UCI News

The Orange County Register, Sept. 27, 2022
‘Culinary medicine’ is making diet and wellness an integral part of a successful treatment plan
“In medical school we get very little nutritional training, but patients think, ‘Oh, my doctor should know what I should eat, what diet I should follow,’ ” says Nimisha K. Parekh, M.D., a University of California, Irvine [HS clinical professor and] gastroenterologist who directs the UCI Health Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program. … UCI’s new Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences building is scheduled to open in October, and the culinary medicine program will expand from just classes that medical students can take to cooking classes that the community will be able to enjoy in a state-of-the art teaching kitchen: the Nutrition Education Center. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

The Scientist, Sept. 27, 2022
Ford Foundation Sunsets Diversity Fellowships
“I mourn the loss of this safe space for the generations of scholars of color who will no longer have the support of the Ford Foundation,” program alumnus Adriana Briscoe, [professor of ecology and evolutionary biology] at the University of California, Irvine, writes in an email to The Scientist. … For Briscoe, the Ford Foundation’s fellowship offered a lifeline that allowed her to keep conducting her research when few other funding options were available. … “The work … funded by the Ford Foundation—is the absolute basis of my entire scientific career and my achievements as a faculty member,” she says.

KPCC, Sept. 27, 2022 (Audio)
The State Of California Prisons; Mental Health, Solitary Confinement, And The Mandela Act
Joining us today on AirTalk is professor of criminology at UC Irvine, Keramet Reiter, professor of psychology at UC Santa Cruz, Craig Haney and peacekeeping and legal lead at Dignity and Power Now, Michael Saavedra to discuss the use of solitary confinement in California prisons, its impact on mental health, and how prisons became a warehouse for the mentally ill.

NPR, Sept. 27, 2022
Black prison exonerees outpace white counterparts, study says
Innocent Black people are significantly more likely to face wrongful convictions than innocent white people, a September report by the National Registry of Exonerations found, highlighting the stark racial disparities Black Americans continue to battle within the U.S. justice system. … The National Registry of Exonerations is a project of the University of California, Irvine, the University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law. It studies and analyzes exonerations for homicide, sexual assault and drug offenses from 1989 to the present.

BrainFacts, Sept. 26, 2022
What Scientists Learned Amid the Fluctuating Fad in Mirror Neurons Research
“Here was something that showed a path to how all these things may have started out with mirror neurons,” said University of California, [Irvine] neuroscientist [and Distinguished Professor] Gregory Hickok, “and then blossomed into everything wonderful and amazing about humans.” … By 2014, the mentalizing theory began to unravel in earnest. First, Hickok published a book entitled “The Myth of Mirror Neurons,” detailing logical fallacies and contradictory data among hundreds of scientific papers.

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