UCI News

The Washington Post, Feb. 26, 2018
North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists
While there are no direct measurements of temperature there, Zack Labe, a climate scientist working on his PhD at the University of California at Irvine, confirmed that several independent analyses showed “it was very close to freezing,” which is more than 50 degrees (30 degrees Celsius) above normal. … “I was taken by surprise how expansive this warm intrusion was.”

Reuters, Feb. 27, 2018
U.S. top court to mull rules on what voters can wear to polls
“On the one hand, the Supreme Court has recognized that areas immediately around polling places can be zones free of politics,” said Richard Hasen, a University of California, Irvine professor specializing in election law. “On other hand, Minnesota’s law appears quite broad.”

BBC, Feb, 25, 2018
When Greeks Flew Kites – The Deal
In an interview with BBC, Jeffrey Wasserstrom, professor of history at UC Irvine, said: “So what’s coming toward her is a combined force of people that the Westerns had taken to calling the “boxers” and their cause was anti-Christian. The boxers had killed Christians, mostly Chinese Christians, but also some missionaries and missionary families ….” [starts at 11:40]

Fast Company, Feb. 27, 2018
NASA’s Time-Traveling Space Telescope Marks A New Era For Observation And Technology
For professor James Bullock of U.C. Irvine, who serves as chair of the James Webb Space Telescope User Committee, the appeal is similar. “The kind of questions we’re going to be answering with Webb, we’ve been asking them forever,” he says.

Big Think, Feb. 26, 2018
Teens have one key agenda when using social media

The lead author Joanna Yau, a UCI Ph.D. candidate in education, stressed how deliberate the teens are in their posting habits — “Teenagers aren’t just posting carelessly; they’re surprisingly thoughtful about what they choose to reveal on social media,” said Yau. “Peer approval is important during adolescence, especially in early adolescence, so they’re sharing content that they think others will find impressive.”

Previously “In the News”