UCI News

The New York Times Magazine, Jan. 8, 2020
The Gene Drive Dilemma: We Can Alter Entire Species, But Should We?
Like most of the researchers I spoke with, [UCI Professor Anthony] James regards the uncertainties around gene drives more as questions to be answered than as perilous or unknowable unknowns. “When I’ve talked with people about these things, they usually say, ‘But you don’t know what’s going to happen!’ ” James told me. “But that’s why you do experiments. That’s why you do them for years.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Washington Post, Jan. 7, 2020
Iranians celebrate their favorite cultural sites after Trump threatened to target them
Matthew Canepa, a professor of art history and ancient Iranian archaeology at the University of California at Irvine, said …. that although Iran has “always had a sort of strange relationship with its past,” in recent years, there’s been “even more of an appreciation and use of cultural sites. Persepolis is a big tourist draw. … “It’s just tragic to think that something like that which has endured since 515 B.C. could be targeted.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Education Week, Jan. 8, 2020
The 2020 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings
Today, we unveil the 2020 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, ranking the university-based scholars in the U.S. who did the most last year to shape educational practice and policy. … 41. Greg J. Duncan, UC Irvine ….

American Banker, Jan. 7, 2020
Can regulators catch up to tech changes?
“I don’t think you need to throw the baby out with the bath water — to start from scratch to get a new regulatory system,” said Mehrsa Baradaran, a banking law professor at the University of California, Irvine. For example, Baradaran said, if a fintech-related product is widely seen to be discriminating against certain consumers, the CFPB would already have the legal mandate to address that.

Orange Coast Magazine, Jan. 2020 (Interview – Subscription)
Making Art her Life
After serving as director of education at the Guggenheim Museum, Kim Kanatani is undertaking her most ambitious project yet: the new Institute and Museum of California Art on UC Irvine’s campus. … As director of IMCA, Kanatani will oversee two of the largest collections of California art in the world: nearly 4,500 pieces donated by the Irvine Museum and the Gerald Buck estate. “These two landmark gifts have already immediately made UCI a global magnet for the exhibition and the study of California art.” [Subscription required, you can request a copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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