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Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 27, 2019
Assessing the Value of an Undergrad Degree
A broad and ambitious attempt to understand what students get out of higher education, both experientially and intellectually, took an important step this week at the University of California, Irvine. Richard Arum coauthored the high-profile book Academically Adriftwhich evaluated the critical thinking skills students gain in college, with unflattering results for higher education. Arum is now dean of the university’s education school, where he is leading a project to survey students’ experiences in college as well as learning outcomes that have in the past eluded measurement.

Daily Pilot, Sept. 26, 2019
Around Town
UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business has launched an innovation and entrepreneurship master’s program, the only one of its kind in the University of California system …. UC Irvine’s Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders held its fifth annual Hope & Help Gala … raising nearly $400,000 to increase awareness for those affected by autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Tom Andriola has been named UC Irvine’s vice chancellor of information technology and data. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

JPR, Sept. 25, 2019 (Audio)
How A.I. Can Help Predict Wildfire Outcomes
It would certainly help if fires were more predictable, and they just might be.  Researchers at the University of California-Irvine used machine learning, a kind of artificial intelligence, to predict how big a wildfire might get, based on the ignition point and the conditions where the fire started. The tests have shown some promise in predicting the eventual size of fires; research co-author Shane Coffield visits with details of the work.

Science 101, Sept. 27, 2019
AI solves a Rubik’s cube without human help
While computers have been solving Rubik’s cubes with regularity, they typically required some coaching and interaction from humans. This time, at the University of California, Irvine, researchers programmed a machine-learning algorithm, called DeepCubeA, to solve a Rubik’s Cube completely on its own. The algorithm did astonishingly well.

The San Diego Union Tribune, Sept. 25, 2019
Commentary: Why California’s landmark stem cell agency deserves more funding
Lawrence S.B. Goldstein, professor, UC San Diego; Aileen Anderson, professor, UC Irvine and Malin Burnham write, “CIRM funded critical early-stage research at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine and UCSD that played a crucial role in the development and FDA approval of two new highly effective cancer drugs targeting cancer stem cells in various types of blood and bone marrow cancers. … Similarly, CIRM funding at the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center at UC Irvine led to Phase I and II clinical trials for retinal disease and spinal cord injury.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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