UCI News

CBS Los Angeles, Sept. 23, 2016
UCI opens first eSports arena hoping to take advantage of exploding gaming industry
The sports arena for gaming is the first of its kind on a university campus. An estimated 2,000 showed up tonight to test out the new facility for eSports.

Daily Pilot, Sept. 23, 2016
UC Irvine takes gaming to a new level as its eSports arena opens
“When people like to watch professional basketball or football, people also want to watch the best gamers in the world play against the other best gamers in the world,” said Jesse Wang, president of UCI’s Assn. of Gamers, a student group. … “This is for everyone, regardless of whether you’re an athlete, an artist or an administrator,” Wang said. “It’s about bringing a community together, and I think that’s something we’re going to prove here.”

The Atlantic, Sept. 26, 2016
Virtual classrooms can be as unequal as real ones
Better-educated and higher-income students are also more likely to know where to look for the best online classes. That’s according to Di Xu, a professor of education at the University of California, Irvine …. Xu is part of a team at UC Irvine that received a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation last year to research teaching and learning techniques in online environments.

Orange County Register, Sept. 24, 2016
Japanese law impedes a U.S. family’s plan to donate newborn’s organs should she die
“Here, we can think of a loved one as gone even if their heart is beating,” said Angela Jenks, assistant teaching professor of anthropology at UC Irvine. “For many people in Japan, a person isn’t only located in their brain, and death of the brain doesn’t automatically mean the death of a person.”

MSNBC, Sept. 24, 2016
Candidates in debate prep crunch time
(In) less than 48 hours presidential candidates will compete in a ninety minute debate. UC Irvine business Professor Peter Navarro and former speech writer for President Obama David Litt discuss preparations and the possibility of Trump going off scale.

The New York Times, Sept. 25, 2016
Court leader or leading dissenter? Chief justice’s fate tied to election
In any event, Chief Justice Roberts is unlikely to compromise on his core commitments, said Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of the law school at the University of California, Irvine. “There are some areas where Roberts holds very conservative views, such as marriage equality, abortion and affirmative action, and he will be in dissent if Justice Scalia is replaced by a Democratic president,” Professor Chemerinsky said.

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