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The Washington Post, Aug. 6, 2019
Opinions: How do we reconcile law and science?
Simon Cole, Department of Criminology, University of California at Irvine; Law & Society; National Registry of Exonerations: “I think it is less a fundamental incompatibility between law and science as it is outcome orientation. Judges want the prosecution to win. [My student] Rachel Dioso-Villa published a study that found that judges are far more critical of arson science in civil cases, when it is often proffered by plaintiffs, than in the criminal cases, when it is usually proffered by the government. There are other studies with similar findings.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

ABC, Aug. 6, 2019 (Audio)
China warns Hong Kong protesters: stop the chaos
Jeff Wasserstrom, American historian of China, University of California Irvine [has] been closely watching the demonstrations, “It’s incredibly hard to keep up with what’s going on there because the situation is changing so rapidly. … Well what I’m most struck by is how much the situation of Hong Kong’s chief executive resembles that of head of state …” says Wasserstrom. [02:00]

CNN, Aug. 6, 2019
Trump sues over California law forcing candidates to turn over tax returns
Legal expert Rick Hasen of the University of California, Irvine, said the state law is of “uncertain constitutionality.” “It is unclear whether state legislative power contained in Article II of the (US) Constitution gives California the power to take this step,” he said adding that the law might infringe upon the rights of political parties to select nominees of their choice.

NPR, Aug. 6, 2019 (Audio)
In The Age Of Smartphones, Parents Are Encouraged To Be Media Mentors, Not Gatekeepers
[UCI Informatics Professor in Residence] Mimi Ito [said] “Unless parents can find a way to somehow understand and engage with that in a positive way, video games can often become a source of tension between parents and kids. And so we see time and time again that parents aren’t engaged in the kind of mentoring and guidance around video games that they do for other parts of kids’ play and growing up and friendship relationships.” [00:51]

Voice of OC, Aug. 7, 2019
OC’s Urban, Suburban Youths Are Down With the Farm
Research proves that high-quality after-school programs improve student academic performance in low-income communities, said UC Irvine School of Education Professor Sandra Simpkins. The programs often introduce kids to topics they aren’t getting in school, or they offer learning in a less rigidly structured way, she said. “Teachers have to cover certain content. There are restrictions on what they’re allowed to do or not,” she said. “Leaders of after-school programs can follow students’ interests.”

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