UCI News

Southern California Public Radio, Oct. 14, 2015
Democratic debate: Latino politics professor, young dems weigh in
Louis DeSipio
, professor of political science and Latino studies at UC Irvine, says viewers came to hear about the issues, and the presidential hopefuls didn’t disappoint. “I thought it was a good show,” he said. “I think they were civil with each other, which was a little bit different from the Republican debates, so overall I think the Democrats put on a good face.”

Scientific American, Oct. 15, 2015
Neuron transplants may one day reverse blindness
In a groundbreaking study published in May in Neuron, a team of neuroscientists led by Sunil Gandhi of the University of California, Irvine, transplanted embryonic mouse stem cells into the brains of other mice. … In visually impaired mice, the transplant allowed for the restoration of normal vision, as demonstrated by tests of visual nerve signals and a swimming maze test.

Orange County Register, Oct. 14, 2015
Medical community is bracing for ‘right to die’ law to go into effect
Dr. Solomon Liao, director of palliative services, UCI Medical Center, [said], “The new law will change the face of palliative care to some degree, because it gives patients an option that didn’t exist before …. But patients who get good palliative care will not have a reason to want to die.”

Science Friday, Oct. 14, 2015
Did dark matter kill the dinosaurs?
“People my age are taught in grad school that the most reasonable and well-motivated model for dark matter is the WIMP model − the WIMP miracle,” says James Bullock, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Irvine. “It explains so many things, a lot of astronomers take it as gospel.”

Orange County Register, Oct. 14, 2014
As cost to host rises to $4 million, Irvine says it will sit out next two Solar Decathlon events
While the event appears unlikely to return to Irvine this decade, Casa Del Sol, the sustainable solar home built by the team of Orange County students, looks to become a permanent fixture. … A letter to the council from UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman … said the house “embodies Orange County’s concern for the environment and commitment to sustainability, and reflects an Orange County aesthetic.”