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Business Standard, Dec. 2, 2017
The great interpreter
Ahead of China’s widely scrutinized reshuffle of its senior leadership last month, Jeffrey Wasserstrom was asked by CNN to name the five most powerful people in China … [w]ith his characteristic directness, Wasserstrom, a professor of history at the University of California, Irvine and the author of eminently readable books on modern China, declined to play along, telling CNN that the five people to watch were “Xi, Xi, Xi, Xi and Xi.”

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 5, 2017
Crime rates down in California, up in L.A. County, during period of criminal justice reform
Charis Kubrin, a professor of criminology, law and society at UC Irvine, studied the impact of California’s Public Safety Realignment bill, signed into law in 2011 by Gov. Jerry Brown and designed to address state prison overcrowding by diverting low-level offenders to county jails or probation. She and other researchers found that releasing such offenders back onto the streets had a very small effect on crime in California. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec. 4, 2017
Dreamers pushing for legislative action by end of week
Paris Salgado, a UC Irvine law student and Harvard graduate, said he’s not feeling optimistic. “I anticipate in a couple of months, our entire worlds are going to collapse,” Salgado said.

Orange County Register, Dec. 4, 2017
Placentia-Yorba Linda district students design mobile apps, get idea of STEM career options
“When I come to teach these kids, they surprise me,” said mentor Jerry Granilol, a software engineer major at UC Irvine. “The ideas are all theirs. The programming is all theirs. I teach them the fundamentals and they take it from there. I’m pretty astonished by all of it.”

Science, Dec. 4, 2017
What career items are on your holiday wish list?
My career-related wish this year is to have a nice, peaceful holiday season without being overwhelmed by work. I always feel an immense amount of guilt when I step away from my research. But I have been working pretty hard lately, and I deserve some time off to enjoy my Christmas tamales and Mexican hot chocolate with family. – Evelyn Valdez-Ward, doctoral student in ecology at the University of California, Irvine.

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