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The Washington Post, Aug. 29, 2019
They lost in the Year of the Woman. But it might make them stronger in 2020. The good news is that it appears women who lose their congressional primaries or the general election are no less likely than men to run for office again, according to new research by Danielle Thomsen [assistant professor, political science] of the University of California at Irvine. “Losing is a fact of political life. Getting up, getting back in the game is a really important part of politics,” said Thomsen, who studied U.S. House races from 1980 to 2014 to see whether a gender gap existed among repeat candidates. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

BBC, Aug. 29, 2019 (Audio)
Amazon fires, Royal Society Book Prize shortlist announced, John Gribben on quantum physics
Satellite data has shown an 85% increase in the number of fires across Brazil this year. … The increase in fires has been attributed to deliberate deforestation and clearing for agriculture or mining. … Professor of Earth System Science at the University of California Irvine, Jim Randerson and Luiz Aragão of Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research are just two scientists concerned about the destruction and carbon emissions from the extensive burning.

ABC News, Aug 30, 2019
Andrew Yang’s speaking fees, including from JPMorgan, raise campaign finance questions: Experts
Richard Hasen, a professor of law and political science at University of California Irvine and a nationally recognized expert in campaign finance regulation, said it’s unclear if federal regulators would consider a campaign logo on a presentation during a paid speech to be indicative that the speech was not genuinely independent of the candidacy. “It’s not one of those cases of clear illegality,” Hasen told ABC News. “It does create an appearance question as to why he would have thought to have included his campaign logo on a private activity.”

Healthline, Aug. 29, 2019
More Teens Using Marijuana Concentrate: What Is It?
Daniele Piomelli, PhD, PharmD, a professor of anatomy and neurobiology and the director of the UCI Center for the Study of Cannabis at University of California, Irvine, who wasn’t involved in the study, says it’s not clear why so many teenagers are using high-THC concentrates. This goes against a long tradition in the 1970s through 1990s of people using fairly low-THC cannabis. “It’s a new trend that might or might not be driven by marketing,” Piomelli said. But as a society, he adds, it’s something we need to understand.

NPR, Aug. 27, 2019 (Book review)
In ‘Silver, Sword And Stone,’ Desire For Treasure, Power And Control Unites A Region
As Leo Chavez [UCI professor of Anthropology] has written, it’s mostly a Latino threat narrative that dominates mainstream media. And as current and past events attest, the “solution” to this “threat” is elusive. The revolutions and global power plays continue.

Previously “In the News”