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The Washington Post, June 17, 2016
One way to tackle our huge plastic pollution problem: Turn it into fuel
“As a chemist, we understand these polymers are extremely inert − they’re very stable − and if you don’t do anything, they can persist in the water or soil for hundreds or even thousands of years without breaking down,” said Zhibin Guan, a chemistry professor at the University of California, Irvine and one of the study’s senior authors. “We thought we should work on something to address this issue.”

U.S. News & World Report, June 17, 2016
Photos: National Maker Faire takes Washington
Slapband is a wearable wristband that provides monitoring of your vitals associated with blood pressure. It uses sensors made in a biomedical engineering lab at University of California, Irvine, and will be on display at the National Maker Faire.

NBC News, June 19, 2016
Orlando highlights Islam’s complicated relationship with homosexuality
“There is sexual diversity in Islam,” said Ali A. Olomi, an Afghan-American activist and historian who teaches at the University of California, Irvine. “Of course there is homosexuality, gay people have existed and even been represented in Islam throughout history.”

The Conversation, June 20, 2016
Cultural appropriation: when ‘borrowing’ becomes exploitation
Olufunmilayo Arewa
, professor of law at University of California, Irvine, [writes]: The idea of “cultural appropriation” has recently entered mainstream debates about the ways in which African cultural creations are used, borrowed and imitated by others. In fashion, art, music and beyond, some people now argue that certain African cultural symbols and products are off-limits to non-Africans.

The Daily Dot, June 19, 2016
$400 million Ticketmaster lawsuit culminates in discounts, free tickets for 50 million customers
They’re also legally obligated to donate $3 million to the University of California, Irvine School of Law, which will help the college establish a consumer law clinic.

Previously “In the News”