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60 Minutes, Feb. 26, 2017
Can Alzheimer’s be prevented? A family may hold the key (Video)
Dr. Claudia Kawas, a leading Alzheimer’s researcher and clinician at UCI says she’s frustrated that she can’t offer her patients any hope. Kawas [says]: “I have to say I’ve been doing this now for a third of a century. And when I started, I just never would have believed we would still not be closer than we are now to making a real difference. It has been a little disappointing.”

60 Minutes, Feb. 26, 2017
Update on “water” (Video)
An update to the 60 Minutes report “Water,” in which Lesley Stahl reported on disturbing evidence that the Earth’s groundwater is pumped out much faster than it can be replenished. In a 2014 interview with 60 Minutes¸ James Famiglietti, professor of Earth system science at UCI [said]: “These aquifers near the surface, they can sometimes be replenished very quickly. If we’re talking about a deeper aquifer that could take ten days or hundreds of years to recharge.”

The Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 26, 2017
How a Delaware state Senate campaign attracted more than 1,000 volunteers
In a phone interview with The Christian Science Monitor, David Meyer, a sociology professor at UCI, [says]: “The usefulness of a large-scale event, particularly one that brings together people from different backgrounds and geographic regions, goes beyond symbolism … This is one way that demonstrations are actually really significant … They’re building networks and building capacity.”

Vox, Feb. 27, 2017
Judicial originalism as myth
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of law at the University of California, Irvine, [said]: “for liberties such as the right to marry, the right to procreate, the right to custody of one’s children, the right to keep the family together, the right of parents to control the upbringing of their children, the right to purchase and use contraceptives, the right to abortion, the right to refuse medical care, [and] the right to engage in private consensual homosexual activity. No longer would women be protected from discrimination under equal protection.”

The Los Angeles Times, Feb. 26, 2017
Political Road Map: If you think it’s time to rein in money in politics, look to Sacramento or to California’s voters
Efforts like that are more likely to survive legal challenges, UC Irvine law professor Rick Hasen points out.  “What the Supreme Court has done in disclosure is give a wide berth to the states,” he said. “I think there’s a lot that can be done.”

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