without requiring weeks of working out. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

National Geographic, Oct. 23, 2018
This iceberg is perfectly rectangular—here’s why
Eric Rignot, a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and a professor at UC Irvine, agrees that Larsen C’s massive size created the rectangular shape. “The ‘bergs detaching from Larsen C are so big, they look perfectly rectangular or with linear features because they were created from rifts that run across the ice shelf for hundreds of kilometers straight,” he notes. “In Greenland, you would not find these rectangular bergs so much because it is warmer, icebergs break into smaller pieces and the glaciers are smaller as well.”

Orange County Business Journal, Oct. 23, 2018
UCI Gets $14.7M Grant
UC Irvine’s program, created by professor Carol Booth Olson, was one of three projects to be awarded the Education Innovation and Research expansion grant this year. Waterford Institute in Sandy, Utah and WestEd in San Francisco, Calif. were the other two recipients. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci]

The California Aggie, Oct. 23, 2018
In speech at UC Davis, UC Irvine chancellor says universities cannot enforce hate speech codes
UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman [said], “The arguments for limiting hate speech are strong,” and acknowledged how hate speech “hurts marginalized communities.” … “However, he argued that censorship and the regulation of ideas is even more harmful, and claimed that universities have no jurisdiction over hate speech. “We argue that any viewpoint can be expressed on campus,” Gillman said. “It is still not legal for public universities, such as UC, to enforce hate speech codes.”

Hoover Institution, Oct. 29, 2018
China’s Demographic Prospects to 2040: Opportunities, Constraints, Potential Policy Responses
Professor Wang Feng of UC Irvine and Fudan University and colleagues calculated that as of 2010 Chinese seniors earned less than 40 percent of the resources that were sustaining them at age 65; just 20% at age 70; and maybe 10% at age 75. 

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