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CBS News, February 25, 2015

Apple adds diversity to the face of texting

“Emoji are popular particularly in mobile communication because it’s about a shift toward doing conversational interactive communication over text messaging,” University of California, Irvine professor Mimi Ito said.

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Wired, February 25, 2015

How the Sahara keeps the Amazon green

The link: Dust. … “Even tens of millions of years after South America separated from Africa, the two continents are still inextricably linked, like an older brother and a younger brother,” says Charlie Zender, a climate scientist at the University of California, Irvine.

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Orange County Register, February 25, 2015

For these Cuban Americans living in Orange County, theirs is a house divided

Younger Cuban Americans still feel a strong commitment to democracy and other principles passed on by their elders, said Anita Casavantes Bradford, assistant professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies at UC Irvine. “Often, they feel very torn between exploring their own heritage and maintaining a loyalty to their parents, respecting what their parents lost,” she said.

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ABA Journal, February 25, 2015

Chemerinsky: SCOTUS gets another look at the Affordable Care Act

The issue before the Supreme Court is simply stated: “Does the Affordable Care Act authorize the IRS to provide tax credits to individuals who purchase health insurance on a federally facilitated exchange?” … Erwin Chemerinsky, dean and Distinguished Professor of Law … at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

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Journal Sentinel, February 25, 2015

In defense of the Wisconsin Idea, from 2,088 miles away

Creating a caste system of cheap, public, “vocational” universities for the poor and enhanced private universities for the rich is not consistent with the history of public university education, nor does it support the tradition of upward mobility and opportunity that is the American dream. … Mary C. Gilly is the chair of the University of California Academic Senate and a professor of management at UC Irvine.

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The Wall Street Journal, February 24, 2015

Researchers study awe and find it is good for relationships

Researchers believe awe is powerful because it takes us out of our own heads. “Awe minimizes our individual identity and attunes us to things bigger than ourselves,” says Paul Piff, assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine. PDF

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Daily Mail, February 24, 2015

The ‘invisibility cloak’ that hides you from thermal imaging: Material that mimics cuttlefish skin could conceal soldiers under infrared light

Alon Gorodetsky, a materials chemist at the University of California, Irvine, and his colleagues say the material they have produced is transparent and so can be used with traditional military camouflage.

 

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The Diplomat, February 24, 2015

Young Chinese parents hesitate on second child

“The majority of the people who are eligible to have two children now are born after 1980s. It is important to put into perspective that they are the generation that grew up mostly free from hunger and poverty,” said Feng Wang … UC Irvine.

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U.S. News & World Report, February 24, 2015

Supreme Court to weigh employer’s responsibility in avoiding discrimination

“Overall, this is a court that has very much favored employers in employment discrimination suit,” says Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law. “But the context of this case makes it likely the court will be much more sympathetic to the woman who did not get hired because of wearing a head covering.”

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Hong Kong Herald, February 24, 2015

U.N. free expression rapporteur shares thoughts on Burma, upcoming challenges

A clinical professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, Kaye was appointed as special rapporteur by the U.N. Human Rights Council to serve a three-year term starting on Aug. 1, 2014.

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NPR, February 24, 2015

Through 10 years of mining his grief, a novelist makes ‘Nice’

Novelist Geoffrey Wolff was the director of Sumell’s writing program at UC Irvine when Sumell began writing his story in Making Nice. “A new voice is a big deal,” Wolff says. “Matt Sumell has a voice that I’ve never heard before. I love his writing for its idiom, but particularly for its rhythms – the way he gets on a roll with it.” [Geoffrey Wolff is an English professor emeritus at UC Irvine.]

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Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2015

Prop. 47’s effect on jail time, drug rehabilitation is mixed so far

The key to the new law’s success will be whether the cost savings are indeed spent on drug treatment, said Elliott Currie, a professor of criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine. “If it is not going to do that … we’ll see people out there floundering more than they already are,” Currie said.

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