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Law.com, Jan. 21, 2020
For One Roberts Clerk, Trump’s Impeachment Trial Will Be Part of Experience
Earning a clerkship in the U.S. Supreme Court is an experience of a lifetime, but expand it to include a presidential impeachment trial and the historical significance of that experience is beyond any expectations. Megan Braun, a clerk to Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., will be near her boss Tuesday, ready to assist with any needed legal research, during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. … Braun, a 2016 Yale Law graduate, has the golden resume of most Supreme Court clerks. Besides the ivy league law school credential, she is a Rhodes scholar, a 2013 Oxford University graduate with a master’s in philosophy and international relations, and a 2010 graduate of the University of California-Irvine with a bachelor’s in history.

Harvard Business Review, Jan. 23, 2020
How to Safeguard Against Cyberattacks on Utilities
“I can’t overemphasize the calamity that these events cause at the neighborhood level. Hundreds of health care facilities don’t have back-up generators,” said Jack Brouwer, an engineering professor and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. Referencing the deaths caused by previous wildfires in California, he said, “If you’re out of power for an hour, that’s fine, but for a couple of days — those lives count as much as those that would be lost in a fire.”

Jefferson Public Radio, Jan. 22, 2020 (Audio)
Looking For Firm Ground In A World Of Misinformation
Who do you believe if you don’t believe scientists?  It’s a hot topic in today’s world, where your political party preference–at least in the United States–can often be divined from your position on climate change. This is the zone in which Cailin O’Connor focuses her research.  O’Connor is a philosopher of science at the University of California-Irvine, and her work deals with misinformation and the shakiness of certainty.

Bloomberg, Jan. 22, 2020 (Subscription)
Two UN Sleuths Linked Saudi Crown Prince to Bezos Phone Hack
The account was the joint work of two strong-willed specialists, known as special rapporteurs, for the UN Human Rights Council, who already have made their mark with outspoken assessments: Agnes Callamard … and David Kaye, who specializes in freedom of express ion in the digital age. … Kaye, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, has called out by name technology companies he says put user privacy at risk and spread false information.

The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 22, 2020 (Book review)
The Shenzhen Experiment’ Review: Building Up a ‘Fishing Village’
UCI Chancellor’s Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom writes, “Yet “The Shenzhen Experiment” is not just a collection of analytic claims. It is also a compilation of stories, assembled from interviews the author carried out as well as her wide reading. … Ms. [Juan] Du has made a major contribution to understanding a fascinating city.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

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