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U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 26, 2021
U.S. News Announces 2021 Best Online Programs Rankings
U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, today published the 2021 Best Online Programs rankings. Designed for learners looking to complete or further their education, the rankings evaluate more than 1,600 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. … Master’s Programs … Criminal Justice/Criminology. 1. University of California, Irvine ….

The Washington Post, Jan. 25, 2021
Earth is now losing 1.2 trillion tons of ice each year. And it’s going to get worse.
A second, NASA-backed study on the Greenland ice sheet, for instance, finds that no less than 74 major glaciers that terminate in deep, warming ocean waters are being severely undercut and weakened. … “It’s like cutting the feet off the glacier rather than melting the whole body,” said Eric Rignot, a study co-author and a glacier researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California, Irvine. … The new study, led by glaciologist Mike Wood, also of UC Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, relies on measurements taken via hundreds of instruments deployed by aircraft and ships for the past six years …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Scientific American, Jan. 25, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: Can Shocking Images Persuade Doubters of COVID’s Dangers?
Jared Celniker, UCI doctoral candidate in psychological science, Peter Ditto, UCI professor in psychological science and Nathan Ballantyne write, “In our study, not everyone agreed that COVID-19 is a legitimate threat, and the pictures didn’t shock unbelievers into thinking otherwise. Images can be effective reminders of persuasive arguments; but when using images to persuade, we may take for granted precisely what we’re trying to prove. … Troubling images may become tools for people to reach new beliefs. Yet we must all be mindful of how easily we misunderstand what’s evocative to others.”

Orange County Register, Jan. 25, 2021
House members from Orange County land key committee roles
Partisanship and the close political divide of the House of Representatives combine for a “national lawmaking environment (that) makes it incredibly difficult to get things done,” said UC Irvine political science professor Matthew Beckmann. But Beckmann added that gridlock isn’t a given, and the roles each member plays can be important. “Issues that are not as exciting for cable news and twitter mobs are able to make it past Congress, often with bipartisan support. That is where committee assignments matter.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Los Angeles Review of Books, Jan. 25, 2021 (Essay)
Reading Havel in Hong Kong — and Arendt in Bangkok
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of History writes, “I am delighted that the first foreign language edition [Thai] of [my book] Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink is this one. … “Hong Kong’s story is unique and so, too, is Thailand’s. But there are good reasons why activists from each place have viewed their goals as compatible enough to form bonds with one another, and there are good reasons why those concerned with Hong Kong’s past, present, and future should read more about those of Thailand, and why those concerned with Thailand’s past, present, and future should read more about Hong Kong.”

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