UCI News

The New York Times, Oct., 29, 2019
‘But Mom, Video Games Are My Job’
The University of California, Irvine, offers scholarships to play e-sports in games such as Overwatch and League of Legends …. In a phone interview … Mark Deppe, director of the e-sports program [said] “Students sometimes ask about the ‘path to pro.’ I tell them to think about the path through pro. Even if you become a professional gamer, that career isn’t likely to last more than a couple of years. You need to have a plan for what you will be doing after you hang up the mouse and keyboard. E-sports can’t be your final destination.” That’s straight from the horse’s mouth, and you have Mr. Deppe’s permission to quote him when you talk to your teen. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Daily Pilot, Oct. 24, 2019
UCI professor elected to National Academy of Medicine
Krzysztof Palczewski, a professor of physiology and biophysics at UC Irvine, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine — one of the highest distinctions accorded to professionals in the medical sciences, health care and public health fields, according to a news release. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

EdSurge, Oct. 28, 2019
How to Connect With Your Kids’ Digital Interests and Become a Media Mentor
Mimi Ito, cultural anthropologist and learning scientist at UC Irvine, [writes]: “As part of my research on how kids interact digitally, I’ve also talked to many parents about what it might mean to be a media mentor—a parent who engages and guides in addition to monitoring and setting limits. Here are three steps to help you make the transition from being a time cop to media mentor.”

Fatherly, Oct. 28, 2019
How Mass Incarceration Creates Absentee Fathers and Troubled Children
Young children with fathers in prison are more likely to have behavior problems and suffer from depression, and middle-class children may especially feel the pain, according to Kristin Turney, a sociologist at the University of California at Irvine. “These families are likely to experience the biggest loss, to suffer the greatest changes in family routines, to be unprepared for the resultant hardship, and to be unable to mobilize social support networks,” she wrote.

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 27, 2019
Monks’ eviction from Long Beach Cambodian Buddhist temple riles congregation
Elizabeth Tinsley, an assistant professor in UC Irvine’s East Asian Studies department who has researched Buddhism, heard about the crisis and visited the temple twice. Tinsley said that, although eviction was a legal reality, it’s also largely irrelevant because the monks’ Buddhist precepts prohibit them from owning personal property; in any situation, they must rely on donations. “The community is there to support them because we need pure and monastically trained figures in our world to perform rituals for us,” Tinsley added. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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