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Forbes, Sept. 9, 2020 (Contributor)
Playing with video gaming culture
That gaming can be a career beyond being a pastime was something I heard from everyone I interviewed. Jake Fyfe, an avid gamer who is now an industry exec at Nant Games said “College E-sports are getting real big” he said, singling out University California, Irvine as having some of the most progressive sports programs. “There’s a lot of real opportunity for kids to build careers not just playing games but the whole infrastructure that’s grown around producing these productions,” Fyfe said.

Resilience, Sept. 10, 2020
Building resilience: Towards A wildfire-proof future
According to James Randerson, a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, “There are really two separate trends,” with regards to wildfires. “Even as the global burned area number has declined because of what is happening in savannas, we are seeing a significant increase in the intensity and reach of fires in the western United States because of climate change.”

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 10, 2020
To cruise or not to cruise. Loyalists face a dilemma
Infectious disease expert Andrew Noymer speculates that they will also slash prices. “They’ll do that to bring out the risk-takers,” said Noymer, an associate professor of public health at UC Irvine who specializes in mortality and disease prevention. “There will still be ample transmission possibilities onboard,” he added. “I would recommend people not do it. The advice columnist in me says, ‘Don’t go.’” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Tri States Public Radio, Sept. 10, 2020 (Audio-Opinion)
Commentary: Familiar companions and deep dives
Recently I’ve read Frank Wilderson’s Afropessimism twice. Like Signs and Meaning in the Cinema it focuses on theory, in this case, critical race theory, but the author surrounds the theory with autobiography. … Today, a Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine, he continues to search for meaning in a world that denies his humanity. The logic of his perspective and insights, coupled with the details of his life as a child, a college student, an anti-apartheid revolutionary, a writer, and scholar, is riveting.

Live Science, Sept. 10, 2020
How does cannabis get you high?
When a person smokes or inhales cannabis, THC “goes into your lungs and gets absorbed … into the blood,” according to Daniele Piomelli, a professor of anatomy & neurobiology, biological chemistry, and pharmacology at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. … THC that’s inhaled “reaches pretty high levels fairly quickly,” Piomelli told Live Science. Within 20 minutes, the circulatory system is carrying molecules of THC to every tissue in the body, including the brain, where it can alter neural chemistry.

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