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The New York Times, June 26, 2018
Unchecked Power Is Still Dangerous No Matter What the Court Says
Leah Litman, assistant professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, writes, “The last 18-plus months have underscored why legal doctrines that free the political branches of constitutional constraints in immigration are no longer defensible. At best, unconstrained power risks abuses; at worst, it leads to open and unapologetic abuses. Every day the Trump administration provides us a case study in how unchecked power over immigration risks humanitarian crises and moral wrongs.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Philly.com, June 27, 2018
Kindergarten coders: When is too early to put kids in front of screens?
Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine who has researched educational software, noted that the American Academy of Pediatrics has loosened its screen time guidelines for children, emphasizing instead high-quality programming and parental involvement. “If your kid is doing something valuable and creative at school and happens to use devices, I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with it,” Ito said.

Newsweek, June 27, 2018
Men Aren’t Smarter Than Women Because They Have Identical Brain Structure, Neuroscientist Claims
Larry Cahill, a neurobiology and behavior professor at the University of California, Irvine, said certain regions of the brain differ in size and, as a result, behavior. A woman’s hippocampus, the region of the brain responsible for learning and memory, is larger than a man’s, but a man has a larger amygdala, where emotion is processed. According to Cahill, it’s “known” women have stronger, richer emotional memories than men.

Slate, June 25, 2018
Suppression of Minority Voting Rights Is About to Get Way Worse
Richard L. Hasen, professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, writes, “On Monday, five years to the day that the Supreme Court decided Shelby County v. Holder, a case in which the court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act with assurances that other parts of the act would still protect minority voters, the court proved those assurances false in Abbott v. Perez.”

Nature, June 27, 2018
Big data goes green
Charles Zender, an Earth scientist and computer scientist at the University of California, Irvine, who helped write data interoperability recommendations for NASA in 2016, says: “We were researchers in the field, so we attacked the issues that were most annoying to us.”

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