UCI News

KCBS, Aug. 25, 2022 (Video)
Experts say significant grid investments needed to phase out gas-powered vehicles in California
On Thursday, the California Air Resources Board voted to phase out gas-powered cars by 2035, but experts say significant investments in grid infrastructure will need to happen to make this a reality. Experts at the University of California, Irvine have been conducting much of that research, learning what exactly will be needed to make all cars zero emissions in little more than a decade. “The grid does not currently have the capability to add millions of battery electric or even fuel-cell electric vehicles today,” [said] Jack Brouwer, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering [and director, Advanced Power and Energy Program] at UCI. “So, we have some time to make reasonable investments in the grid to enable this to actually happen and to happen well.”

The New York Times, Aug. 26, 2022
California Bill Could Restrict the Use of Rap Lyrics in Court
Charis E. Kubrin, a professor of criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine, who has extensively researched the use of rap lyrics in criminal proceedings, said that the way prosecutors have used defendant-authored lyrics in court was unique to rap. … The California bill is significant, Kubrin said, because it would require judges to consider whether the lyrics would inject racial bias into proceedings. “This is bigger than rap,” she said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 25, 2022
Humbled by Looking Up at the Heavens
new paper in the journal Psychological Science, by [graduate student] Sean Goldy, [postdoctoral scholar] Nickolas Jones and [associate professor of psychological science] Paul Piff at the University of California, Irvine, suggests there is at least one psychological way that celestial events can indeed influence us. When people gaze up at an awesome sight like an eclipse, the researchers conclude, they become more humble and caring when they look down at their Twitter feed. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 26, 2022
California’s extreme wildfires taking lethal toll on elderly who can’t escape flames
“Whether you’re looking at wildfire frequency, or you’re looking at the area burned by wildfires, the proportion of elderly people increases in a fairly linear way as you get into census tracts of higher risk,” said Shahir Masri, an environmental health scientist at UC Irvine. Not only are older people more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses or disabilities that limit mobility — making it more difficult to escape a raging fire — Masri said they are also more likely to live in rural areas, where job opportunities are scarce but living expenses are generally lower. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 24, 2022 (Op-Ed)
Op-Ed: Biden’s debt cancellation will help millions, but it won’t end the student loan crisis
Dalié Jiménez, professor at UC Irvine School of Law, [Director, Student Loan Law Initiative], and Jonathan D. Glater write, “The pandemic has only increased the challenges student debt poses, and cancellation is a momentous step to reduce the immediate pain felt by millions of Americans. Yet at the same time the move constitutes tacit acknowledgment of the need for broader and permanent reform of higher education finance. Much remains to be done.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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