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Orange County Register, Dec. 9, 2019
O.C. was a laughing stock, but fiscal fiasco made taxpayers safer
Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California, has similar concerns about the lack of financial literacy among elected officials. He was a professor at UC Irvine during the chaos, and wrote “When Government Fails,” a book about the Orange County bankruptcy. “There is still a lot of other kinds of risk-taking,” Baldassare said. “If certain things change with the economy, things could go in the wrong direction very quickly, similar to what O.C. experienced.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Washington Post, Dec. 10, 2019
An Overwatch star at 16, elite gamer will weigh college offers against turning pro
[Jonathan] Huffman is one of the world’s most talented players of the video game Overwatch. …Nearly 200 varsity esports programs have emerged in the United States, many of which offer full-tuition scholarships. … Jonathan said he is remaining in touch with the Harrisburg coaches until he graduates high school. He has also had discussions with other high caliber college esports programs, including UC Irvine, Boise State, UC Berkeley, Missouri and Robert Morris University in Chicago …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

People, Dec. 5, 2019
Police Shootings of Unarmed Black Americans May Affect Health of Black Infants
“We often think about police violence as having these individual-level consequences,” Kristin Turney, a sociologist at UC Irvine who was not involved in the study, told the Los Angeles Times. “But this paper is really innovative because it shows that police violence has spillover effects. … It can affect people even in utero.”

Broadway World, Dec. 10, 2019
Meet the Cast of West Side Story – Now in Previews on Broadway!
Marissa Brown (Francisca) studied at the University of California Irvine and California Institute of the Arts. As a performer she has worked with Donald McKayle, Benjamin Levy, Sharp & Fine, The Park Avenue Armory, and Phantom Limb Company. Brown creates her own dance and film work under the name Lone King Projects. Broadway debut.

Eos, Dec. 5, 2019
AGU’s Bridge Program Creates Opportunities for Underrepresented Students
The AGU Bridge Program is an asset to institutions seeking to increase diversity in their departments and the larger geosciences community. By working together, we can create a more welcoming environment in the Earth and space sciences for everyone. Congratulations to the 2019 AGU Bridge Partner institutions. The following are the 2019 Bridge Program partner institutions: … University of California, Irvine, Department of Earth System Science

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