Orange County Register, July 3, 2017
Trump administration cuts could stymie climate change research at UC Irvine
Researchers working on climate-oriented science at UC Irvine are cutting or scaling back their programs in anticipation of budget cuts that reflect the Trump administration’s skeptical views about global warming. … “A lot of faculty are concerned about the future of their program particularly those that work in the field of climate change or climate science,” said Pramod Khargonekar, the vice chancellor for research at UC Irvine, who is also a member of the senior leadership and management team at the National Science Foundation.
TIME, July 1, 2017
Xi Jinping Warns Hong Kong on Separatism as Marchers Call for Greater Autonomy
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, told TIME that such frank statements painted a “worrisome” picture for Hong Kong. “When taken together, the more direct statements, the greater pomp, and the tighter security combined signal a significant ramping up of the intensity and boldness of Beijing’s efforts to rein in [Hong Kong’s] ability to function as a city that is much freer — not just slightly freer — than any mainland metropolis,” he said.
PBS Newshour, June 30, 2017
What does this Trump commission want to do with states’ voter information?
President Trump has authorized a special commission to investigate his unsubstantiated claim that up to 5 million votes were cast illegally in the 2016 election. Vice Chairman Kris Kobach penned a letter to states to send voter data, including addresses and social security information, directly to the White House. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Rick Hasen of the University of California, Irvine.
STAT, July 3, 2017
Turn to evidence-based approaches for spending $800 million to fight opioid addiction
Mireille Jacobson, health economist at the University of California, Irvine, writes: “The bipartisan spending agreement Congress passed earlier this year includes about $800 million to fight opioid addiction and increase access to treatment and recovery services. … How the government decides to spend this money could be a turning point in the opioid epidemic or mark a missed opportunity to address the crisis that’s killing tens of thousands of Americans each year.”
KPCC – The Loh Down on Science, June 30, 2017
Squid, also known as calamari, are geniuses of camouflage. But how do they do it? University of California Irvine scientist Alon Gorodetsky knows. His lab studies materials inspired by the skin cells of squid. Turns out their skin’s reflective quality is due to a structural protein called, fittingly, reflectin.
Previously “In the News”