Scientific American, Feb. 27, 2019
Clouds May Hold the Key to Future Warming
Scientists from Columbia University; the University of California, Irvine; and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich are working on using deep learning—a kind of machine learning method—to try to better represent clouds in large-scale climate models. The “Cloud Brain,” as they call their project, involves a neural network that learns to predict the outcomes of models that specifically simulate clouds. This technique can then be used to represent cloud behavior in larger-scale models, the researchers say.
The New York Times, Feb. 27, 2019
Testimony from Cohen Could Create New Legal Issues for Trump
Richard L. Hasen, an election law professor at the University of California at Irvine School of Law, said prosecutors could use Mr. Cohen’s description of the payments from Mr. Trump to bolster a charge of campaign finance violations. … He noted, however, that campaign finance laws — which are complex — require proof that a person was willfully violating the laws. Mr. Cohen’s testimony does not prove that Mr. Trump knew that the payments he was making were illegal — something that prosecutors would have to prove if they wanted to charge the president. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]
The Washington Post, Feb. 26, 2019
What Trump’s attack on Spike Lee can teach us about racial attitudes — in 3 charts
Michael Tesler, associate professor of political science at UCI writes, “President Trump took to Twitter Monday morning to accuse Spike Lee of a “racist hit on your president” after the director used his Oscar acceptance speech to encourage Americans to mobilize for the 2020 election to ‘be on the right side of history.’ Trump’s tweet raised eyebrows, since Lee’s speech did not mention the president.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
The New York Times, Feb. 27, 2019 (Opinion)
The Deepening ‘Racialization’ of American Politics
Michael Tesler, a political scientist at the University of California-Irvine and the author of the 2016 book “Post Racial or Most Racial,” writes in “Racial Attitudes and American Politics,” a chapter in a forthcoming book: Democratic and Republican voters do not simply disagree about what the government should do on racially charged issues like immigration and affirmative action, they now inhabit increasingly separate realities about race in America. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]
Nature, Feb. 27, 2019 (Book review)
Neurosexism: the myth that men and women have different brains
Early in The Gendered Brain, cognitive neuroscientist Gina Rippon describes one of the myriad brain studies heralded as ‘finally’ explaining the difference between men and women. It was a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) analysis of 21 men and 27 women by researchers at the University of California, Irvine …. Tiny by today’s standards, this brief communication nonetheless went on quite a publicity tour, from newspapers and blogs to television, books and, eventually, teacher education and corporate leadership conferences.
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