UCI News

The Washington Post, Aug. 9, 2018
In Australia, farmers dealing with drought can kill kangaroos that compete with their livestock
Wild animals moving closer to human populations is a common side effect of drought, Amir AghaKouchak, a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of California at Irvine, told The Washington Post. “It happens all the time — in Australia with kangaroos, and in some other countries, even cheetahs and jaguars get closer to farms when there’s a lack of water,” he said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

National Geographic, Aug. 9, 2018
We Know West Antarctica Is Melting. Is the East In Danger, Too?
Thus far, says study lead author Yara Mohajerani, a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, the Totten and Moscow University glaciers haven’t kicked into the kind of high-stakes melting that’s unfolding on the other side of the continent. But scientists are concerned that if the glaciers continue their retreat, they could hit a tipping point—after which comes a cycle of runaway melting.

The Huffington Post, Aug. 9, 2018
Driving The Climate Change Conversation To A Neighborhood Near You
So as he began his career, [UCI] air pollution scientist Shahir Masri intended to do what scientists do: gather evidence, conduct research and publish papers. But as Masri talked to people in his community and saw the level of misinformation about climate change, he realized he needed to do more. … “I actually decided, no, rather than put my climate advocacy aside in the name of my work, I actually need to put my work aside in the name of more climate advocacy,” he said.

Voice of America, Aug. 10, 2018
Where One Hears Free Speech, Another Hears Hate Speech
Lost in the discussion about unfettered freedom of speech is the 1977 Supreme Court decision, “National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie.” … Many people are unaware of that decision, says Howard Gillman, chancellor of the University of California-Irvine, because, “Not a lot of civics teaching [is] going on in high school,” or students would know that hate speech is protected under the First Amendment.

The Weekly Standard, Aug. 2, 2018
My Chance Lunch with Fred Rogers
Richard B. Mckenzie, economist and the Walter Gerken Professor (emeritus) in the Merage Business School at the University of California, Irvine, writes, “In search for a broader audience for my contrarian views on orphanages of yesteryear, I began working with a prominent television producer to fund and develop a documentary …. The producer arranged a luncheon in Pittsburgh to discuss the project with his colleague at Family Communications and none other than Mr. Rogers himself.”

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