UCI News

Time, Oct. 24, 2019
He’s the First African American to Receive a Face Transplant. His Story Could Change Health Care
After being transferred to the University of California Irvine Medical Center, [Robert] Chelsea spent four months drifting in and out of consciousness as doctors fought to save his life. He had 18 surgeries in that time—mostly skin grafting for his burns, but also abdominal operations to treat serious gastrointestinal complications that had developed as his body struggled to stay alive. … One of his surgeons, Dr. Victor Joe, called him “one of the sickest patients we’ve had.”

WOSU, Oct. 23, 2019 (Audio)
Wellness Wednesday: Understanding Drug Stimulants
Some prescription stimulants intended to treat attention deficit disorder, have a history of misuse by people who are seeking a “brain boost.” The problem has been acute among young college students. A new study out of the University of California suggests that nonmedical use of stimulants brings with it negatives than positives. … Guests: Sara Mednick, sleep expert and cognitive neuroscientist, School of Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine ….

CNBC, Oct. 23, 2019
‘There are lives at stake’: PG&E criticized over blackouts to prevent California wildfires
“There are lives at stake,” said Jack Brouwer, an engineering professor and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. “I can’t over emphasis the calamity that these events cause at the neighborhood level. Hundreds of health care facilities don’t have back-up generators,” he said. “If you’re out of power for an hour, that’s fine, but for a couple of days — those lives count as much as those that would be lost in a fire.” The blackouts could also seriously hamper local response efforts for fire emergencies, Brouwer added.

OC Weekly, Oct. 23, 2019
UC Irvine Mathematics Professor Makes History with Award
UC Irvine Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Svetlana Jitomirskaya has won the 2020 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, UC Irvine officials announced yesterday. Jitomirskaya is only the second woman in the prize’s 60-year history to win the honor, and the first woman ever to win it alone. “To say I am honored and humbled to receive this prize–to now be on the same list with so many of my absolute heroes–is a huge understatement,” Jitomirskaya said in this Oct. 22 UCI news release.

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 24, 2019
lauren woods, “American Monument,” at the Beall Center for Art + Technology
In this timely exhibition, the artist explores the ways in which African Americans have lost their lives due to police violence. Painstakingly compiled through government records requests, the central work is a sound installation in which viewers can employ the installed turntables to play audio from police killings. … Through Feb. 8. UC Irvine, 712 Arts Plaza, Irvine, beallcenter.uci.edu. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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