UCI News

The New York Times, April 20, 2019
A Leading Cause for Wrongful Convictions: Experts Overstating Forensic Results
The leading culprit in convicting innocent people was official misconduct, according to the report by the [UCI] National Registry of Exonerations. … “An expert can say whatever they want,” said Simon Cole, the director of the registry and a professor of Criminology, Law and Society at UC -Irvine. … Here are three examples from the study’s case files. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Washington Post, April 21, 2019
‘Nothing wrong’ with campaign accepting information from Russians, Giuliani says
With his comments, [Rudy] Giuliani was “offering a green light” for campaigns to accept in-kind contributions from foreign governments, said Richard Hasen, election law expert at the University of California at Irvine, calling it “troubling.” “In terms of good campaign practice, as soon as a campaign hears that a foreign government or a foreign entity wants to give help to the campaign, the appropriate thing to do is to go straight to the FBI and to decline that offer,” Hasen said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Financial Times, April 20, 2019 (Available by subscription only)
China extends holidays and removes songs to avoid anniversary protests
“Anniversaries, especially of events that the authorities see as worth marking, are important because they can open up space for gatherings and for discussions of the past that can easily incorporate criticisms of the present,” said Jeffrey Wasserstrom, professor of Chinese history at University of California, Irvine. “A central conundrum of today’s China is that the authorities seem to have things well under control, yet remain twitchy [about any potential for discontent],” he added.

Engadget, April 20, 2019
The next frontier for cannabis vapes: mood-specific formulas
Cannabis is a complex plant, that much we know. “So there are about 140 maybe a few more hydro cannabinoids or plant-derived cannabinoids. THC and CBD being the two best studied, but there’s at least another 130 more,” says [Daniele] Piomelli, a professor at the University of California Irvine and co-chair of its Center for the Study of Cannabis, in an interview with Engadget.

Bustle, April 19, 2019
Is It Better to Work Out At Night? New Research Shows That Evening Exercisers Might Be Onto Something.
“Circadian rhythms dominate everything we do,” Paolo Sassone-Corsi of the Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism at the University of California, Irvine, who is senior author of the one of the studies, said in the news release. “Previous studies from our lab have suggested that at least 50% of our metabolism is circadian, and 50% of the metabolites in our body oscillate based on the circadian cycle. It makes sense that exercise would be one of the things that’s impacted.”

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