UCI News

Orange County Register, Oct. 25, 2019
Hyundai to test self-driving vehicles as shuttle service in Irvine
BotRide is being marketed to UC Irvine students, who may not have cars or if they do, struggle to find parking, [Daniel] Han said. The company also is collaborating with researchers in the university’s business and engineering schools. Nick Schaffer, director of external relations for the UCI Paul Merage School of Business, called the collaboration “an opportunity for our school and students to be on the forefront of digital transformation. As we prepare our students to be leaders in the digitally driven world, this immersive experience allows them to gain first-hand insight into how technology is disrupting the business landscape.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Stem Cellar, Oct. 25, 2019 (Video)
A bridge to the future: training the next generation of stem cell scientists
One of our recent Bridges graduates is Zach Wagoner. Zach was a biology student and wondering what to do next to help him get some experience for a job when someone told him about the Bridges program. That set him on a course that is changing his life. So how did the random conversation impact Zach? The team at the UC Irvine Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center shot this video to answer that question.

The New York Times, Oct. 24, 2019
Opinion: The United States Has Never Truly Been a Democracy
It’s telling that many of the arguments about the end of democracy suggest it’s because we’ve given too much power to the masses, that we’ve become too democratic. A paper by Shawn Rosenberg, professor of political science and psychological science at the University of California, Irvine, claims that the problem is social media and that other technologies have disrupted the role of elites in guiding the masses through the intricacies of policy and economics. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Voice of OC, Oct. 25, 2019
Cooperative Garden Promotes Food Self-Determination for Santa Ana
They are also setting up an aquaponics system, which UC Irvine donated. Giant plastic tanks sit empty, waiting to hold plants that will grow in water. A separate tank will hold fish, probably tilapia, and the fish waste will be filtered to provide nutrients for the plants. Volunteers from UC Irvine are coming on Nov. 16 to finish setting up the system and the public is invited to come and help.

Daily Pilot, Oct. 24, 2019
Double, double toil and trouble — a new exhibit on witchcraft opens at UC Irvine
A new exhibit on witchcraft and its rise as a feminist identity is opening to the public Friday at the Langson Library at UC Irvine. “We Are the Witches You Couldn’t Burn” tracks the history and evolution of witchcraft between the 16th and 21st centuries. … Derek Quezada, outreach and public services librarian for UCI, said inspiration for the exhibit came out of work he was doing with a group of art history students to practice curation based on avant-garde Russian art. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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