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The Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 7, 2015
How this Supreme Court case could change college affirmative action
The amendment recognizes “an enormous difference between a white majority disadvantaging minorities and a white majority acting to remedy past discrimination,” University of California, Irvine, School of Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky told ProPublica.

Mother Jones, Dec. 4, 2015
The craziest thing about this Supreme Court case isn’t that one plaintiff believes unicorns are real
Citing Fisher and Evenwel, University of California, Irvine law professor Rick Hasen says Blum has a history of handpicking plaintiffs with dubious claims of injury to headline the ideologically driven cases his nonprofit engineers and bankrolls. He says, “This seems to be a theme in the cases Ed Blum has brought.”

The San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec. 5, 2015
Top-tier water users unmasked
Drought-shaming is one way for the general public to punish water hogs, but it’s unlikely to accomplish anything beyond catharsis, said David Feldman, professor and chair of planning, policy and design at the University of California, Irvine, School of Social Ecology. It can even backfire, causing shamed customers to dig in their heels, or even use more water.

Mashable, Dec. 6, 2015
It’s time to reclaim the troll
As Peter Ditto, professor of psychology at University of California Irvine, explains, positive affirmation is the best persuasion tool we have. And the practice is rare. “Affirmation will allow people to express their values in some way … people will be more responsive to different information in some way,” Ditto told Mashable.

The Huffington Post, Dec. 4, 2015
Has a global gathering of scientists found common ground on gene-editing the human germline?
Peter Donovan, professor at UC Irvine [writes]: Two key questions were addressed. Whether it would be possible and safe to carry out human germline gene-editing, and whether there were situations in which such gene-editing would be appropriate.

CNN, Dec. 4, 2015
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The Dalai Lama and oceanographer Walter Munk share a moment during a discussion about climate change Monday, July 6, at the University of California, Irvine.

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