Time, Sept. 24, 2015
How a paralyzed man walked again
The breakthrough was the work of a team led by Zoran Nenadic, an associate professor in biomedical engineering at the University of California, Irvine, who took advantage of the fact that while a spinal cord injury severs the neural connection to the legs, it does no damage at all to the region of the brain that is responsible for sending the command that gets the legs moving in the first place.
BuzzFeed, Sept. 24, 2015
Paralyzed man walks again using signals transmitted from his brain to his legs
Dr Zoran Nenadic, a neurologist at the University of California, [Irvine], said in a statement: “We’ve been able to, for the first time, allow a person to walk hands-free without pressing buttons. It’s a short distance, of course, but in terms of significance, it’s a very exciting step.”
BBC, Sept. 24, 2015
Paralyzed man moves legs using brain-reading device
The researchers at the University of California, Irvine, used a brain-computer interface to bypass the damage in a man who had been paralyzed for five years. … One of the researchers, Dr. An Do, said: “We showed that you can restore intuitive, brain-controlled walking after a complete spinal cord injury.”
Fox, Sept. 23, 2015
UCI world record
Students at UC Irvine have now set another world record. This time for the largest game of capture the flag ever, 2,888 students got together on campus just yesterday. They have the new Guinness record. This is the sixth year in a row that UC Irvine has set a world record. In 2010, the school had the largest dodgeball game ever and then last year they held the world’s largest pillow fight.
The Huffington Post, Sept. 24, 2015
Pope to Congress on climate change: ‘I am convinced we can make a difference.’
Jack Miles, director of religious studies at UC Irvine [writes] … “Last month, Ramanathan appeared with the Dalai Lama at UC Irvine in what became a prophetic moment in the Tibetan leader’s 80th birthday celebration. As part of this “Global Compassion Summit,” Ramanathan spoke on a climate change panel of how First World investment could enable the bottom billion to help save the planet by entirely skipping the fossil-fuel step on the path from wood-burning energy to solar energy.”