Media Watch

The Daily Mail

Could this smart sticker save asthmatics from attack? Patch measures movement of the ribs and sends warning to your PHONE if your breathing gets worse

The Daily Mail -
A sticker asthmatics wear on their skin could warn when an attack is looming, research suggests. When worn on the abdomen, sensors in the sticker measure the strain being put on a user's rib cage. … The research was carried out by the University of California, Irvine, and led by Michelle Khine, a professor of biomedical engineering.

California’s ‘smart’ energy future glows on the horizon—but how to get there?

CALmatters -
Gene Tsudik, a UC Irvine professor and one of the participants, is a computer scientist specializing in privacy and security. … “We are surrounded by smart devices all over the place. Of course, they violate your privacy.” … One takeaway for Scott Samuelsen, director of UCI’s Advanced Power and Energy Program, which ran the project, is that while the adoption of smart home devices is growing fast, regulation and consumer protections that should accompany them are not keeping pace. “The market is out of control with respect to regulation (of devices),” Samuelsen said. “We are in a free-for-all.”

Smart skin sticker could detect asthma attacks before they happen

NewScientist -
The device is made using Shrinky Dinks – plastic sheets that shrink to a fraction of their original size when heated. They are popular among children because they can be coloured and cut into shapes before shrinking. … It could be a useful tool for monitoring people with chronic lung conditions, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis, says Michelle Khine at the University of California, Irvine, who led the team. People will use the device by sticking it to their lower ribs.
Lab Manager

Nurturing Talent

Lab Manager -
Susan Seestrom, chief research officer and associate laboratories director for advanced science and technology at Sandia, will be mentoring the first two fellows—Mercedes Taylor, who earned her doctorate in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and Chen Wang, who completed her doctorate in materials science at the University of California, Irvine.
National Geographic

An unexpected side effect of drought: Higher carbon emissions.

National Geographic -
Most of the time, the researchers found, the utilities fell back on carbon-emitting sources like natural gas and coal to fill their power needs. It’s not ideal, but it makes sense, says Amir AghaKouchak, a civil and environmental engineer at the University of California, Irvine. “Under drought conditions, the priority is to use water for people and cities, and managers might prefer to burn gas for energy,” he says. “Because you have alternatives for getting energy from different sources—but you don't have alternatives for water.”

Scientists Engineer a Better Way to Direct Evolution

LabRoots -
Earlier this year, three researchers shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for pioneering a process called directed evolution … The process was considered painstaking and laborious; however, scientists at the University of California, Irvine have now streamlined the process. … Arjun Ravikumar, a recent recipient of a biomedical engineering Ph.D. at UCI [said] "Our work has reduced evolution to be an extremely rapid, straightforward and scalable process."

New Cancer Immunotherapy Technique Can Specifically Target Tumor Cells

Inquisitr -
Researchers at the University of California at Irvine have developed a new immunotherapy screening technique that will allow doctors to target tumors without the side effects of standard cancer drugs, giving specialists the opportunity to create individualized cancer treatments. The tracking and screening system identifies T-cell receptors with 100 percent specificity for individual tumors, according to Lab On A Chip.
Los Angeles Times

It’s time cellphone signal jammers were installed in people’s steering wheels

Los Angeles Times -
The trick, said A. Lee Swindlehurst, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at UC Irvine, is “to find a sweet spot where only the driver’s device is jammed,” regardless of where he or she holds their phone. This is technically feasible, he said, “but it would be a challenging design.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to]
Study International

Be ahead of the curve in our changing world: Pursue a career in IT

Study International -
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE (UCI) The Samueli School of Engineering faculty conducts ahead-of-the-curve interdisciplinary research in embedded systems, with a hands-on learning focus that attracts high-achieving students who want more than just a classroom experience. The school is highly ranked, landing 21st in US News & World Report‘s list of best public engineering graduate schools, whilst its undergraduate programme ranks 24th among US public schools.
Health Data Management

Combined laser and X-ray tech promises big boost in resolution

Health Data Management -
The device, being installed at the University of California-Irvine’s Applied Innovation Center, uses laser technology that uses high-energy, short-duration laser pulses used to generate X-rays for imaging procedures. … “We see this as a pivotal moment in imaging,” says Bruce Tromberg, MD, professor of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery, and Director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, co-located on the UCI campus. “There is little doubt that this represents a new frontier for medicine.”