UCI News

91.5 KJZZ, Sept. 18, 2019 (Audio)
Academics Combine Science And Humanities To Combat Climate Change
A pair of academics at the University of California-Irvine decided to merge the science and humanities disciplines in an effort to raise awareness of, and to fight, climate change. They are Steven Allison, professor of ecology, and Tyrus Miller, dean of the School of Humanities. They joined The Show to discuss their efforts.

Big Think, Sept. 16, 2019 (Video)
Truth vs Reality: How we evolved to survive, not to see what’s really there
Donald Hoffman, professor of cognitive science at the University of California [says], “Evolution may have primed us to see the world in terms of payoffs rather than absolute reality — this has actually helped us survive. Those who win payoffs are more likely to pass on their genes, which encode these strategies to get to the “next level” of life.”

Daily Pilot, Sept. 18, 2019
Newport considering campaign to encourage people to donate to charity, rather than give to panhandlers
But task force member David Snow, a sociology professor at UC Irvine who has done extensive research on homelessness, said an area study he participated in found that the median monthly income of a homeless person was $500, refuting “the sense that homeless who panhandle make a great deal of money.” “If the homeless, in general, believe they can do better panhandling … than even minimum-wage jobs, that’s a bad bet,” he said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Alaska Public Media, Sep. 18, 2019 (Audio)
Can artificial intelligence help predict Alaska wildfire growth?
Using Alaska wildfires in their recent study, researchers at the University of California Irvine say they have a new way of predicting wildfire growth, right at the time the fire ignites. … Shane Coffield is a graduate student in the Earth System Science program at UC Irvine and lead author of the research paper. He spoke with Alaska Public Media’s Casey Grove.

OC Weekly, Sept. 19, 2019
Asm. Petrie-Norris Asks Governor to Sign Sea-Level Rise Bill
Two UC Irvine scientists, Dr. Kathleen Treseder and Dr. Brett Sanders, spoke at the event about the need for the bill (click here for our recent story on Treseder’s research on the link between climate change and Valley fever; click here for our extensive look at how sea-level rise will affect Orange County’s coastline, which relied heavily on Sanders’s research).

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