UCI News

The New York Times, Dec. 8, 2017
Doom Season in Los Angeles
Hector Tobar, associate professor of Chicano/Latino studies & English, writes: “Before the fires came, our skin turned dry and the winds cleared the smog from the air. November passed with barely any rain, and on Thanksgiving the high was 92 degrees. We Angelenos had been blessed with a beautiful autumn. But all the while, we felt a sense of doom.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 9, 2017
California House Republican Hears It at Home Over Tax Bill
“You basically are creating a disincentive for people to buy those more expensive houses. It will have an impact on our real-estate prices here,” said Max Chao, continuing lecturer in accounting, tax, and law at the University of California, Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

East Bay Times, Dec. 9, 2017
New Vietnamese-American generation tackles deportation, poverty, more
According to a 2008 survey by the UC Irvine Center for Health Care Policy, “21 percent of Vietnamese-Americans report depression and anxiety, compared with 10 percent of whites. Meanwhile, only 20 percent of Vietnamese-Americans have discussed mental health with a professional, compared with 45 percent of whites.”

Voice of OC, Dec. 11, 2017
To Desalinate or Not to Desalinate: UCI Debate Over Controversial Proposed Huntington Beach Plant
Academics, advocates and activists met for a panel discussion at UC Irvine to hash out the pros and cons of a proposal to build a desalination plant in Huntington Beach, with environmentalists once again warning it would damage marine environments and raise water bills. From an engineering standpoint, the bigger issue is maintenance of the plants, according to panelist Sunny Jiang, a UCI professor and desalination researcher. She said the “reverse osmosis” technology planned for the Huntington Beach plant needs consistent monitoring. Still, she said, “The technology is mature and ready.”

Vox, Dec. 11, 2017
The GOP tax plan would blow a hole in American science
Ted Woo, a PhD student in chemical engineering at the University of California Irvine department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, explained how losing the waiver would dramatically change the contract between grad students and universities. “To me, grad school was the promise that I would be able to dedicate myself to solving problems in peace. This was historically the idea behind the PhD system in the US, and it’s why we do actual research as part of our schooling,” he said.

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