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Forbes, Feb. 9, 2019 (Contributor)
Will A.I. Put Lawyers Out Of Business?
Song Richardson, Dean of the University of California-Irvine School of Law, worries about just this possibility. “Why does someone become a lawyer or judge? It’s certainly not to become a cog in the wheel of an assembly line system of justice. The fact that we have backlogs resulting in a failure to give people the individualized attention they deserve tells us there’s something fundamentally wrong with our justice system. Expediting the mass processing of people using AI isn’t the answer. It’s the opposite of justice.”

The New York Times, Feb. 9, 2019
Our Brains Aren’t Designed to Handle the Trump Era
In 2016, before Trump was elected, Gloria Mark, a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, examined the daily habits of 40 information workers. She discovered they checked their email 77 times per day, on average, and slalomed between screens every 47 seconds. … For what it’s worth, Gloria Mark says that women, in her research, tend to self-interrupt less frequently than men. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

KTLA 5, Feb. 8, 2019 (Video)
UC Irvine Frat Brothers Help Vietnam Vet Who’s Struggled With Health Conditions, Hardship in Buena Park
A group of UC Irvine fraternity brothers, one of whom is a member of Code of Vets, are helping Vietnam veteran Robert Lewis get secure housing after he has struggled with health conditions including a stroke, PTSD and a hard fall in December that left him hospitalized. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Lewis get housing upon his release from medical care.

The Washington Post, Feb. 8, 2019 (Opinion)
A so-called victory shows how the Supreme Court will kill ‘Roe v. Wade’
Leah Litman, assistant professor at the University of California at Irvine School of Law writes, “That is how Roe v. Wade will die. Not with a bang, but with a million little distinctions that judges will draw to limit the impact of any cases that invalidate restrictions on abortion. By voting to allow the Louisiana law to go into effect, four justices gave the okay to states and lower courts to limit Roe by whatever means necessary.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Desert Sun, Feb. 8, 2019
Salton Sea: Fish and the birds that fed on them wiped out this winter
Two years ago, “there were thousands of birds here,” said [Tim] Bradley, a UC Irvine biologist and member of the state’s Salton Sea science advisory committee. He and other wildlife experts who monitor California’s largest lake try to see progress where they can. … A long-predicted, enormous ecological transition is occurring this winter. But the 350-square-mile water body is not dead yet. If agencies and policymakers can finally resolve their differences, researchers and advocates say, portions of what’s being lost could still return. But it needs to happen quickly.

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