UCI News

MSNBC, April 1, 2022 (Video)
‘Crisis of legitimacy’: SCOTUS expert reacts to Thomas text scandal
MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart speaks to [Chancellor’s] Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin from the University of California, Irvine and MSNBC Legal Analyst Glenn Kirschner, about the texting scandal surrounding Justice Clarence and his wife Virginia, as well as how Chief Justice John Roberts needs to handle the issue.

AP, April 2, 2022
Tribes seek more inclusion, action from US officials
Under the U.S. Constitution, treaties and statutes, the federal government must consult meaningfully and in good faith with Native American and Alaska Native tribes when making decisions or taking action that is expected to impact them. … “The federal government says all the right words, but their mentality is one in which they are not really doing this in a way that reflects the proper government-to-government relationship that I think tribes are orienting to when they enter into these conversations,” said Justin Richland, a professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Social Sciences who specializes in Native American law and politics.

Spectrum News 1, April 1, 2022 (Video)
Researcher says retooling flood control systems could help beaches
Brett Sanders, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UCI walked along a flood control channel in Fountain Valley and scooped up a handful of gritty material piled up on the side of where the water flows through. … Sanders said the sediment could be used at beaches with eroding shorelines, like the stretch of sand north of San Clemente. Instead, the sand is stuck along the concrete that makes up the Santa Ana River, an unintended consequence of a flood control channel, according to Sanders.

The Orange County Register, April 1, 2022
Housing crisis, pandemic reshaping Southern California population
Los Angeles County’s population has been declining for the past few years, but this most recent drop was the largest yet. “We’ve heard a lot about people leaving California because of affordability issues, so that’s part of it, but with the emergence of working from home, there’s a new angle to that process,” said Jan Brueckner, economics [Distinguished] Professor at UC Irvine who’s been researching the work-from-home phenomenon. “In particular, people can leave high-housing-cost areas and keep their jobs. They can move to Texas and work remotely in Los Angeles or San Francisco.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Thrive Global, April 1, 2022
Joy as an Antidote to Burnout
While we think of joy as a kind of proxy for good feelings of any kind, researchers, including University of California, Irvine professor Belinda Campos, have broken positive emotions down into a “family tree.” Alongside joy, there are close cousins like gratitude and awe. And one of the primary benefits all of them have is to help us shift our perspective beyond ourselves: “positive emotions,” says Campos, “are part of what helps you to put others before the self.”

Previously “In the News”