UCI News

TIME, Jan. 28, 2016
All the ways humans try to kill mosquitos − and why we’re still losing
New gene-editing methods already tested in labs can eliminate mosquitoes’ ability to spread disease, while others can keep the insects from reproducing. “We can build these things. It’s a question of what we want to do,” says Anthony James, a professor of microbiology and genetics at the University of California, Irvine. “We’re in a new era because we have these new tools.”

Ars Technica, Jan. 28, 2016
The first pieces of useful smart clothing will tackle body temperature
A team from the University of California, Irvine headed by Alon Gorodetsky is trying to control radiative heat similarly to how cephalopods such as squid change colors by reflecting visible wavelengths of light. While the group won’t give any specifics of its technique, it is developing a similar process for longer wavelengths that carry heat. The team has partnered with Under Armour on this project ….

The Washington Post, Jan. 27, 2016
A newly released poll shows the populist power of Donald Trump
Michael Tesler, assistant professor of political science at UC Irvine [writes]: Commentators have argued for months that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has the potential to unite white Americans’ ethnic and economic anxieties into a powerful populist coalition. … New data show just how successful Trump has been.

The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 27, 2016
Notable & quotable: Campus censorship
From remarks by Brendan O’Neill, editor of the online magazine Spiked, at the “What Cannot Be Said” conference at the University of California, Irvine, Jan. 23: The Safe Space is a terrible trap. It grants you temporary relief from ideas you don’t like, but at the expense of your individuality, your soul even. If you try to silence unpopular ideas, you do an injustice both to those who hold those unpopular views, and also to yourself ….

Southern California Public Radio, Jan. 28, 2016
Orange County jail escape: 5 arrests made as deputies hunt inmates
Prison expert Keramet Reiter, a criminology professor at the University of California, Irvine, said properly working cameras assist in monitoring inmates and jail deputies. “There’s good research that having video cameras allows you to identify when bad things happen, can deter bad behavior, and generally raises the legality of an institution,” she said. That said, Reiter said that in the case of an escape, the cameras would have to be monitored in real time to do any good ….

Radio Boston, Jan. 27, 2016
Is it possible to get big money out of politics?
Six years ago this month, the Supreme Court ruled on Citizens United v. FEC, which, according to critics, uncorked a flood of campaign cash. … Guest: Richard Hasen, [Chancellor’s] Professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine.

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