UCI News

The Washington Post, June 25, 2018
The Supreme Court shows it is in no rush to decide controversial cases
The controversy surrounding the North Carolina map makes it likely that “the case could be back before the Supreme Court for the next term (even if that next term does not include Justice Kennedy),” Richard Hasen, a voting law expert at the University of California at Irvine, wrote on his blog. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

SF Gate, June 25, 2018
San Francisco restaurants can’t afford waiters. So they’re putting diners to work.
To economists, it makes sense. David Neumark, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, who has studied the minimum wage, recalled a trip to Norway where nearly every restaurant he and his wife visited relied on counter service. Neumark said, “It was so clear there.” Norway has among the highest median wages in the world. … “Economic history is filled with ways that we have figured out how to do things with fewer workers, and ultimately that’s what makes us richer,” he said.

Lab Manager Magazine, June 25, 2018
Grand Opening for UC Irvine Materials Research Institute and JEOL Center for NanoScale Solutions
During the opening ceremonies, Professor [Xioaqing] Pan said, “Our mission is to build UCI into a world-renowned institution in materials research. We aim to provide an innovative environment for future talent by offering state-of-the-art tools for solving today’s challenges. Furthermore, as an interdisciplinary institute, IMRI provides a perfect platform for the collaboration of researchers in different fields. It will not only lead to the discovery of chemical bonds between elements, it will also create bonds between people.”

The Weather Channel, June 21, 2018
New Zealand’s ‘Winters’ Could Tell Us Whether the Southwest’s Next Winter Will Be Wet or Dry, New Study Says
“The interhemispheric teleconnection that we have discovered promises earlier and more accurate prediction of winter precipitation in California and the southwestern U.S.,” Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, University of California, Irvine Distinguished Professor of civil and environmental engineering and co-author of the study, said in a release. … “Knowing how much rain to expect in the coming winter is crucial for the economy, water security and ecosystem management of the region,” Foufoula-Georgiou said in the release.

Physics World, June 26, 2018
Physicists target the dark photon
Physicists in Italy are about to start up a new experiment designed to hunt for hypothetical particles such as the “dark photon” and carriers of a possible fifth force of nature. … Jonathan Feng and colleagues at the University of California Irvine then calculated that the particle could be a new type of force-carrying boson.

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