UCI News

The New York Times Magazine, Aug. 29, 2017
The New Front in the Gerrymandering Wars: Democracy vs. Math
It’s like refereeing a boxing match, observed two political scientists, Bernard Grofman of the University of California, Irvine, and Gary King of Harvard, in a 2007 article for The Election Law Journal. ‘‘We take it for granted that boxers are seeking to knock each other’s heads off,’’ they wrote, ‘‘yet we still distinguish between a legitimate knockdown and one caused by a low blow.’’ [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Chemical & Engineering News, Aug. 28, 2017
A whole new world for rare earths
William J. Evans, … and his coworkers at the University of California, Irvine, are one of several research groups who have been designing new metal complexes that are shaking up the conventional wisdom about rare-earth element oxidation states. Their findings point to new approaches for manipulating the magnetic, optical, and catalytic properties of rare earths.

Reader’s Digest, Aug. 28, 2017
8 Silent Signs You Might Have a Brain Tumor
The bad news is that brain tumors are often accompanied by very few symptoms, and these symptoms disguise themselves as everyday ailments such as headaches and exhaustion. “Patients suffering from a brain tumor may develop depression, anger or anxiety, even if they don’t commonly exhibit these types of emotions,” says Sumeet Vadera, M.D., neurosurgeon at University of California Irvine.

Think Progress, Aug. 29, 2017
‘Crown Heights’ dramatically illustrates the hell of wrongful incarceration
What’s worse, the overwhelming majority of wrongful convictions are of black men, according to a report issued this spring by the National Registry of Exonerations, a program of the Newkirk Center for Science and Society at the University of California-Irvine. The report’s authors … Maurice Possley … tracked the number of people who were falsely convicted and later set free because of their innocence.

KQED, Aug. 28, 2017
In Latest Hyperloop Design Competition, a Need for Speed
UC Irvine placed fifth in the world last year with its pod design. In a hangar-like engineering room at UCI, young engineers are working night and day to make their high-tech bucket of bolts — tucked inside a sleek carbon-fiber shell — go as fast as it can. “It’s a 920-pound pod,” says Arwa Tizani, a graduate student and manager of UC Irvine’s Hyperloop project. “It’s using air-based levitation, as opposed to most of the teams that are using magnetic levitation.”

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