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U.S. News & World Report (AP), Jan. 10, 2019
Gerrymandering Lawsuits Linger as Next Redistricting Nears
First up was a court hearing Thursday in Virginia, where a federal judicial panel reviewed several proposals from an outside expert to redraw some state House districts. The court had previously determined that those districts were racially gerrymandered. The expert, University of California, Irvine political science professor Bernard Grofman, answered questions about his revisions. “My focus was on remedying constitutional infirmities,” he said.

The New York Times, Jan. 5, 2019 (Opinion)
Hollywood’s Obsession With Cartels
Hector Tobar, UCI Associate Professor of English and Chicano/Latino Studies writes, “The cartel operative — be he a kingpin or a hit man or a small-time drug dealer — has become the dominant image of Latino people in American television and cinema. The dialogue and imagery of cartel movies associates Latino identity with inherent, pure evil again and again. It’s time for Hollywood to ask: What message are we sending to the American public by asking this country’s Latino actors to act out one execution-style killing after another? [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Atlas Obscura, Jan. 11, 2019
Female Parakeets Flock to Birds With Brains
However, there are other ways of interpreting the behavior of the female budgies. According to Dr. Georg Striedter of the University of California, Irvine, who published an analysis of the study in the same issue of Science, the female birds could have been attracted to the strength of the males. “We pointed out that the females may not have realized that the males were solving a complex problem,” writes Striedter in an email. “Maybe the females just thought the males were very strong (i.e., brawny).”

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 10, 2019
Transitions: U. of Rochester Selects Its First Female President, Louisiana State U. Names Provost
Steve Goldstein, dean and chief diversity officer in the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago, will become vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of California at Irvine on February 1.

Sun Sentinel, Jan. 10, 2019
Ticket alert: Comedian Owen Smith to raise money for Innocence Project of Florida
The National Registry of Exonerations, a project of the University Of California Irvine Newkirk Center For Science and Society, University Of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College Of Law, has tracked 2,363 exonerations since 1989 — the first year of a DNA exoneration — amounting to 20,647 years lost between them. In Florida, 73 people have been exonerated since 1989, totalling over 630 years lost between the exonerees.

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