USA Today, Dec. 11, 2015
Pumped dry: The global crisis of vanishing groundwater
Many of the world’s aquifers are being depleted. Using measurements from NASA’s GRACE satellites, a team of scientists led by Professor Jay Famiglietti of the University of California, Irvine and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have found that more than half of the planet’s largest 37 aquifers have declined since 2003.
BBC – The Forum, Dec. 14, 2015
Symbols, Signs and Secrets. What symbols tell us about ourselves.
Ranging from hieroglyphics in the ancient World through symbols in art to the increasing use of the emoji, Dr Ramirez examines the power of the symbol and its importance. … With her to discuss symbols and signs, … Professor Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist who studies new media use, particularly among young people in Japan and the US, from the University of California, Irvine ….
The Huffington Post, Dec. 9, 2015
Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims reflects America’s worrisome past
Michele Goodwin, [UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law writes]: In our forthcoming essay published in the Harvard Law Review (found here), Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and I document how claims to protect the nation too often served as proxies for nativism, discrimination, political expedience, and racism.
The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 14, 2015
Droids and The Force: How the science in ‘Star Wars’ is actually real
In another example of science fiction crossing with science reality, astronomers at UC Irvine are exploring the mounting of a laser on the International Space Station in 2017, in order to destroy any threatening space debris … or attacking TIE fighters.
Contra Costa Times, Dec. 14, 2015
University of California pressured to count computer science toward high school math requirement
In the long run, perhaps UC should consider creating another category of courses that includes engineering and computer science, said Debra Richardson, founding dean of UC Irvine’s School of Information and Computer Sciences and chairwoman of the alliance. “It may be just as important for students to be conversant in computer science as in algebra. So many things rely on computers now.”
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