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The New York Times, Dec. 26, 2018 (Opinion)
When the Police Become Prosecutors
Alexandra Natapoff, visiting law professor at Harvard Law School and a law professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law writes, “There are many ways that the police and prosecutors can improve the misdemeanor system, mostly by shrinking it. The police can deploy low-level arrests less often and in more targeted and strategic ways, as many community policing programs already do. And they can focus on reducing racial disparities.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 29, 2018
Crime is down in Los Angeles for the first time in five years
Charis Kubrin, a professor of criminology, law and society at UC Irvine, said L.A.’s decline in violent crime is impressive. … Getting out there and being involved in the community, being as relentless as you can in identifying bad guys and also not overstepping boundaries — I see the LAPD’s efforts trending in a good way,” Kubrin said. “Other cities have much deeper divides between the police and the community.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

MSN, Dec. 21, 2018
Big scientific discoveries of 2018
Slide 31. Computers crack the code of pop-song success: It helps to be ‘happy’ and ‘female’. … After analyzing the attributes of more than half a million songs released over a period of 30 years, a computer algorithm was able to sort the successful songs from also-rans with an accuracy of up to 86 percent. A team of mathematicians from UC Irvine described how — and why — it accomplished this feat in a study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. “Successful songs are happier, brighter, more party-like, more danceable and less sad than most songs,” the team wrote.

Vice, Jan. 2, 2019
10 Questions for a Woman Who Remembers Every Moment of Her Life
How is HSAM tested or proven? what was the testing process like? It was a very long process. My parents started by contacting the McGaugh/Stark lab at the University of California Irvine. This was the lab where HSAM was first discovered in 2006 and it’s the only place you can be officially diagnosed. The whole process then took several years.

CNN, Jan. 2, 2019
Xi warns Taiwan independence is ‘a dead end’
During his speech, [Jinping] Xi said China had “achieved a great victory in frustrating the Taiwan independence movement and other separatist activities.” Lev Nachman, a Taiwan specialist and PhD student in Political Science at the University of California Irvine, said this appeared to be an oblique acknowledgment of interference in the island’s politics. “I am not sure we are going to get a more clear direct admittance from Xi himself that the (Chinese Communist Party) interferes with Taiwan’s democratic elections,” he said. “This is something we have always known was a phenomenon, but never really had any ‘hard proof’.”

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