UCI News

ESPN, Feb. 1, 2017
Panelists hoping to crack code of female acceptance in gaming
One of the panelists will be Kathy Chiang, arena coordinator for UCI’s new eSports center …. her ears perked as a high school senior when she noticed UCI offered a computer game science major. The major isn’t for playing; it focuses on the fundamentals of game design, gaming culture and computer science. … “That was the first time I really thought about pursuing it as a career,” Chiang said. “I never realized there could be such a direct option.”

The Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2017
‘Beyond the extreme’: Scientists marvel at ‘increasingly non-natural’ Arctic warmth
Zack Labe, a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine who is studying Arctic sea ice and extreme weather, said that while greenhouse gases will continue leading to a warmer climate and less ice in the long run, the Arctic will probably continue to experience significant year-to-year fluctuations. “I think we should be cautious, especially considering the resiliency of sea ice, when discussing the warming trend,” Labe said. “It remains uncertain the role natural variability may be having in individual years such as this one.”

Time, Jan. 31, 2017
There are echoes of China in today’s America
Maura Cunningham and Jeffrey Wasserstrom, professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, [write]: As Americans who write about and spend time in China, we are frequently asked what the People’s Republic is like. People often say things to us like “I hear things are really different over there.” Yes, in many ways they are. But we are troubled by how often lately we experience a strange sort of China-related déjà vu when following events in the U.S.

The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 31, 2017
Legal community reacts to the nomination
UC Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky said via email that Judge Gorsuch is “impeccably qualified,” but “the question is whether his views are so conservative to put him outside the judicial mainstream.” As a self-described originalist, Mr. Chemerinsky asked, would he vote to overrule cases protecting rights not explicitly laid out in the Constitution, such as in the area of reproductive freedom?

CNN, Jan. 31, 2017
What’s a constitutional crisis — and are we in one?
“No − not yet,” said Jennifer Chacón, professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. “A crisis would be a situation where there was a genuine concern that one branch of the government was not acting constitutionally and no checks seem to be operating on that branch.”

Orange County Register, Feb. 1, 2017
UC Irvine students gather to protest immigrant ban
A coalition of UC Irvine students denounced President Donald Trump and promoted progressive values in an open-microphone vigil Tuesday evening that was equal parts political protest and cathartic gathering.

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