UCI News

Rated RED, Sept. 23, 2016
Gaming to the next degree
The University of California, Irvine now awards scholarships for gaming and has even opened a 3,500-square-foot e-Sports arena, complete with 80 souped-up PCs and a live webcasting studio. Both the scholarships and gaming arena are part of UCI’s ongoing effort to promote studies like gaming and computer science.

Yahoo Esports, Sept. 26, 2016
Jesse Wang on UCI’s new eSports arena
Travis Gafford hits the books with eSports Coordinator Jesse Wang at the UCI eSports Arena. The new facility promotes recreational use in a LAN atmosphere, scholarships for League of Legends players, and pick-up events. Featuring special guest appearances by Xpecial and Cop.

U.S. News & World Report, Sept. 27, 2016
10 colleges that receive the most applications
School − University of California, Irvine; − Number of applications – 71,768; U.S. News rank and category – 39 (tie), National Universities.

Orange County Register, Sept. 26, 2016
Violent crime rises in California, U.S. − but is still low compared to past
UC Irvine Professor Charis Kubrin, of the department of criminology, law and society, cautioned that the numbers may look alarming but “there’s no evidence of a national homicide wave.” … “It is not uncommon for crime rates to ‘bounce around’ a bit, and given that we remain at historically low levels of crime, I wouldn’t be too concerned,” George Tita, a UC Irvine professor of criminology, law and society, said in an email.

Chemistry World, Sept. 23, 2016
Soil sponge soaking up far less carbon dioxide than expected
Climate models today use soil models based principally on laboratory studies, but terrestrial ecosystem scientist Yujie He of the University of California, Irvine … says these neglect some mechanisms that may prevent the carbon content of soil increasing rapidly. “Minerals in the soil bond very tightly to the organic compounds so that organic matter is harder to decompose in the soil,” she explains.

LA Weekly, Sept. 26, 2016
What’s Brad Pitt’s age? A new law could make it a secret
“This raises serious First Amendment problems,” says Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Irvine’s School of Law. “The law is clear that there is a First Amendment right to publish truthful information that is lawfully obtained. Holding someone liable for publishing accurate facts likely violates the First Amendment.”

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