UCI News

Orange County Register, Aug. 25, 2015
Generations of stories: Artifacts, photos and a tattered map piece together history of the Vietnamese who settled here
“Some of the things that happened are unimaginable,” says [Linda] Vo, a UCI professor and director of the Vietnamese American Oral History Project. “Our history is painful. I think art is a way to express the pain in a way that people can connect with.”

The Washington Post, Aug. 26, 2015
What Hurricane Katrina has taught us about ‘post-traumatic growth’
“Not all events are created equal,” said Roxane Cohen Silver, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine. Individuals and communities tend to experience more negative consequences and have an especially hard time recovering from man-made disasters … researchers say. But natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and wildfires can be different.

The Huffington Post, Aug. 25, 2015
Experts can’t agree on whether voting-booth selfies will destroy democracy
In a Reuters op-ed, one legal expert sounded the alarm. “That might seem like a victory for the American Way,” wrote UCI Law Professor Richard Hasen, whose specialty is voting rights. … Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of UCI Law and Hasen’s boss, disagreed as well and considered the selfie ban “a content-based restriction on speech” that should be held to a high constitutional standard, according to The New York Times.

The Atlantic, Aug. 25, 2015
How to make privacy policies better, in two easy steps
On Twitter, [UCI graduate student] Nick Seaver, an incoming anthropology professor at Tufts University, pointed that the social costs of Spotify’s privacy policy emerged from social and technical limitations. “The creepiness isn’t in using GPS for the running feature or whatever, it’s in asking for GPS access independent of a specific use,” he wrote. “In normal social interaction, you can tell someone where you are for a while without giving them ‘forever access’ to your location.”

Nature, Aug. 26, 2015
Water and climate: Recognize anthropogenic drought
California’s current extreme drought must be a lesson for managing water in a warmer, more densely populated world, say Amir AghaKouchak and colleagues. …  Amir AghaKouchak is an assistant professor in the Center for Hydrology and Remote Sensing, … David Feldman is a professor in the Department of Planning, Policy and Design, …and Travis Huxman is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology [at UCI.]