UCI in the News – Jan. 11, 2017

The New York Times, Jan. 11, 2017
Sons to run Trump business via trust; ethicists still see conflict
Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of the University of California, Irvine, School of Law, said the plan to turn over “profits” derived from foreign government payments to Mr. Trump’s hotel was not sufficient to eliminate the constitutional issue. “As soon as he receives the payment, he will have benefited, even if he later decides to give it away,” Mr. Chemerinsky said. “This will mean he will have violated a provision of the Constitution.”

The Washington Post, Jan. 10, 2017
Antarctica is about to lose an enormous piece of ice. The question is what happens after that.
“This is a sign of instability, akin to the 20 percent increase in the flow speed of Larsen B between 1996 and 2000 prior to its collapse,” noted a 2011 scientific paper by University of California, Irvine geoscientist Eric Rignot and his colleagues.

MIC, Jan. 10, 2017
Obama’s farewell address was a rallying cry to keep the fight for racial justice going
“Donald Trump is the first Republican in modern times to win the party’s presidential nomination on anti-minority sentiments,” Michael Tesler, a University of California, Irvine assistant professor who studies race and voting, recently noted in the Washington Post.

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 11, 2017
Two new studies diverge on the impact of a higher minimum wage
“They make assumptions very favorable to the view that minimum wages aren’t going to have much of an adverse impact,” says David Neumark, an economist at UC Irvine. “They point to a set of studies that are at one extreme of what people find.”

Yahoo! News, Jan. 9, 2017
NOAA: 2016 was second warmest on record in U.S.
Zack Labe, who researches the effect of atmospheric and oceanic circulations on the climate system at the University of California, Irvine, said the graphics released by NOAA are not surprising. … “The extent of the warmth is what is alarming and noteworthy in my opinion,” Labe told Yahoo News, referencing the above-average temperatures throughout the contiguous United States and Alaska.

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