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The Guardian, April 6, 2017
We’ve been labelled ‘anti-sex difference’ for demanding greater scientific rigour
When previously charged with being “anti-sex differences” by UC Irvine neurobiologist Larry Cahill in 2014, we and our colleagues responded that: “[W]e all believe, like Cahill, that sex matters; that is, that genetic and gonadal sex can influence brain development and function at every level, that useful information may arise from investigating such processes, and that this may be especially critical in understanding pathological development. Indeed, numerous explicit statements to this effect can be found in our work.”

CBS News, April 6, 2017
Is the Senate filibuster of Gorsuch really “unprecedented?”
“Although there has not been a formal filibuster of a Supreme Court justice before, Republican Senator Strom Thurmond essentially did this in 1968 to block Justice Abe Fortas’s confirmation as Chief Justice,” Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California’s Irvine School of Law, told CBS News.

The Atlantic, April 7, 2017
The Prison-Health Paradox
When imprisoned fathers return home, “they have trouble finding employment,” says Kristin Turney, a sociologist at the University of California, Irvine, who has studied the health of inmates’ children but was not involved with the study. Part of the explanation is reduced income, she said, and “part of it is the relationship between the parents. Maintaining romantic partnerships while incarcerated is tricky, so it can lead to more [familial] conflict.”

Pacific Standard, April 7, 2017
How the End of the Filibuster Undermines the Supreme Court’s Claim to Political Independence
“It’s going to be far easier to confirm nominees when there’s a president and senate of the same party,” says Rick Hasen, a professor of at the University of California–Irvine. “It also means that the nominees might be of somewhat different character, as it’s no longer necessary to have to try to please members from the other side. So they might be more extreme candidates, candidates without the traditional background that we’ve seen in the past.”

The Press Enterprise, April 5, 2017
Battle against invasive mustard plant still not finished
Efforts are underway to control Sahara mustard in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park’s popular wildflower areas after the invasive plant has gotten a foothold. … Park staff, nonprofit groups, UC Irvine, the UC Cooperative Extension and countless volunteers — Borregans and visitors – have been involved in eradication efforts.

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