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Orange County Register, Sept. 25, 2019
Therapy dogs Pixel and Dexter bring smiles to UCI Medical Center employees
“Pet therapy has been around for a long time, and we usually go to patients,” Pat Patton, chief nursing officer at UCI Health, said. “We found through the work of (the) wellness program that we could bring it to our employees as well. “It brings smiles to people’s faces, it gives them that break,” Patton said. “It gives them that way to just to connect to something else besides the day-to-day patient care and helps them go on and take better care of patients here at UCI.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

World Economic Forum, Sept. 26, 2019
AI can help us predict the size of the next forest wildfire
“A useful analogy is to consider what makes something go viral in social media,” says lead author Shane Coffield, a doctoral student in earth system science at the University of California, Irvine. “We can think about what properties of a specific tweet or post might make it blow up and become really popular—and how you might predict that at the moment it’s posted or right before it’s posted.”

Mashable India, Sept. 25, 2019
The U.N. Just Confirmed That The Ocean Is Screwed
Just this week, Arctic sea ice dropped to its second-lowest level on record, which is over 2 million square kilometers below the average minimum ice extent during previous, cooler decades. “The rapid changes in the Arctic are some of the clearest indicators of anthropogenic climate change,” Zack Labe, a climate scientist and Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Irvine, told Mashable.

Inc., Sept. 25, 2019
This Neuroscientist Was Diagnosed as a Secret Psychopath at Age 60. Here Are 3 Signs You Might Be One Too
In 2005 58-year-old UC Irvine neuroscientist James Fallon was looking at brain scans of both serial killers and his own family for two different studies he was conducting. … The brain of one family member looked a whole lot like the brains of the criminals. “I got to the bottom of the stack, and saw this scan that was obviously pathological,” he told Smithsonian Magazine. Who was this secret psychopath in his own family?

Literary Hub, Sept. 26, 2019
The Freedom of Tossing The Scarlet Letter From a High School Curriculum
In my English courses at UC Irvine, I had fallen in love with novels, stories, and writers that I could never have dreamed of back in my high school English class. … Langston Hughes’s The Ways of White Folks featured breathtaking prose and stories that opened my eyes to a vast world of racial dynamics far more complicated than the bubble in which I had grown up in Orange County.

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