UCI News

SFGATE, Feb. 8, 2018
UC names fellows for its new free speech center
The scholars, lawyers and writers will spend a year studying First Amendment ideas, including a week at each of the UC campuses — before presenting their findings at a national conference later this year, said UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman, co-chair of the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement, which opened in October in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post, Feb. 9, 2018
Pennsylvania has to draw new congressional districts, but getting rid of gerrymandering will be harder than you think.
Bernard Grofman, professor of political science, and Jonathan Cervas, PhD candidate in political science at UCI, write: “There are at least two important legal issues the court would have to tackle in a new map. First, partisan gerrymandering is like cancer: Sometimes the signs are obvious, but sometimes no signs can be seen. … Second, the court will need to ask whether it is looking for a “neutral” plan or a “fair” plan.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, Feb. 8, 2018
UC Irvine medical student creates program to improve doctor sensitivity to sexual abuse survivors
If you’re the average woman getting a routine pelvic exam, dim lighting, a sudden touch or an unexpected movement may not be that big of a deal. But, if you are a victim of sexual assault or abuse, every sensation could become a traumatic trigger. That’s the point 25-year-old Melinda Schneider, a second-year student at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, is trying to drive home, not just to her peers in medical school, but also to academicians who decide how future physicians get their training.

Daily Pilot, Feb. 8, 2018
UC Irvine academics come to the defense of players after WHO proposes ‘gaming disorder’ as a thing
After learning of the World Health Organization’s plan to add “gaming disorder” to its list of mental health conditions, UC Irvine published a response against the classification …. “We don’t dispute that there are some young people who get into problematic gaming communities or play too much at expense of other activities,” said Mimi Ito, director of UCI’s Connected Learning Lab. “But we want to stress that is a minority of gamers.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Vox, Feb. 8, 2018
Jeff Sessions: marijuana helped cause the opioid epidemic. The research: no.
A new study from David Powell and Rosalie Pacula of the RAND Corporation and Mireille Jacobson of the University of California Irvine looked at how medical marijuana legalization — particularly in states with the most access — affects opioid-related deaths. They concluded, “These findings suggest that broader access to medical marijuana facilitates substitution of marijuana for powerful and addictive opioids.”

Previously “In the News”