UCI News

Earth and Space Science News, Dec. 14, 2016
A date under the stars? Maybe not with aerosol injection
According to a new study by atmospheric physicist Charlie Zender of the University of California, Irvine, this measure could make night skies brighter for most people, potentially causing adverse health effects and other drawbacks. Previously, Zender studied how aerosols affect climate change using large models called Earth system models (ESMs).

Network World, Dec. 14, 2016
UC Irvine creates model for digital innovation in the enterprise
A little less than two years ago, the University of California, Irvine (UCI) launched what they call UCI Applied Innovation, and a unique space called The Cove. Their stated objective is to serve as the ‘front door’ enabling collaboration between UCI and industry. And what they’ve created may act as a model for enterprise organizations looking to accelerate innovation.

KCET, Dec. 14, 2016
Immigrant advocates fighting to keep state gang database away from Trump
“There are definitely concerns considering that we already know from previous research and the CalGang audit, for example, that getting into this database or becoming labeled as a gang member can be highly speculative, and it’s done according to a process that is not particularly rigorous,” said Ana Muñiz, an assistant professor of criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine.

The Desert Sun, Dec. 14, 2016
Drug busts drop as cops question if they’re worth it
Elliott Currie, a criminologist at University of California, Irvine who specializes in drug policy, said prison has proven to be an unjust and ineffective punishment for addicts, who make little progress when incarcerated. The addicts who are stealing today weren’t rehabilitated when they were locked up before. Putting them back wouldn’t be any different, Currie said.

The Orange County Register, Dec. 15, 2016
Declare the Electoral College unconstitutional
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, [writes:] On Monday, the Electoral College will choose as president of the United States a candidate who lost the popular vote by more than 2.5 million votes. Never before has anyone who lost so decisively been deemed president and this is entirely because the Electoral College violates the basic constitutional principle of one person, one vote.

The Atlantic, Dec. 15, 2016
Drink from home: The rise of the remote-work holiday party
“My initial take on [virtual parties] is, yeah, they sound awkward and stilted,” says Melissa Mazmanian, an associate professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, who has researched ways to get geographically dispersed workers to collaborate more effectively. Mazmanian is interested in having remote workers “[see] each other as humans” instead of just chat-app icons or email addresses ….

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