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The Wall Street Journal,  Aug. 9, 2018
A Fight Over Voter Rights in California
Richard L. Hasen, an election-law expert at the University of California, Irvine, said the trial has political significance because it shows that resistance to some voting-rights cases can come from surprising sources. “The case has broader significance given Santa Monica’s prominence as a liberal bastion,” Dr. Hasen said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Mashable, Aug. 8, 2018
Engineering the climate can cool off the planet, but it could ruin our food supply
Nathan Mueller, an assistant professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine who had no role in the study, said …. “I would say that the best way to ensure a food secure future is to invest in reducing emissions and supporting farmers as they adapt to a warming climate.”

Daily Pilot, Aug. 8, 2018
UC Irvine needs volunteers for clinical trials on Alzheimer’s disease
Joshua Grill, associate professor in the UC Irvine Department of Psychology and Human Behavior; and Director of UCI Mind, writes, “Here in Orange County, we are home to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND). … We need more people to participate in research, especially clinical trials of promising treatments. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Huffington Post, Aug. 9, 2018
Airbnb Scraps Great Wall Competition After Chinese Outcry
Yong Chen, a history professor at University of California, Irvine, also disagreed with the Airbnb contest.“This is an ill-conceived and culturally insensitive idea,” Chen said.

Inquirer.net, Aug. 8, 2018
Smartphones serve as ‘security blankets’ in awkward situations—study
In the study led by John Hunter, a UCI PhD candidate in psychology and social behavior, the team found smartphones had a dual-sided effect on human interactions. The first side-effect tends to negatively impact the social behavior of humans, who would rather fiddle with their smartphone than talk to the person in front of them. On the other hand, Hunter’s team found a more positive effect in having a smartphone at hand.

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