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The New York Times, March 28, 2019
An Iceberg Twice the Size of New York City Is About to Split From Antarctica
Two rifts on the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica are close to creating an iceberg over 560 square miles in size. Scientists say the calving event could happen any day now. “This calving is a huge one for Brunt,” said Eric Rignot, a climate scientist at the University of California, Irvine, who has done extensive research on polar ice. “Brunt put that ice in store for probably a century and is about to let it go.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The San Diego Union-Tribune, March 28, 2019
Crime Counts: As crime falls to record lows, some neighborhoods are left behind
Analyzing crime data by census block group gives a more granular view of crime, experts said. “I would not paint it as one is right and the other is wrong,” said Charis Kubrin, professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California Irvine. She said reducing crime data to the lowest means “getting into the weeds” to better understand the data. “Violent crimes tend to cluster very, very heavily, and not within a (census) tract but within a couple of blocks in a neighborhood,” said Kubrin, whose specialties include crime and crime trends. “This is why you need to go down to this level, and find out what is going on.”

Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2019
Orange County will stop holding inmates for ICE at its jails
Orange County’s policy shift reflects a larger trend in local communities to loosen ties with federal immigration officials, “realizing there are better uses for their resources and their jails than serving as a housing center for ICE,” said Louis DeSipio, professor of political science at UC Irvine. … Orange County’s decision “reflects a diminished strength of the anti-immigrant sentiment among leaders in Orange County,” DeSipio said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Denver7, March 28, 2019
Columbine students want graphic images of gun violence to spark a conversation
While some believe the graphic images could be beneficial, a research team at UC Irvine says they can be traumatizing. Alison Holman is an associate professor in nursing at the school. Holman and her peers conducted a long-term study on the effects of graphic images on people in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. … “We find that people who report high levels of exposure to this graphic imagery can experience greater symptomatology, mental health symptoms and post-traumatic stress symptoms,” she said.

HeraldNet, March 31, 2019
Move over, Bill Nye: Jargie the Science Girl makes learning fun
Jocelyn Argueta, aka Jargie the Science Girl, …. just completed doing four of her shows at The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., this past week. The joy she finds exploring the sciences is presented in a way that combines fun and learning. Her presentations are bilingual — in English and Spanish. So let’s find out more about her interest in science and her transition from Jocelyn to Jargie. … Tell me about your scientific background. [JA] “I have a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and microbiology from the University of California Irvine. I graduated in 2014.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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