NPR, Aug. 23, 2016
Are humans evolved to explore and expand into space?
Over the last few decades, researchers have identified what some have called the “wayfarer gene.” It’s known in scientific circles as DRD4 and its variant 7R. … “…several studies tie 7R to human migration. The first large genetic study to do so, led by Chuansheng Chen of the University of California, Irvine in 1999, found 7R more common in present-day migratory cultures than in settled ones. A larger, more statistically rigorous 2011 study supported this ….”
Southern California Public Radio, Aug. 22, 2016
New Trump plea draws fine line between observation and intimidation
UC Irvine law professor Richard Hasen told Take Two, “[Trump] has suggested that people could vote 5 or 10 or 15 times because the state does not have a strict voter identification law. It’s in fact impossible to have some kind of multiple voting like this on any large scale. You’d have to have hundreds of thousands of people in on a conspiracy to try and swing a presidential election.”
The Washington Post, Aug. 22, 2016
Economic anxiety isn’t driving racial resentment. Racial resentment is driving economic anxiety.
Michael Tesler, associate professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, [writes]: Much debate continues about whether support for Donald Trump has more to do with racial or economic anxiety. A key question in this debate − explored by Wonkblog’s Jeff Guo − is whether economic anxiety may actually cause racism.
Wisconsin Public Radio, Aug. 22, 2016
Federal appeals court allows early voting
“This is quite a conservative panel,” said Rick Hasen, an election law professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. “If the state of Wisconsin can’t get relief from Judge Easterbrook and the other two judges on the panel, the state’s unlikely to find relief going to either the full 7th Circuit or going to the United State Supreme Court.”
Daily Pilot, Aug. 22, 2016
Welcome home, local Olympians
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games closed Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, capping a successful run for the U.S. contingent, which includes many athletes and coaches with ties to the Newport Beach-Costa Mesa area. Here are the local Olympians: … Charles Jock (UC Irvine grad): men’s track and field; David Smith (UCI grad): men’s volleyball; … Phillip Chew (UCI student): men’s badminton; Eva Lee (UCI grad): women’s badminton ….
Previously “In the News”