UCI News

Mother Jones, Sept. 3, 2020
Lunchtime photo
This may look like some kind of hobbit village, but it’s actually a part of Aldrich Park, which in turn is a part of the UC Irvine campus. The entire park is about a thousand feet across and is named after UCI’s first chancellor, Daniel Aldrich, who came up with the original idea of designing the campus as a ring surrounding a circular park. The campus has since expanded vastly beyond that original ring, but Aldrich Park remains. It is now home to five disc golf courses (white, red, green, black, and blue).

Workflow, Aug. 25, 2020
Colleges reopen with an assist from tech
Sharad Mehrotra and his associates at the University of California, Irvine are developing a way to trace contacts that accounts for both challenges. Their approach uses the school’s Wi-Fi network and specially designed software to collect data from sensors that can track individuals via their connected devices. When someone tests positive and shares their diagnosis, the system warns other students who have been near the carrier—all while keeping each person’s identity private. “Our technology has the potential to stop super-spreader events, even if we don’t know the super-spreader,” says Mehrotra, a professor of computer science at UC Irvine.

Daily Pilot, Sept. 4, 2020
‘Help keep a life’: Sage Hill senior Param Desagani launches podcast to spread mental health awareness
He interviewed Jessica Borelli, an associate professor of psychological science at UC Irvine, on the effects of COVID-19 …. “I’ve seen a lot of teenagers and kids’ lives really crumble during this time and during many different times and I think that’s really inspiring to see someone kind of standing up in a different way to try and do something, to go against the grain and to make the change for the better,” Borelli said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CTV, Sept. 4, 2020
Mount Royal University joins the esports world by offering accreditation
This certificate is in partnership with the University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education. “We developed the first professional esports certificate program in the world in 2018, have hundreds of graduates and provide students with a chance to bridge into the field and be a part of this exciting community in a unique way. UCI is delighted to partner with a reputable university like MRU to educate the next esports professionals in Canada,” said Stephane Muller, director of business and technology programs at UCI.

Broadway World, Sept. 3, 2020
South Coast Repertory presents Ten Dollar Taco—An original radio play and feast for the senses
Ten Dollar Taco is produced in partnership with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine. … Part fantasy, part adventure and part archeological dig, this exciting new work explores the playwright’s growing connection to the culinary artistry of her Mexican and Californian heritage. The cast features actors from UCI’s master of fine art program (school of the arts) and others from throughout the Southern California community.

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