NBC News, Dec. 6, 2018
Series of Pacific storms raises hopes for a wet El Niño season
“It is a weak El Niño, but there is some hope for above-normal rainfall,” said Jin-Yi Yu, professor of earth system science at the University of California, Irvine. … “We know this new type of El Niño does not bring us the rain that a traditional El Niño from the eastern Pacific brings,” he said. “Most of these new El Niños are usually very weak.”
CNN, Dec. 6, 2018
Body fat levels linked to breast cancer risk in post-menopausal women
A particular strength of the research for Hoda Anton-Culver, distinguished professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, was the analysis of the location on the body of the fat levels. “I think it’s a good step forward that takes us from looking at the BMI as an indicator of obesity to really looking at the particular site of the fat concentration in the body,” said Anton-Culver, who was not involved in the research.
The New York Times, Dec. 6, 2018
After Citizens United, a Vicious Cycle of Corruption
Rick Hasen, a campaign finance expert at the University of California-Irvine’s law school, told me that as recently as last week, [Justice Anthony] Kennedy expressed no regrets. When Kennedy was asked in an interview at the University of Virginia, Hasen wrote, “if, in the wake of the huge influx of money into elections, he had any regrets about his majority opinion in Citizens United v. FEC, he said the decision ‘stands for itself’. ” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]
Smithsonian, Dec. 5, 2018
The First Criminal Trial That Used Fingerprints as Evidence
“The Jennings case really is the earliest case – earliest published case – in which you’ll find any discussion of fingerprint evidence,” says Simon A. Cole, author of Suspect Identities: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification and professor of criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology. “So, in that sense it really is a precedent for the whole country.”
Broadway World, Dec. 5, 2018
AD Productions Premieres BLURRED AT THE EDGES, A New One-Person Play About Dr. John Langdon Down
The play was conceived upon the urging of UC Irvine Medical Center staff member Eric Doran, who is the Down Syndrome Program Manager. Doran and his colleagues felt Dr. Down was overlooked in the history books and had not received proper credit for his forward thinking in medical treatment and care for the developmentally disabled.
Previously “In the News”