News in Brief

Alumnus and Sept. 11 Survivor Shares Experiences
As part of UCI’s Disability Awareness Week, Michael Hingson, UCI alumnus and survivor of Sept. 11, will be speaking about his experiences on Oct. 27 at the Crystal Cove Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Hingson, who has been blind since birth, was able to escape from the 78th floor of the World Trade Center before the tower collapsed with the help of his guide dog, Roselle.
Hingson is a member of the National Federation of the Blind and, since Sept. 11, has been representative of Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Research Attributes Stress to Impaired Development
Dr. Tallie Z. Baram and her team of researchers from UCI’s College of Medicine and colleagues from other institutions, recently discovered that high stress levels during infancy and childhood can result in poor development of communication zones in brain cells.
They discovered how the neuropeptide CRH, which is a messenger of stress, can inhibit the growth of dendrites, which are branches of neurons that send and receive messages from the brain.
Baram and her researchers developed a blocker for CRH. Research still needs to be done to see if the blocker will be successful in animals and humans.