UCI News

The New York Times, June 9, 2022
Misdirection, Fake News and Lies: The Best Books to Read on Disinformation
Cheap Speech: How Disinformation Poisons Our Politics — and How to Cure It,’ by Richard L. Hasen. … Hasen, a law [Chancellor’s] professor at University of California, Irvine, posits that the increase in dis- and misinformation is a result of what he calls “cheap speech,” a term coined by Eugene Volokh, a law professor at UCLA. The idea is that social media has created a class of speech that is sensational and inexpensive to produce, with little or no social value. … Hasen puts forth a number of solid recommendations on how to combat disinformation …. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

CNN, June 13, 2022
Harris will gather experts to focus on wider ramifications of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade
Vice President Kamala Harris will convene a roundtable on Tuesday with constitutional law, privacy and technology experts to discuss the legal and everyday implications of the Supreme Court potentially overturning Roe v. Wade. … Harris will meet with law professors Peggy Cooper Davis and Melissa Murray of New York University, Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law and [Chancellor’s Professor] Michele Bratcher Goodwin of the University of California, Irvine, among others.

The Orange County Register, June 13, 2022
During drought conditions, some wonder: Is it wise to open a water park?David Feldman, a professor at UCI who studies water resource management and policy, agreed the optics of soaked water slides against a parched landscape are “definitely not good,” but putting into context the use at a typical water park compared to other recreational activities, [golf], paints perhaps a less dramatic picture. … At the same time, the question of opening a water park “given the fact that we are in a drought and the fact that every gallon of water is precious,” is a valid one, Feldman said, and should be weighed among “other societal issues,” such as the availability of other places for young people to stay occupied …. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

The Guardian, June 11, 2022
California vineyard laborers wanted wildfire safety. Then came a shadowy counter-movement
What’s clear to Michael Méndez, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, is that the county’s existing Ag Pass program is falling far short of verifying that evacuation zones are safe for workers. He and PhD student Carlo Chunga Pizarro reviewed the applications growers submitted for Ag Passes during the 2020 wildfire season. They could identify no clear protocol for approving or denying the passes. “It’s not climate adaptation, it’s maladaptation,” Méndez said of the program.

San Luis Obispo Tribune, June 12, 2022
Got climate anxiety? Expert joins The Tribune to answer questions, offer solutions
Joana Tavares writes, “This summer, I will be exploring climate impacts and solutions with The Tribune as a media fellow from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. … I am currently wrapping up a five-year doctorate program in Earth system science at UC Irvine, and I’m eager to share all that I have learned. … I hope to explore how scientists like me can support communities and individuals and help them transform climate anxiety into science-based, intersectional and effective climate action.”

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