National Geographic, Sept. 2016
Why there’s new hope about ending blindness
The untapped potential of stem cells has drawn others pursuing blindness cures, including Henry Klassen of the University of California, Irvine. Klassen has spent 30 years studying how to coax progenitor cells … into replacing or rehabilitating failed retinal cells. Having successfully used retinal progenitor cells to improve vision in mice, rats, cats, dogs, and pigs, he’s testing a similar treatment in people with advanced retinitis pigmentosa.
KQED, Sept. 29, 2015
Five years later, many see criminal justice realignment as success
The most comprehensive study of realignment’s impacts was released this spring, spearheaded by researchers at the Public Policy Institute of California. UC Irvine criminologist Charis Kubrin worked on what she calls the first “systematic, scientific analysis” of realignment.
USA Today, Sept. 30, 2016
Parents spend more time with children now than they did 50 years ago
The study’s findings shocked study co-author Judith Treas, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of sociology. “According to economic theory, higher wages should discourage well-educated parents from foregoing work to spend extra time with youngsters,” she said in a statement. … Treas said the trend might be due to “intensive parenting,” the idea that time spent with children is critical for development.
California Healthline, Sept. 30, 2016
Beware of unapproved stem cell treatments
But so far, the only stem cell treatments approved for wide use in the U.S. involve stem cell transplants from bone marrow or blood for patients with certain cancers and other disorders, says Sidney Golub, director of the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. … “There are some really exciting developments showing great promise, but they are unproven at present,” Golub says.
The Boston Globe, Oct. 2, 2016
It’s time to free speech on campus again
Given the broad range of life experiences our students bring to the university, our faculty have a professional responsibility to create an inclusive learning environment, as persuasively argued by [UCI law school Dean] Erwin Chemerinsky and [UCI Chancellor] Howard Gillman in an upcoming book about free speech on college campuses.
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