UCI News

Daily Pilot, April 9, 2017
Wrongful-convictions database moves to UC Irvine
The registry is now being housed at UC Irvine, where it will become a resource for faculty and students studying the criminal justice system. UCI was selected because of its concentration of faculty in the area of wrongful convictions. … Simon Cole, director of the registry and UC Irvine’s Newkirk Center for Science and Society, said the registry is being used for research across the university, from the law school to literary journalism.

Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2017
In the future, John Roberts could be the Supreme Court’s swing vote
Richard Hasen, professor of law and political science at UCI, [writes]: “The only real solution is for Democrats to pray for the current justices’ good health — and then to take back the presidency and the Senate. And once they do, perhaps they’ll play hardball themselves by increasing the number of justices on the court and packing it with liberals.”

Daily Pilot, April 9, 2017
Nonprofits and city officials turn to cooperation in Orange County’s fight against homelessness
In Orange County, new research from UC Irvine estimates an overall savings of $42 million per year if every chronically homeless person is provided permanent supportive housing.

Fox News, April 8, 2017
After Gorsuch confirmation, Trump likely considering next Supreme Court pick
University of California at Irvine Professor Rick Hasen warned Democrats at the height of the Gorsuch fight that they had little to gain in filibustering the nomination. “Imagine if in a year or so Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, or Kennedy leave the Court,” he wrote on Election Law Blog. “Then things get MUCH worse from the point of view of progressives. Then Roberts becomes the swing voter and there goes affirmative action, abortion rights, etc. If you think things with the Supreme Court are bad for progressive now they can get much, much worse.”

Psychology Today, April 7, 2017
The Power of Awe: “A Star Is Born” Images and the Small Self
First, in May 2015, a study, “Awe, the Small Self, and Prosocial Behavior,” led by Paul Piff of the University of California, Irvine was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Piff and colleagues found that the power of awe experienced in nature (i.e. visiting the Giant Redwoods in the Sequoia Forest) can promote altruistic, prosocial behavior and puts our individual lives in perspective by helping people realize that there is something much bigger than yourself in the universe.

Previously “In the News”