UCI News

The Washington Post (AP), Sept. 15, 2017
Video game players get varsity treatment at more US colleges
The University of California, Irvine, opened a new $250,000 “eSports arena” last year with financial backing from sponsors including a computer company and Riot Games, a video-game maker that organizes collegiate tournaments. … “It really builds a sense of community,” said Griffin Williams, a senior at UC Irvine who captains a team for the game “Super Smash Bros. Melee.” ‘’I actually feel more school pride than I would have had otherwise.”

Science, Sept. 15, 2017
Satellites measuring Earth’s melting ice sheets to go dark
There’s much that can still be done with GRACE’s archival data, says Isabella Velicogna, a geophysicist at the University of California, Irvine. For example, Velicogna and her colleagues recently used GRACE data to observe for the first time a strange, counterintuitive effect: Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are pouring water into the oceans and adding to sea level rise.

Dance Teacher, Sept. 14, 2017
Celebrated Choreographer Lar Lubovitch Becomes a Professor at UCI
In one of the expansive, sunlit dance studios at the University of California, Irvine, Lar Lubovitch throws out some nuggets of wisdom about the movement quality he seeks. … In July 2016, the university bestowed the title of Distinguished Professor on Lubovitch. … But what compels him to teach at this stage of his career? Check out this slideshow of images of Lubovitch in the classroom to learn why he’s going back to school.

HRE Daily, Sept. 13, 2017
The Price of Secrecy
So says a new study from researchers at the University of California, Irvine, who used questionnaire data from “a large U.S. governmental agency” to find that “lower employee trust with tenure is incrementally linearly lower over the course of employment, not the result of an early breach of the psychological contract.” “The decline happens incrementally over the span of an employee’s tenure with their organization when policy enforcement is kept secret from other employees,” says lead author Jone Pearce, dean’s professor of organization and management at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business, in a statement.

Surfer Magazine, Sept. 15, 2017
The Surfer As Philosopher King
Enter Aaron James, UC Irvine philosophy professor, Nias barrel rider, and author of the book Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning. In his book, James explores how we might find true purpose in life through surfing and why the requirements of finely “attuned” surfing just might improve social, economic, and ecological conditions on our planet. … We called him to ask about his new book.

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