UCI News

Orange Coast Magazine, Sept. 2017
Meet L. Song Richardson, Interim Dean at UCI’s School of Law
Meet L. Song Richardson, a highly respected national expert on implicit bias and the interim dean at the UC Irvine School of Law. Beloved by students and venerated by colleagues, she’s eager to build on her predecessor’s legacy at a critical juncture for the school.

The Washington Post, Aug. 29, 2017
Hurricane Harvey shows how we underestimate flooding risks in coastal cities, scientists say
“Always when there is a hurricane, you have compounding effects of ocean flooding — surge — and terrestrial flooding,” said Amir AghaKouchak, an associate professor of hydrology and remote sensing at the University of California at Irvine. … In a new study, a group of scientists from the University of California at Irvine, including AghaKouchak, and from the University of Salento in Lecce, Italy, have pointed out the importance of addressing both factors at once — and they’ve come up with a method that allows scientists to do so.

E&E News, Aug. 29, 2017
5 questions and answers about climate change and Harvey
The threat to low-lying coastal areas, such as Houston, from both rising sea levels and terrestrial flooding will only increase as the climate warms, said Amir AghaKouchak, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine. The combination of the two will make each more lethal in the future, researchers found. “On a stand-alone basis, ocean- and land-based flood drivers are dangerous enough, but when you combine the two, you end up with a situation that is much more of a threat to lives and property,” he said.

Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 28, 2017
China-Based Funding Firm Opens at The Cove
A China-based venture capital and private equity firm chose Irvine as its first outpost in Southern California. Cybernaut Green Tech USA Inc. opened an office at The Cove, the physical space of the University of California-Irvine’s innovation institute, Applied Innovation. The Irvine location is significant.  That’s because it’s before planned outposts in Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach, a Cove spokesperson said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Review of Books, Aug. 28, 2017
Strange Bedfellows: Queers, Conservatives, Catholics
Jonathan Alexander, Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, writes, “Within one week, for instance, I heard on public radio neoconservative Douglas Murray, author of the just released book The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, cite homophobia as a reason to halt immigration of Muslim refugees from the Middle East, then marveled at an interview with a Jesuit priest, James Martin, who just published his own book with the rather startling title Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.”

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