UCI News

The New York Times, July 23, 2018
When We Eat, or Don’t Eat, May Be Critical for Health
Eating at the wrong time of day places similar strain on the organs involved in digestion, forcing them to work when they are programmed to be dormant, which can increase the risk of disease, said Paolo Sassone-Corsi, director of the Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism at the University of California, Irvine. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The New York Times, July 23, 2018
How to Tell Where Brett Kavanaugh Stands on Citizens United
Judge Kavanaugh’s most interesting campaign finance decision, Bluman v. Federal Election Commission, in 2011, appears to cut in the opposite direction, at least at first blush. … Two things are notable about the decision, Richard L. Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, has written. The first is that it is difficult to reconcile with Citizens United. The second is that it was quite limited, leaving plenty of opportunities for foreign influence on American elections. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 23, 2018
Rap Is Art. So Why Do Some Academics Still Feel as if They Have to Defend It?
Charis E. Kubrin, a criminology professor and hip-hop scholar at the University of California at Irvine, remembers when her mentors dissuaded her from studying rap lyrics for her dissertation. … Today, Kubrin regularly testifies as an expert witness in court cases that involve rap lyrics as evidence. … But Kubrin says she still hears some snickers about her research in some circles of higher education.

Camino Real, July 23, 2018
Privileged subject/observer of Cuban-American relations and migration dynamics: a conversation with Rubén G. Rumbaut [PDF]
[UCI] Professor Rubén G. Rumbaut who, born in Havana, has been one of the most prominent scholars in the field of Migration and Refugee Studies in the U.S. over the past three decades. … His own life-history … must have been an invaluable asset in terms of making him especially sensitive to all those innumerable factors that have a bearing on the trajectory followed by migrants, exiles, asylum seekers, etc. from the moment they plan to leave their country of origin to that in which they begin to develop a sense of belonging in the destination country.

Bustle, July 24, 2018
Why The Best Video Games Are The Ones That Make Men Cry
While Gone Home isn’t a new game (it debuted in 2013), it has set a new standard for role playing video games where the player embodies someone going through a realistic life experience. ….”You can still make choices you feel good about or feel bad about. There’s almost a moral component,” says Bonnie Ruberg, professor of informatics at University of California, Irvine and a scholar of queer video games.

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