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The Conversation, Jan. 13, 2020
Cyberspace is the next front in Iran-US conflict – and private companies may bear the brunt
Bryan Cunningham, Executive Director of the Cyber Security Policy & Research Institute, University of California, Irvine writes, “Iran and other nations have waged a stealth cyberwar against the United States for at least the past decade, largely targeting not the government itself but, rather, critical infrastructure companies. This threat to the private sector will get much worse before it gets better and businesses need to be prepared to deal with it.”

Orange County Register, Jan. 10, 2020
Nonprofit wet lab incubator opens in Irvine, filling hole in Orange County’s growing biomedical industry
“Starting five or six years ago, we became more focused on the idea of how can the university (UC Irvine) get more effective at commercializing the research going on there,” said Ken Beall, president of University Lab Partners and son of Don and Joan Beall. … Members also will have access to UCI’s small business development center and innovation and entrepreneurial program, UCI Beall Applied Innovation renamed last year after the family donated millions in support. Leaders of University Lab Partners and UCI Beall Applied Innovation use the term “ecosystem” in describing what is being created. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CNN, Jan. 10, 2020
The Amazon is a key buffer against climate change. A new study warns wildfires could decimate it
In 2019, record fires in the Amazon sparked international outrage and capped a decade that saw the rainforest lose an area the size of 8.4 million soccer fields to deforestation. But authors of a new study warn that as the climate becomes hotter and drier, future fires could be far more damaging. They project that the amount of forest burned could double by 2050 and consume 16 percent of the rainforest — an area nearly the size of the entire state of Michigan, according to Paulo Brando, [assistant] professor at the University of California-Irvine and a lead author of the study.

China Daily, Jan 13, 2020
San Francisco losing its Chinese eateries
“Chinese immigrants opened restaurants to make a living, especially when the Chinese had very limited employment opportunities because of racial prejudice,” Yong Chen, a professor of history at the University of California, Irvine said. And Chinese Americans successfully turned Chinese food from a despised cuisine into the most popular ethnic cuisine in the US. The rise of Chinese food is a classic American story of immigrant entrepreneurship and perseverance, said Chen in his book Chop Suey, USA. But restaurant work is very demanding, and it’s hard for first-generation owners to have a normal life, so even owners of famous restaurants face such challenges as long as these are family operations, Chen said.

The Guardian, Jan. 11, 2020
Taiwan election: Tsai Ing-Wen wins landslide in rebuke to China
“This is just a huge loss for the [Chinese communist party]. The CCP is likely to respond in terms of doubling down on their current strategy of trying to punish Taiwan as much as possible, but at the end of the day it shows its just going to push people toward a green president,” said Lev Nachman, a PhD candidate at the University of California, Irvine, focusing on Taiwan. Tsai’s party and those aligned with it are considered part of the “green camp”.

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