UCI News

The Washington Post, Jan. 14, 2023
California’s winter storms have been deadlier than any wildfire since 2018
The state’s years-long drought may have also had a psychological effect on residents, who lately have been praying for rain, said Amir AghaKouchak, a civil and environmental engineering professor at University of California, Irvine. “Fire, when you see it, you immediately feel the danger,” he said. “But rain is different, especially in California, where we consider it a good thing.” Floods, then, can blindside people, he said. And it doesn’t take much water — sometimes just a quarter of an inch in a matter of minutes — to transform a benign hill into a mudslide, AghaKouchak said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

NBC News, Jan. 13, 2023
Black rappers call out double standard of using hip-hop lyrics as evidence in rapper Young Thug’s criminal trial
It’s not uncommon for prosecutors to use rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials …. Prosecutors use the tactic because it’s effective in getting convictions, said Charis E. Kubrin, a professor at the University of California Irvine, who has researched the use of rap lyrics in the justice system. …. Through her research Kubrin has found bias against rap music and artists, she said, adding that much of that bias is racialized.

The New York Times, Jan. 16, 2023
China’s Population Falls, Heralding a Demographic Crisis
“In the long run, we are going to see a China the world has never seen,” said Wang Feng, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine who specializes in China’s demographics. “It will no longer be the young, vibrant, growing population. We will start to appreciate China, in terms of its population, as an old and shrinking population.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Best Life, Jan. 14, 2023
Yes, Gas Stoves Could Be Harming Your Health—What Doctors Now Say
Steve Allison, PhD, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Irvine, explains: “Burning gas releases pollutants into the air, especially NOx [nitrogen oxides]. Unless the stove is adequately vented—and most are not—those pollutants build up in the home, sometimes reaching levels that surpass air quality standards,” he tells Best Life. “In fact, cooking on a gas stove can make indoor air quality worse than a smoggy day in Los Angeles or Beijing.”

The Orange County Register, Jan. 12, 2023
Where to celebrate Lunar New Year in Orange County
UC Irvine’s multicultural festival includes a colorful parade with an animated dragon and prancing lion dance. The celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the UCI Student Center, Barclay Plaza and Theatre will also feature musical performances and a light show. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the UCI School of Social Sciences website. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

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