UCI News

The Wall Street Journal, April 4, 2016
Chalk and awe
One needn’t think Trump would make a good president to be heartened by the campus revolt against political correctness. In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Howard Gillman and Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California, Irvine, have discouraging news from a First Amendment seminar they taught…. “From the beginning of our course, we were surprised by the often unanimous willingness of our students to support efforts to restrict and punish a wide range of expression.”

The Washington Post, April 5, 2016
It’s not just Antarctica − why Greenland could also melt faster than expected
But in some parts of the Greenland ice sheet, at least, the same processes feared to affect Antarctica are already at play, said Eric Rignot, a University of California, Irvine glaciologist and senior research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. … “It would be a natural extension of [the Antarctica study] to examine how the rapid break up of icebergs would impact Greenland’s ice mass balance,” Rignot said by email.

The New York Times, April 5, 2016
Uncertainties shadow California plan for nation-leading wage
About 2.2 million Californians now earn the minimum wage, but University of California, Irvine, economics professor David Neumark estimated the boost could cost 5 to 10 percent of low-skilled workers their jobs.

The Washington Post, April 4, 2016
Being angry pushes our political positions further apart. So what’s the alternative?
Peter Ditto, professor … at the University of California, Irvine, [writes]: Decades of psychological research show that anger profoundly shapes people’s views about the world and their perceptions of conflict. Anger not only reflects existing political frustrations, it actively exacerbates political polarization. Most of us will probably agree that when we are angry we do not make our best decisions.

The New York Times, April 4, 2016
Supreme Court rejects challenge on ‘one person one vote’
A crucial aspect of Justice Ginsburg’s opinion, said Richard L. Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, was its “refusal to give Texas the green light to use total voters if it wants in the next round of redistricting. The court simply put the issue off for another day,” Professor Hasen said. “It is hard to stress enough what a victory this is for liberal supporters of voting rights.”

Forbes, April 4, 2016
Coal Baron Blankenship’s downfall corresponds to the rise of renewables
Professor Scott Samuelsen gave this reporter and a group of others a tour through the University of California, Irvine’s Advanced Power and Energy Program. There, the program’s director explained the school’s mission − to develop and to deploy energy efficient and environmentally benign power generation both domestically and globally. The university is working on everything from fuel cell vehicles to waste recycling to the gasification of coal.

Orange County Business Journal, April 4, 2016
UCI’s new game face
UC Irvine’s men’s basketball team didn’t make much of a ripple in the media − print, new, social or otherwise − considering they were the last Southern California squad standing in the post-season this year. … Contrast that with the coverage of last week’s announcement that UCI will launch an e-sports program with an arena, live webcasting studio, and as many as 10 academic scholarships for its competitive gaming team …. The development was a magnet for coverage ….

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