UCI News

Orange County Register, Dec. 22, 2015
Most influential 2015: Erwin Chemerinsky
Why he’s an influencer: U.S. News & World Report this year ranked the UCI Law School 30th nationally, the highest ranking of any law school in its first year of eligibility. As dean, Chemerinsky stresses public service and the need to prepare students to practice law by having them participate in legal clinics. Chemerinsky often argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, most recently against an Arizona law that prohibited ethnic-studies curriculum. In January, National Jurist magazine named Chemerinsky the nation’s second-most influential legal educator.

Orange County Register, Dec. 22, 2015
Most influential 2015: Linda Trinh Vo
“Those jeans represent a really difficult journey,” says Vo, a UCI professor of Asian American Studies.  And that is the point of this exhibit, called “Vietnamese Focus: Generations of Stories,” which weaves oral histories, photographs and artifacts into a powerful story about coming to America and building a new life. “We wanted an exhibit that shows the hardships that Vietnamese refugees faced and their contributions to America,” Vo says.

The New York Times, Dec. 21, 2015
Gene drives offer new hope against diseases and crop pests
Another approach is to endow mosquitoes with genes that make them resistant to the malaria parasite. Last month, biologists at the Irvine and San Diego campuses of the University of California reported introducing a gene drive with a cargo of malaria-resistance genes into mosquitoes. Such genes, if successfully propelled throughout a wild mosquito population, would render a region free of the malarial parasite, which could no longer spread via mosquito bites.

Washington Examiner, Dec. 21, 2015
Fed: State minimum wage hikes may have killed 200,000 jobs
[David] Neumark writes that the loss of up to 200,000 is a “small drop” that should be weighed against the higher wages for those who remain employed. … Neumark, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, is one of the academic researchers most prominently involved in studying the effects of minimum wage laws.

OC Weekly, Dec. 22, 2015
UCI research exposes effectiveness of terror or natural disaster tweets
The study co-authored by Carter Butts, a UCI professor of sociology affiliated with the California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology, found that messages describing hazard impacts and emphasizing cohesion among users generated the most retweets. … “In an emergency, information comes to us from our friends, family and co-workers as often as from official sources,” Butts says.

WalletHub, Dec. 21, 2015
WalletHub’s 16 for ’16: Financial resolutions for the new year
David Hirshleifer, professor of finance and Merage Chair in business growth in The Paul Merage School of Business at University of California, Irvine. … What are the most important financial resolutions for people to make as we head into 2016?  Pay down loans; do not borrow at high rates of interest. Increase retirement savings.

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