UCI News

Health Day, Sept. 10, 2019
Are Hookahs Safer Than Cigarettes? Chemical Study Says No Way
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, measured emissions during a typical communal hookah session. … “Hookah mainstream smoke — that which is directly inhaled by the user — has many toxic and harmful chemicals, such as nicotine, which can lead to tobacco addiction; irritating carbonyl compounds; and benzine, a known carcinogen,” said study lead author Veronique Perraud. She’s an associate project scientist in the university’s Department of Chemistry.

Daily Pilot, Sept. 10, 2019
Non-prescribed stimulants may improve short-term focus but fail users in the long run, UCI researchers say
But according to a recent study conducted at UC Irvine’s Sleep and Cognition Lab, taking stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin … can impair sleep and the mental functions that rely on it. Study co-author Sara Mednick, a UCI associate professor of cognitive sciences and director of the sleep lab, said she decided to take on the subject … “People are reporting that they take [non-prescribed stimulants] to study and get smarter,” Mednick said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Outsports, Sept. 11, 2019
The re-education of coach Russell Turner
[UCI Coach Russell] Turner hopes the national conversation that formed out of his blunder has helped open the minds of other coaches that the words they use can have more impact than they ever realized. He also hopes his example — sharing his journey publicly — can help others walk down a path of education and acceptance, whether its before they make a hurtful mistake or after. Jason Collins said he’s proud of how his former coach has handled the situation. Everyone makes mistakes — It’s how people handle the mistakes that we see their true character.

Orange County Business Journal, Sept. 11, 2019
UCI Names Andriola IT Chief
University of California-Irvine named Tom Andriola its vice chancellor of information technology and data, a new position. … The move underscores the school’s tech focus: it incubates and accelerates technology and companies, including in its UCI Beall Applied Innovation, under Richard Sudek, and runs a Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute, under Bryan Cunningham. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Conversation, Sept. 11, 2019
How the pain of 9/11 still stays with a generation
Dana Rose Garfin, UCI research scientist, Department of Psychology and Social Behavior writes, “As an applied social psychologist, I study  responses to natural and human-caused adversities that impact large segments of the population – also called “collective trauma.”  My research group at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) has found that such exposures have compounding effects over the course of one’s lifespan. This is particularly relevant for children who have grown up in a post-9/11 society.”

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