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Associated Press, Jan. 25, 2018
Pennsylvania GOP take gerrymandering case to US high court
Lawyers for the Democrats said Thursday that Republicans had made the opposite argument — that a judicial decision on congressional districts should be left to state courts — when they asked the U.S. Supreme Court in October to halt a separate gerrymandering case that was rejected earlier this month in Philadelphia’s federal court. “You shouldn’t be able to argue both sides of the issue,” said Rick Hasen, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, who studies elections law. “That said, the Supreme Court can do whatever it wants.”

The Sacramento Bee, Jan. 26, 2018
What are the benefits, risks of marijuana use? Experts are just finding out
During his 25 years of researching cannabis, Dr. Daniele Piomelli has received hundreds of emails from people desperately wanting to know whether the plant can help them with medical problems. He recalls the one he received from the father of a girl with autism who was desperate for help. “Ninety-nine percent of the time, I have to say, ‘We just don’t know,’ ” said Piomelli, a professor at the University of California, Irvine. “It’s heartbreaking.”

Daily Pilot, Jan. 16, 2018
The Crowd: Maria Shriver honored at UCI MIND’s gala
Dr. Joshua Grill, co-director of UCI MIND proclaims that Alzheimer’s is a “growing epidemic.” At a recent annual UCI MIND event … fronted by esteemed national Alzheimer’s spokeswoman and celebrated journalist Maria Shriver, Grill commented: “The number of people living with Alzheimer’s in the U.S. is expected to triple by 2050. This is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.” Shriver was invited by UCI MIND (Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders) to share her passion. She continued: “Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s crisis. That’s why we must be at the heart of the situation.”

Reuters, Jan. 26, 2018
Hotter summer highs means cities face increasingly deadly risks
There are more than a billion people living in extreme poverty, with many of them living in megacities and large urban centres. These are people struggling to survive,” said Simon Michael Papalexiou, … [UCI] environmental engineer and the lead author of the study. … Amir AghaKouchak, a civil engineer and co-author of the study, said growing urban heat risk will require city authorities to think about new measures save lives – something some are already putting in place.

Crime Stories with Nancy Grace, Jan. 23, 2018
Tuesday Crime Stories: Secrets buried under California ‘House of Horrors’?
Investigators are using cadaver dogs to search for possible buried secrets in a southern California house of horrors. Nancy Graces updates the bizarre Turpin family case with University of California [Irvine] psychologist Dr. Jessie Borelli, Los Angeles psycho analyst Dr. Bethany Marshall, forensics expert Joseph Scott Morgan, and Crime Stories contributing reporter Chuck Roberts. [Jessie Borelli starts at 7:39]

Daily Pilot, Jan. 18, 2018
UC Irvine theater professor’s new production tells a story through physical movement
The perennial theme of the directionless child’s search for identity is told in the book “She” by author and UC Irvine English professor Michelle Latiolais. The 2016 book has been successful, receiving rave reviews from various outlets, and the tale will unfold in a new medium Jan. 25 through 28 with a free theater production adapted by fellow UCI professor Annie Loui. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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