UCI News

The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 13, 2018
No Racial Quotas in Special Education
A 2015 study by scholars at UC Irvine and Penn State University found that black children are more likely than white children to be born prematurely and have high levels of lead in their blood …. “The real problem is that black children are underrepresented in special-education classes when compared with white children with similar levels of academic achievement, behavior and family economic resources,” two of the authors, Paul Morgan and George Farkas, wrote in an op-ed. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, Feb. 14, 2018
Judges Say Throw Out the Map. Lawmakers Say Throw Out the Judges.
“This is Trumpism at the lower level,” said Bernard Grofman, an elections expert at the University of California, Irvine who redrew Virginia’s congressional map in 2015 following a federal court finding that districts had been racially gerrymandered. “This is the view that if independent branches of government say things that don’t match what you say or do, you fire them; you impeach them; you malign them; you destroy them as best you can.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Las Vegas Review-Journal, Feb. 13, 2018
UNLV symposium discusses importance of free speech on campus
Institutions of higher education are in the business of generating ideas. But are all ideas welcome on college campuses today? Howard Gillman, author and chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, said they should be. … “You bring the ideas to the table, and you assume that anyone who is willing to be in partnership with you, is deserving of your respect as engaged in a common enterprise.”

Psychology Today, Feb. 13, 2018
When Differences Emerge in Relationships
Jessica Borell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at University of California, Irvine and Debra Mashek, write, “Assume others have good intentions. This goes a long way in creating positive relationships. Acknowledge the potential for fallibility in our thinking. Respect the thought processes of others as careful and reasonable. and above all, persist in the quest to understand others. This is perhaps the best Valentine’s Day gift of all.”

Daily Pilot, Feb. 8, 2018
Irvine Barclay Theatre president has a side hustle playing the sax in Newport
As president of Irvine Barclay Theatre, [Jerry] Mandel showcases a wide range of programming in contemporary dance, music and theater at a venue that has become an important center in the Orange County arts community. …  Three years ago, a UC Irvine administrator called, asking if he would come out of retirement and help lead the Barclay for three months. Having been a vice chancellor at UCI before joining the Orange County Performing Arts Center in 1997, and missing the theater, Mandel agreed. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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