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Orange County Register, July 26, 2017
More marijuana shops, less crime?
A new study out of UC Irvine backs what we have long assumed: Legal marijuana shops make good neighbors. “Given all the pretty strong rhetoric about dispensaries generating, or at least attracting, crime, it was not the result we expected,” Mireille Jacobson, a health economics professor at UCI who studied the data with colleague Tom Chang, told the Register. “But I feel comfortable saying it’s very unlikely that these places are crime magnets.”

U.S. News & World Report, July 26, 2017
Sessions, in Sanctuary Cities Order, Signals a Retreat on Detainers
“Localities are going to be in a position of choosing between honoring the constitutional rights of their residents or accepting the Byrne money,” says Annie Lai, an assistant clinical professor of law specializing in criminal and immigration law at the UC-Irvine School of Law.

Education Week, July 24, 2017
Home-Visiting Study Explores Long-Term Benefits From Early Intervention
Policymakers’ attention has been focused on expanding preschool and these findings, while focused on interventions earlier in a child’s life, should be seen as complementing those efforts, said [Maria] Rosales-Rueda, an assistant professor of education policy at the University of California-Irvine. “Preschool is super important, school is super important, because children spend a lot of time at school,” she said. “But children spend a lot of time with their families and their parents as well.”

GEN, July 27, 2017
Tumor Tissue Stiffness Exploited for MSC or Potentially CAR T-Cell Therapeutics
The University of California, Irvine team, led by professor Weian Zhao, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, hopes that stiffness-targeting MSCs, and potentially other engineered cell types including CAR T-cells, could be developed to treat or diagnose a wide range of cancers, and possibly other disorders characterized by fibrosis. It’s a unique approach that hasn’t been attempted before, professor Zhao told GEN.

Inside Higher Ed, July 27, 2017
A Message for Taiwan
Speaking to Times Higher Education at the Research Excellence Summit for the Asia Pacific region earlier this month, [Wen-Hwa] Lee, a specialist in the field of tumor biology and a professor at the University of California, Irvine, before leaving the U.S., said that he had “deep concerns” about the research environment in Taiwan, especially when compared with its regional research powerhouse neighbors Singapore and South Korea.

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