UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, Dec. 21, 2017
UCI Names Richardson as Law School Dean
The University of California, Irvine, named L. Song Richardson as the permanent dean of its law school, replacing Erwin Chemerinsky. … The university said it conducted a national search and decided Richardson was “the ideal candidate” Provost Enrique Lavernia said in a statement. Since opening in 2009, the school has become one of the tops in the country, ranking No. 10 among public universities and No. 28 overall by U.S. News & World Report.

Orange County Register, Dec. 21, 2017
UCI names new dean, who becomes the only woman of color leading a top law school
L. Song Richardson will assume her new post Jan. 1, becoming the only woman of color to serve as dean among U.S. News & World Report’s top-ranked 30 law schools in the nation, UCI officials said on Thursday. She is of African American and Korean descent. “Song Richardson is a brilliant scholar and inspirational leader, and we are excited that she will become the second dean of UCI Law,” Chancellor Howard Gillman said in a statement.

Orange County Register, Dec. 22, 2017
How UC Irvine is combining acting and brain science
Recently, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at UC Irvine piloted an inter-department course,  “The Science of Acting.” This cross-disciplinary collaborative program introduced aspiring actors to brain science in the hopes that the information would support and improve the performers’ existing acting technique.

KCRW, Dec. 21, 2017
States and counties sue opioid makers while death toll increases
New federal numbers show that life expectancy in the U.S. dropped for the second consecutive year. Health officials are pointing to opioids as the problem. Even as President Trump has declared a “health emergency” over these drugs, the problem just seems to get worse. Now states, cities and counties are suing the drug makers. We find out what they hope to accomplish in these suits. Guests: Andrew Noymer, UC Irvine ….

Dissent, Dec. 21, 2017
Christmas for Xi
David Bandurski and Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History at UC Irvine, write, “Christmas came early this year for Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader who, domestically at least, seems to have it all. He already had a compliant press, an adoring population, and a long list of titles—including head of the Chinese Communist Party and President of the PRC—when the Leninist organization he leads gave him a new gift in October by slipping a shiny phrase, “Xi Jinping Thought,” into the latest revision of the country’s constitution.”

Mental Floss, Dec. 21, 2017
The Fascinating History Behind Why Jewish Families Eat Chinese Food on Christmas
According to Yong Chen, a history professor at the University of California-Irvine and author of Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America, “[Diners] were attracted to Chinese food because, in their mind, it represented American cosmopolitanism and middle class status.”

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