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Los Angeles Times, Dec. 6, 2022
Global protests, local ramifications: Why protests in China, Iran and India resonate here
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a [Chancellor’s] professor of modern Chinese history at UC Irvine, said there’s a feedback loop between U.S. attention and international protest. Rallies in the U.S. help prolong protest movements as well as magnify the attention they receive. Especially for people in countries that smother protest movements with censorship and crackdowns, or lack free speech protections, a protest in Los Angeles might be the only possible outlet in which to speak out. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KCBS, Dec. 5, 2022 (Video)
Experts say weather helped California avoid dangerous wildfires in 2022
“We are keeping most fires pretty small in size, not using lots of resources,” said Tirtha Banerjee, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. Banerjee studies wildfires and the prescribed burning of forests at the University of California, Irvine.

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 5, 2022
A Broader Way of Thinking About Well-Being
Marcelle Hayashida, UCI Associate Vice Chancellor, Wellness, Health and Counseling Service writes, “My campus, the University of California, Irvine, was one of the initial universities to join the U.S. Health Promoting Campuses Network (USHPCN), …. we have taken a pledge to transform our institutions into institutions that embed wellness principles into the fabric of what we do …. throughout the institution, including the curriculum, the built environment and administrative services.”

VICE, Dec. 5, 2022
Scientists Propose Mind-Bending Plan to Look for Dark Matter, New Physics Near the Sun
Now, a team led by Yu-Dai Tsai, a physicist at the University of California, Irvine, has proposed a fascinating space mission that would use the most accurate clocks ever invented to search for dark matter that might be bound to the Sun.  In this way, the concept mission, which the team calls SpaceQ, could potentially uncover “new physics” and “study many fundamental physics topics,” according to a study published in Nature Astronomy on Monday.

KNX Radio, Dec. 2, 2022 (Audio)
Success Rates of “Boomerang CEOs”
“Bob Iger’s first week back on the job, as head of Disney. Emily Valdez with more on the success rates of what are known as ‘Boomerang CEOs.’ Travis Howell, an assistant professor of strategy [with The Paul Merage School of Business] at UC Irvine, co-authored a study of 6,000 CEOs – 200 of which were return hires, or so-called ‘boomerangs.’” “They don’t have a great track record at all… he [Iger] hasn’t been gone that long but a lot has changed in that time,” says Howell.

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