UCI News

The Orange County Register, Sept. 23, 2022
Watch out, Alzheimer’s! Big new grant at UCI, new drug trial at Hoag coming for you
UC Irvine, a longtime hub of Alzheimer’s investigation, has been awarded a $47 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to support a team developing next-generation mouse models for studying late-onset Alzheimer’s. … “It’s an incredibly exciting time, and there’s a lot of promise,” said Joshua Grill, director of UCI’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders. … The project’s next phase will be co-directed by Frank LaFerla, dean of the School of Biological Sciences; Andrea Tenner, a Distinguished Professor of molecular biology and biochemistry; and Kim Green, a professor of neurobiology and behavior. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Orange County Business Journal, Sept. 26, 2022
UCI Researchers Get 5G Security Grant
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine are sharing in a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to seek improvements for security on 5G mobile networks. … The independent federal agency has awarded the funds to a multidisciplinary team at UCI’s Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute (CPRI), Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences and Blackberry …. “This phase one is the exploratory phase where we look over issues carefully and then make a larger proposal for the hardcore technology development,” CPRI Executive Director Bryan Cunningham said …. The UCI team will probably involve between five and 10 people, including Cunningham and computer science Professor Ian Harris. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Fatherly, Sept. 22, 2022
Is 6 Hours Of Sleep Really Enough? Science Has A Very Clear Answer
“Sleep is one of our basic functions, and it is important because being awake is very energy-consuming, and it’s very stressful,” says Sara Mednick, Ph.D., a [professor of cognitive science] at the Mednick Sleep and Cognition Lab at the University of California, Irvine. “Sleep helps us learn what we’ve experienced during the daytime, keep the ideas that we want and let go of a lot of information that we don’t need, and then make connections between our new experiences and what we know about the world.”

NPR, Sept. 21, 2022
Adnan Syed’s case is unique. Withholding of potentially exculpatory evidence is not
There were at least 2,400 exonerations in the U.S. between 1989 and 2019, and in 44% of cases it was the withholding of potentially exonerating evidence that resulted in a prisoner’s release, according to a 2020 paper from the National Registry of Exonerations. “Prosecutorial misconduct and police misconduct are the most common contributing factors” to exonerations, says Simon Cole, director of the registry [and UCI criminology, law & society professor]. “And within that, the concealing of evidence, which is what’s alleged in [Syed’s] case, is the most common subtype of official misconduct.”

Managed Healthcare Executive, Sept. 20, 2022
HIV Care and the Trans Community | A Brief Conversation With Theodore Gideonse, Ph.D.
When it comes to HIV care—as opposed to HIV infection or HIV risk—the biggest challenges for trans people are access and discrimination, which are entwined. Theodore Gideonse, M.F.A., Ph.D., assistant professor of teaching, health, society, and behavior at the University of California, Irvine, spoke about HIV care issues in the trans community with Managed Healthcare Executive®.

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