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Scientific American, November 20, 2014

Sewage could provide fuel of the future

“I love it. It’s like my baby,” said Brouwer, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, Irvine. He’s been working in collaboration with FuelCell Energy on the tri-generation plant for more than a decade. … “We use so much fuel that we can’t replace all of our transportation demand with this,” he said. “But we can replace a big chunk of it. And that’s very important.”

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The Atlantic, November 20, 2014

Why God will not die

I have been working as an editor for seven years on the massive new Norton Anthology of World Religions, which earnestly aims to put a century of comparative religious scholarship at the disposal of a public, including policy makers, struggling with the political consequences of involuntary religious mingling on a planet without a religious majority. … [Jack Miles is a Distinguished Professor of English at UCI.]

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Orange County Register, November 20, 2014

Jesse Jackson joins UCI panel on Ebola and civil rights

Don’t reject the infected, reject the infection. That was the message civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson delivered …. Joining Jackson in the forum were Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, Andrew Noymer, associate professor at UCI’s Department of Public Health, Dr. George W. Woods from the International Academy of Law and Mental Health and Michele Goodwin, professor of law at UCI.

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Press Enterprise, November 20, 2014

Corona: Hospital partners with UC Irvine

UC Irvine doctors will advise physicians at Corona Regional Medical Center under a new partnership that hospital officials said will enhance their medical care. … “This affiliation is a logical extension,” said Terry A. Belmont, CEO of UCI Health, which operates the clinical, medical education and research areas of the university. “We’re already helping Corona physicians with difficult pregnancies.”

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Orange County Business Journal, November 20, 2014

UCI nabs stem ed grant

The University of California, Irvine will work with three community colleges to recruit and retain women and minority students to study science, technology, engineering and math at the schools, an effort supported in part by a $1.8 million grant. … Funds will also help launch FabWorks, a “rapid design, innovation and prototyping” workshop at UCI’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering with “open studio space for students to design and build things,” the university said.

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OC Weekly, November 20, 2014

Why karaoke is important to immigrants in OC

Christine Bacareza Balance, an assistant professor of Asian American studies at UC Irvine, says that how earnest or ironic you are while at karaoke is a cultural difference as well. … “So you kind of have to show that you understand that; you have to create an ironic distance by hamming it up and making it funny or being über-dramatic onstage.”

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Newsweek, November 19, 2014

The end of eyewitness testimonies

Elizabeth Loftus, a memory expert, had reviewed the case files and was brought into a pretrial hearing to explain the complexities of eyewitness testimonies and the fallibility of memory. … Suggestive behavior by law enforcement is still a widespread problem, according to Loftus, now a professor of social ecology, law and cognitive psychology at the University of California, Irvine. [Erika Hayasaki is an assistant professor of English at UCI.]

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Radio Boston, November 19, 2014

Harvard sued for allegedly limiting number of Asian-Americans it admits

Harvard University’s admission policies were challenged Monday when the Project on Fair Representation sued the school on behalf of Asian-American students denied admission. The students are part of the nonprofit Students for Fair Admissions …. WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with an academic who studies these issues. Jennifer Lee, professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine.

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The New York Times, November 19, 2014

Voter ID laws scrutinized for impact on midterms

“Wholly apart from the question whether there’s going to be any demonstrable effect on turnout or election outcomes, there’s a real harm here,” said Richard L. Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine. “Nobody should be denied the right to vote who’s eligible, absent good reason.”

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Constitution Daily, November 19, 2014

Video: Chemerinsky and Rosenkranz debate the future of the Supreme Court

Most Americans share the perception that the Supreme Court is objective, but is it? Preeminent constitutional scholars Erwin Chemerinksy and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz tackled this controversial question at the National Constitution Center.

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Wired, November 19, 2014

How people’s political passions distort their sense of reality

“This is a general phenomenon, and liberals do it, too,” said psychologist Peter Ditto of University of California, Irvine, an expert in motivated reasoning who was not involved in the new study. “What we’ve got is this contest of moral visions that has become a factual fight because of this tendency of people to change their factual beliefs to fit their moral inclinations,” said Ditto of America’s political landscape.

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The New York Times, November 18, 2014

A road test of alternative fuel visions

Scott Samuelsen, the director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine, said some drivers reported, given the cycle of human waste to energy, “There is something comforting about fueling here, that they are actually contributing to the fuel.”

 

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