UCI News

The New York Times, Dec. 20, 2017
Indonesia’s Crackdown on Gay Men: ‘It Doesn’t Get Better, Does It’
Historically, gay and transgender Indonesians have been accepted — if poorly understood — as long as they married people of the opposite sex and had children, said Tom Boellstorff, an anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine, and author of “The Gay Archipelago: Sexuality and Nation in Indonesia.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Huffington Post, Dec. 19, 2017
Alabama Conducting Voter Fraud Investigation Based On Man’s Off-The-Cuff Comment
Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine, said he believed Merrill had to investigate the comment. “I think he has to investigate every credible issue.  If he didn’t he would just be open to charges of allowing voter fraud, even though this looks to be a big nothing,” he wrote in an email.

Daily Mail, Dec. 18, 2017
Humans are STILL evolving: Study finds natural selection favors larger ‘hunky’ men with a high BMI and younger mothers
‘Natural selection is still happening in modern humans – it is observable, we can detect it,’ co-author Janeal Sanjak, from the University of California, Irvine, told the Guardian.

KTIC, Dec. 20, 2017
Global Drought Severity Index Launched
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, and others, are rolling out a new worldwide satellite-based drought severity index. Relying on data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment mission, called GRACE, the index adds groundwater storage to drought assessments, augmenting commonly used tools most often based on the amount of precipitation. Researchers announcing the index say it will “provide for accurate and continuous drought monitoring” worldwide.

Clean Technica, Dec. 16, 2017
SoCalGas Partners With UC Irvine To Design “Advanced Energy Community”
“The integrated set of energy efficiency measures, smart grid technologies, renewable power generation and energy storage technologies that we will include in the Advanced Energy Community design will improve quality of life while reducing costs and emissions,” said Jack Brouwer, associate director of the Advanced Power and Energy Program of UCI.

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