UCI News

The Conversation, Sept. 14, 2015
Stem cells could help mend a broken heart, but they’ve got to mature
Ashley Fong [is a] Ph.D. student in molecular biology & biochemistry at University of California, Irvine. … Stem cells may be useful in tissue engineering therapies …. To advance these possible therapies, we need ways to take these heart muscle cells one step further, to maturity. I’m studying how the heart’s natural environment affects that maturation process.

Orange County Register, Sept. 14, 2015
Is getting a college degree worth it? New scorecard will help you decide
Meanwhile, students at selective UC Irvine paid on average about $11,944 a year. Typical earnings of former students: $55,800. UCI was singled out by the Obama administration as one of a handful of “engines of opportunity” for providing affordable education to low-income students. Students from families making less than $30,000 a year pay about $8,096 a year to attend UCI, according to the College Scorecard.

Digital Trends, Sept. 14, 2015
15 solar-powered homes designed for the Solar Decathlon
As part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, 15 schools are competing to design and build operational solar-powered houses. … University of California, Irvine, Chapman University, Irvine Valley College, and Saddleback College … Considering its southern California location, it’s not surprising the Casa Del Sol has drought-resilient landscaping.

Harvard Gazette, Sept. 14, 2015
Weighed down: Fat-Talk Nation finds lasting hurt in waistline fixation
Harvard anthropologist Susan Greenhalgh’s new book, Fat-Talk Nation: The Human Costs of America’s War on Fat, was inspired by student feedback she received from a class she taught at UCI. “‘Fat-Talk Nation’ was born on the campus of UC Irvine, where I was teaching [The Woman and the Body] and decided to offer students extra credit for writing an essay on diet, weight, and the [body-mass index] in the life of someone they know well.”