UCI News

Newsweek, Sept. 11, 2020
Air pollution from California wildfires in some regions ‘unprecedented’
“In my experience, the impact of the current fires is unprecedented and exposures may prove dangerous for many people,” Michael Kleinman, from the Department of Medicine at the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health, University of California, Irvine, told Newsweek in an email. … “The particles which are generated by the burning of biomass materials from trees and shrubs contain metals (some of which are toxic) and organic compounds (many of which are very irritating to the respiratory tract…and some of which cause damage to the lungs and possibly the heart,” Kleinman said.

National Geographic, Sept. 10, 2020
Dark matter warps galaxy clusters more than expected, shaking up cosmic theory
Future models must explain this two-faced behavior of dark matter at small scales. “It’s like trying to walk through several different needles at the same time,” says James Bullock, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Irvine who wasn’t part of the study.

Grist, Sept. 11, 2020
How California can recover from wildfires without leaving its most vulnerable behind
“While people claim that disasters do not discriminate, there are human decisions that make some populations more vulnerable than others,” said Michael Méndez, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, who co-authored the article. “The big picture is understanding that systemic racism and cultural norms determine who is a worthy disaster victim.”

Becker’s Hospital Review, Sept. 11, 2020
Healthcare in 2025: Get ready for the ‘digital health twin’
Tom Andriola, vice chancellor of IT and data at UC Irvine, shares his bold prediction about what healthcare will look like in 2025. “How about … allowing me to help build a ‘digital health twin’ infused with data from many different sources provided by my health provider, my insurer and, most importantly, by myself. Let’s ensure that there is an integrated view of my state of health, and there are tools at my fingertips that help me make good choices and plot a health trajectory based on my goals.”

Voice of OC, Sept. 11, 2020
How the pandemic made UCI composer Michael Dessen’s world go Zoom
Michael Dessen – composer, trombonist, bandleader and professor at UC Irvine – has been performing networked musical performances, “telematic” music, for years, creating live concerts via the internet with musicians from around the globe. He understands better than most how to work with that effect, and how reducing that latency gap can lead to better online performances. And now, suddenly, with every concert hall in the nation boarded up, that knowledge is very, very useful.

Previously “In the News”