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Orange County Register, Feb. 23, 2018
A hunt for the invasive dark unicorn snail shows UCI students how climate change is altering Crystal Cove tide pools
The dark unicorn snail is what’s known as a climate invader, according to Dr. Cascade Sorte. Sorte is a professor of evolutionary biology and ecology and oversees the Sorte Lab, where students research how species react to climate change. “All of these organisms have coping mechanisms,” Sorte said. “The question is: Is it enough? Will they win or will climate change win?”

The San Diego Union-Tribune, Feb. 25, 2018
San Diego homicides drop sharply in past year but why?
Charis Kubrin, a professor of criminology at UC Irvine, said there’s never a single explanation for any trend in crime — especially something as complex as homicides. “A lot of the action shaping homicide occurs at the neighborhood level — that’s where the real story is,” Kubrin said.

Daily Pilot, Feb. 23, 2018
UC Irvine neurologists report finding a way to help old and damaged brains form lasting memories
UC Irvine neurologists say they’ve found a way to help old and damaged brains form long-term memories by unlocking a repressed gene. Marcelo Wood, UCI’s Francisco J. Ayala chair in neurobiology and behavior, presented his team’s findings this month in Austin, Texas, at the annual meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 23, 2018
‘Arm the good guys’? Kentucky and other states weigh adding guns to schools.
The problem researchers have is that while school shootings undoubtedly happen too often, they “don’t happen frequently enough that it’s very easy to predict what’s going to cause them,” and thus whether armed security personnel would have a meaningful impact in preventing them, says Emily Owens, a criminologist at the University of California, Irvine, who has researched school police programs.

Forbes, Feb. 23, 2018
The Higher Education Movement Our Country Needs
ATI [American Talent Initiative] is also about individuals. It’s about Valerie Nguyen from the University of California-Irvine, a first-generation American who has coached Special Olympics and mentored prison inmates, indigenous migrants, and first-generation college students. … ATI schools are already proving the possible. Member institutions like … UC Irvine, and Princeton have substantially increased socioeconomic diversity in the last five years.

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