UCI News

KPBS, Sept. 10, 2021 (Audio)
20 Years After Attacks, Is The 9/11 Era Over?
UC Irvine psychology [Distinguished] professor Roxane Cohen Silver said the expected mass exoduses from cities and high-rises after 9/11 never actually happened. “There were many people in the days and months after 9/11 who predicted widespread psychological trauma, widespread psychological consequences for individuals in New York and on the East Coast that really didn’t materialize,” Silver said. “What we did see was a return in many ways to how things were prior to 9/11.” She said it’s too soon to tell if America will show the same resilience now because of the scale of its current turmoil. [Starts 2:34]

Nature, Sept. 14, 2021
The tangled history of mRNA vaccines
Years later, [Robert] Malone followed the Harvard team’s tactics to synthesize mRNA for his experiments. But he added a new kind of liposome, one that carried a positive charge, which enhanced the material’s ability to engage with the negatively charged backbone of mRNA. These liposomes were developed by [Professor] Philip Felgner, a biochemist who now leads the Vaccine Research & Development Center at the University of California, Irvine. … “It’s thrilling for me to see this,” says Felgner. “All of the things that we were thinking would happen back then — it’s happening now.”

Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 7, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: What ‘Back to Campus’ Messaging Is Missing
Marcelle Christian Hayashida, UCI associate vice chancellor of wellness, health and counseling services writes, “My hope is that we start the new academic year with an acknowledgment that we need more than just emails about cleaning practices, campus policies and where to get tested. … It is to acknowledge our shared humanity, the presence of negative feelings right alongside the positive ones and how hope can buoy us as we engage science, empathy, compassion and wisdom.”

Simons Foundation, Sept. 14, 2021
Super Agers and Centenarians: The Search for Protective Factors
Results to date suggest that super agers’ brains reflect their superior performance. MRI scans show that super agers’ cortical volume and thickness is larger than it is in average agers, and their rate of volume loss is lower. One region in particular, the anterior cingulate, seems to be thicker in super agers. Another longitudinal aging study, the 90+ study at the University of California, Irvine, led by [neurology, neurobiology, and behavior Professor] Claudia Kawas and collaborators, has replicated this finding and found that networks connected to the cingulate are thicker as well.

Numismatic News, Sept. 13, 2021
Oldest Known Mint Site Discovery
Bill Maurer is a professor of anthropology at the University of California Irvine, [dean of social sciences] and director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion. Maurer is not involved in the Guanzhuang excavations but is quoted in the August 6 issue of National Geographic magazine as saying, “Finding both coins and their molds is what allowed the researchers to radiocarbon date the mint, lending weight to their assertion that it’s the oldest known in the world.”

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