UCI News

Daily Pilot, Oct. 4, 2019
UC Irvine unveils $2-billion fundraising drive for research, healthcare, scholarships and culture
In what the university calls the largest philanthropic campaign in Orange County history, UCI publicly launched a five-year fundraising drive Friday morning in an effort to bolster its scientific research, healthcare, student scholarships and cultural undertakings. … “We’re looking for donations from all sources — from individuals, from foundations, from business leaders, from individual citizens like you and me,” Vasich said. “We really want to engage our alumni and we’re making connections with 75,000 of our alumni. We want our alumni to get involved in getting back in touch with being an Anteater.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Orange County Register, Oct. 4, 2019
UC Irvine goes public with $2 billion fundraiser for research, student scholarships, an art museum and more
Called “Brilliant Future: The Campaign for UCI,” the campaign kicked off a public phase on Friday, Oct. 4, with a celebration on campus. University officials made a significant dent in their ambitious goal during the earlier “quiet phase,” raising nearly $776 million in the past four fiscal years, and this week’s announcement signifies “a very big push to take this to the finish line,” UCI spokesman Tom Vasich said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Guardian, Oct. 4, 2019
False witness: why is the US still using hypnosis to convict criminals?
There is a deeper problem, though, which is that inaccurate memories are common even in non-hypnotic police interviews. An accumulating body of research shows that the thing almost every investigation relies on to some extent – witness memory – is not good forensic evidence. … “There’s still a common lay belief that memory works as a recording device,” said Elizabeth Loftus, an expert in eyewitness identifications at the University of California at Irvine.

Fast Company, Oct. 3, 2019
Food, clothes, utilities: How people are using their cash from the country’s biggest basic income pilot
Another large study in four cities, led by a researcher at the University of California-Irvine, will look at the effect on young children when families receive a guaranteed income. Presidential candidate Andrew Yang is running on a policy of giving everyone in America a $1,000-a-month “Freedom Dividend” (though his plan differs in that the money is designed to replace some other government programs, like food stamps).

Inside Science, Oct. 3, 2019
How CBD Keeps THC in Check
But THC can also cause unpleasant side effects like paranoia, dissociative thoughts, impaired memory or even psychotic episodes. … Daniele Piomelli, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine who was not involved in the study, said CBD has been long suspected to modulate the effects of THC, but the mechanism has remained unclear. “This study is interesting because it provides at the molecular and synaptic level a mechanism by which CBD can counter THC,” he said.

Top social media posts, Sept. 26-Oct. 3, 2019

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Elvish inscription in Middle Earth

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