UCI News

The Washington Post, Aug. 7, 2019
Opinions: Is an adversarial justice system compatible with good science?
Simon A. Cole, Department of Criminology, Law & Society, University of California, Irvine; National Registry of Exonerations: “It is difficult not to think that resolving scientific controversies could be improved by adopting a process less formal than American legal proceedings. In particular, I think greater clarity could be achieved by, for example: (1) airing the scientific controversy in writing as much as possible … (2) allowing the contestants to pose questions and answers to one another ….” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Inverse, Aug. 8, 2019
This Supermassive Black Hole Has 2.25 Billion Times the Mass of Our Sun
“Our team has been surveying nearby elliptical galaxies with ALMA for several years to find and study disks of molecular gas rotating around giant black holes,” said Aaron Barth, Ph.D., a professor of astronomy and physics at UC Irvine and a co-author on the study. “NGC 3258 is the best target we’ve found, because we’re able to trace the disk’s rotation closer to the black hole than in any other galaxy.”

DualShockers, Aug. 8, 2019
UC Irvine to Offer Scholarship for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Players
The University of California, Irvine has announced a pilot scholarship for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate during their 2019-2020 school year. This has been made possible thanks to a $50,000 donation from Street Media, which publishes LA Weekly and Irvine Weekly. “Smash has historically been an incredibly significant game at The Association of Gamers at UCI, with our community always brimming with passion, hosting tournament after tournament,” said Brandi Moy, a senior at UCI and the president of TAG. “It’s extremely exciting that our students can now receive official support and pursue their competitive dreams through these scholarships.”

American Banker, Aug. 7, 2019
BankThink Blockchain, crypto tech need clear rules of the road
“The problems of inequality and inefficiency that bitcoin and the cryptocurrency industry has set out to solve are not problems of technology, they are problems of policy,” Mehrsa Baradaran, professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, said in her testimony. “And it is in this chamber, and not in a tech startup office or anonymous white paper, that these problems must be addressed.”

Physics World, Aug. 8, 2019 (Book review)
Reality check
Donald D Hoffman, cognitive psychologist from the University of California, Irvine, likes to perform this same trick with tomatoes. As he suggests in his latest book, The Case Against Reality: How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes, that juicy red fruit on your plate ceases to be when you don’t look at it. And he doesn’t stop at tomatoes. For Hoffman every single thing, from a neuron to the Sun, is a mere “icon” upon our mental desktop: a user interface geared to aid survival in a world utterly and inscrutably different from anything we could conceive it to be.

Previously “In the News”