UCI News

KABC, Sept. 2, 2022 (Video)
The push for greener schools: How community groups are fighting extreme heat inequities
Asphalt and non-green spaces can be 30 to 50 degrees hotter than air temperatures, according to Michael Méndez, an assistant professor of environmental policy and planning at University of California, Irvine. “The asphalt is absorbing the heat instead of reflecting it,” Méndez explained. “So just imagine young children or teachers out in the sun, and essentially baking and experiencing a sauna effect that puts stress on their bodies, gives them headaches, makes them more vulnerable to heat stress,” he continued.

The Washington Post, Sept. 5, 2022
Trauma, time and mental health — new study unpacks pandemic phenomenon
A new study says a majority of Americans experienced time distortions at the beginning of the pandemic, which are common during traumatic times. … “There are relatively new therapies that can be used to help people regain a more balanced sense of time,” E. Alison Holman, a professor of nursing at the University of California, Irvine and a co-author of the study, says in a news release. “But if we don’t know who is in need of those services, we can’t provide that support.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

The New York Times, Sept. 5, 2022 (Opinion)
Opinion: Work Is Intrinsically Good. Or Maybe It’s Not?
I interviewed the lead author of the “Moralization of Effort” paper, Jared Celniker, a postdoctoral scholar in psychology at the University of California, Irvine. His co-authors are Andrew Gregory, [postdoctoral researcher], Hyunjin Koo, [Ph.D student], Paul Piff, [associate professor] and Peter Ditto, [professor] — all of Irvine’s department of psychological science — and Azim Shariff of the University of British Columbia’s psychology department. “This intuitive moralization of effort that we do to other people, but even to ourselves, drives a lot of weird cultural things,” Celniker said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

WIRED, Sept. 6, 2022
This Follicle-Hacking Drug Could One Day Treat Baldness
In a study published in Developmental Cell last month, Maksim Plikus, professor of developmental and cell biology at the University of California, Irvine, and chief scientific officer of hair biotech company Amplifica, uncovered the role of a potent signaling molecule called SCUBE3. This protein might reshape how physicians approach baldness. … By activating stem cells present in people’s scalps, SCUBE3 hacks hair follicles to restart the production line and promote rapid growth.

Orange County Business Journal, Sept. 5, 2022
UCI Health Plans $80M Irvine Inpatient Hospital
UCI Health is looking to expand its already substantial development plans in the area around John Wayne Airport, with the construction of a new rehabilitation hospital in Irvine. The rapidly growing academic healthcare system, the clinical enterprise of University of California, Irvine, last week got city planning approvals for a 52-bed, 69,750-square-foot in-patient convalescent facility. … The project, called the UCI Health Rehabilitation Hospital, is expected to average 42 patients and would be open around-the-clock. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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