UCI News

Daily Pilot, Sept. 17, 2019
UC Irvine’s Middle Earth housing opens two new towers days ahead of student move-in
A $130-million expansion to the towers — UC Irvine’s student residency hall named after Middle-earth, the world in which Frodo’s journey to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom takes place — was unveiled Monday afternoon, just in time for Friday’s move-in day. … “Aren’t [the towers] something? It is outstanding in every way,” UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman said in opening remarks laden with references to the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Popular Science, Sept. 17, 2019
This deadly fungal disease could use climate change to mobilize
Right now, the fungus is restricted by rain and temperature to its current territory, but climate change will lift some of those environmental barriers. “We know Valley fever and the fungus that causes it is limited to places that are hot and dry—really the desert climates,” said lead study author Morgan Gorris, a researcher in the department of earth system science at the University of California, Irvine.

Orange County Business Journal, Sep. 16, 2019
Study Rejects Link Between Screen Time, Mental Health
A just-released study by University of California, Irvine psychological science professor Candice Odgers and three fellow researchers debunks the negative connotations of too much screen time. … What’s more, the study also found that “engagement with the digital world can have real-world benefits” for youngsters. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Inc., Sept. 18, 2019
How Technology Fails Employees in the Modern Workplace
The University of California, Irvine conducted a study on how much impact interruptions have on workers, and they found that it takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds to recover from an interruption. Over the course of a day, and with something as little as a notification chime that pulls their attention to an email that must be answered or a phone call that must be taken, that can have a terrible impact on the employee’s output and productivity. It increases stress, pressure to work faster, and effort it takes to get a task done.

Scientific American, Sept. 18, 2019
Deforestation Intensifies Warming in the Amazon Rain Forest
Paulo Brando, a tropical ecologist at the University of California, Irvine, and the Woods Hole Research Center, who was not involved in the study, cites reduced evapotranspiration as another possible contributor. He says the cumulative effect of the patchwork of clear-cutting is enough to impact the entire region. “As you slow down the capacity of this system to cycle water, you cause regional warming,” he adds.

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