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Daily Pilot, March 1, 2019
Proposals from panel led by UCI professor aim to cut nation’s childhood poverty by half in a decade
“We’ve developed a road map — a set of options — for policy makers and the public they serve to review, analyze and decide what kind of legislation they want to enact,” Duncan said. “Acting on this report’s conclusions and recommendations will not only accomplish dramatic reductions in child poverty but also build a healthier and more prosperous nation,” [said Greg Duncan, a UCI professor of education who chaired the committee appointed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.] [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Economist, March 1, 2019
How a new congressional map could turn Virginia’s House blue
Last year, a three-judge panel selected Bernard Grofman, a professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, as a “special master” to advise them on the complexities of resetting Virginia House districts that they had declared to be in violation of federal voting-rights protections. The boundaries, drawn up in 2011, had had reduced Democrats in the House of Delegates to a puny minority.

Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2019
Harassment and retaliation claims during Kamala Harris’ time as California’s top cop led to $1.1 million in settlements
Democratic voters in the presidential race are likely to be primarily concerned with finding the candidate best able to unseat President Trump, said Charles Anthony Smith, political science professor at UC Irvine. “If I am a voter, I may come to the conclusion that large organizations have people that do bad things in them and the best you can do is try to solve it once you are aware of it, and if you are not doing the bad behavior we may not hold you responsible for it,” Smith said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Science News, March 4, 2019
Hidden ancient neutrinos may shape the patterns of galaxies
“It’s another hallmark of the success of standard cosmology,” says cosmologist Kevork Abazajian, who was not involved with the research. Still, the current result is just scratching the surface of this phenomenon, making the measurement a proof of principle rather than a definitive detection, says Abazajian, of the University of California, Irvine.

WBUR, March 1, 2019
10 Things We Know (As In, Actually Have Published Evidence For) About Cannabis And Health
Putting aside the many controversies over marijuana, here’s what it does for—or to—your health. … “Maybe cannabis will be useful to some people, but it will be disappointing to most,” says Daniele Piomelli, professor of anatomy and neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine. “Cannabis will not be a panacea. Nor will it be as dangerous as some people think.”

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