UCI News

The New York Times, Feb. 23, 2020
At U.C. Irvine, to Honor Kobe Bryant Is to Win
The Lakers star was a fixture at the college, not far from his home, in the off-season. The Anteaters are trying to instill a “Mamba mentality” as a way to recognize their connection to him. … “I don’t think there’s anything better we can do to honor the legacy of Kobe than trying to compete at our highest level,” [UCI Men’s Basketball Head Coach Russell] Turner said. “Our players see that as the responsibility that comes with feeling connected with Kobe, with the Mamba mentality.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

ABC News, Feb. 24, 2020
Death row inmate’s fight for his life shines light on use of jailhouse informants
[James] Dailey’s case highlights the controversial use of jailhouse informants in criminal cases and the expectation of leniency from law enforcement and prosecutors for their information and testimony, which critics say creates an incentive to lie. To that point, according to the National Registry of Exonerations, — a joint project from the University of California Irvine, the University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law — nearly 200 people had their convictions overturned since 1968 in cases where a jailhouse informant was used at trial, including 27 who were sentenced to death.

Grist, Feb. 21, 2020
This tiny but mighty California bureau is taking on polluters
“We can’t rely on this bureau to do all that work, and we still need to focus on the different regulatory agencies: the California Air Resources Board, the Department of Pesticide Regulation, the Department of Toxic Substances Control. That’s where the real enforcement should be taking place,” said [Michael] Méndez, an assistant professor [urban planning and public policy] at the University of California, Irvine. While the bureau is a positive first step, its capacity is limited by its small size, said Méndez.

Yahoo News (AFP), Feb. 24, 2020
Virus-hit China postpones parliament for first time in decades
Dorothy Solinger, an expert on Chinese politics at the University of California at Irvine, said to postpone would be a “smart move”. She said the government’s message is: “We are putting all our effort into combatting the virus. We don’t have the time to hold these meetings now.” The virus also deeply impacts some of the session’s most hallowed rituals, she said. “How could they present the mandatory NPC upbeat accounts of the progress and positive prognosis of the economy and other achievements in the midst of such uncertainty as they’re facing now?”

Los Angeles Times, Feb. 23, 2020
Hydro Flask started out at farmers markets. Here’s how it got so huge
S’well might’ve been the “it” brand were it not for that recognizable shape, said Connie Pechmann, a marketing professor at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business. … “I think S’well made a big mistake,” Pechmann said. You “couldn’t really fit an ice cube in them,” and the bottles were small enough to fit inconspicuously into backpacks. “People aren’t putting [Hydro Flasks] in their backpacks,” she said. “They’re carrying them separately.” That makes them highly visible  — so carrying one becomes a statement, as well as an opportunity for users to showcase their identities. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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