UCI News

BBC, July 11, 2018
China ‘Shocked’ By US Trade Actions
President Trump has reiterated his call for NATO members to increase their defense spending to an agreed 2% of economic activity. Dr Heidi Hardt is assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, and explains how much the argument is dominating the ongoing NATO summit in Brussels. [Starts at 14:26]

Time, July 12, 2018
How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America
Leah Litman, an assistant professor of constitutional law at the University of California, Irvine, says Kavanaugh’s decision in the Texas case portends “a jurisprudence that will whittle away at access to abortion for women.”

Outside, July 11, 2018
This Patch of Water Can Predict Southwest Drought
When the study’s lead author, Antonios Mamalakis, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine, looked at data collected for the past 40 years, he found the [New Zealand Index] to be about 85 percent consistent in predicting precipitation. “This is the most important practical finding of our work,” Mamalakis says.

Los Angeles Times, July 12, 2018
Is the effort to break up California even legal? We better find out before it goes to voters
Also ran in The San Diego Union Tribune.
In an op-ed in The Times, UC Irvine law professor Richard L. Hasen explained that the California Supreme Court has long held that citizen initiatives may not change the state Constitution in ways that substantially alter the structure of state government. Demolishing the state government would be considered a substantial alteration by any reasonable standard. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

DZone, July 12, 2018
5 Myths of Digital Transformation Debunked
The transformation journey starts with upgrading your business strategy for the digital economy. … “I like to think of it in terms of dimensions,” says Vijay Gurbaxani in a recent blog interview on Appian.com. Gurbaxani is Founding Director of the Center for Digital Transformation, at the University of California, Irvine.

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