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Orange County Register, June 29, 2017
A new adventure and a heavy heart
Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean and Distinguished Professor of law at UC Irvine, writes: “Early on Saturday morning, my wife and I will load up our cars and drive from Irvine to begin our new positions, which officially start on that day, at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. … Many have asked me why I would leave UCI Law School, having devoted a decade of my life to helping to create it since my appointment as the founding dean in September 2007. From the outset, my expectation was that I would spend 10 years as dean. I already had decided and repeatedly said that next year was to be my last in the role. It is time for the Law School to go through a careful re-examination and I am not the one to lead that process; I am too invested in and identified with what we have done.”

PBS So Cal – Tavis Smiley, June 28, 2017
Higher Education with John B. King, Jr., Michele Siqueiros and Douglas Haynes
Tavis talks with John B. King, Jr., Michele Siqueiros, and Douglas Haynes about higher education as a path to economic opportunity and social mobility …. Douglas Haynes is Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UC Irvine, which the New York Times named the nation’s “Top College Doing the Most for the American Dream.” Haynes directs the UC Irvine ADVANCE program, which builds the campus commitment to equity and diversity among faculty and graduate students.

Univision, June 28, 2017
New study dismantles the myth that immigration fuels crime
Charis E. Kubrin of the University of California, Irvine told Univision News that they found that more immigration usually means less crime. Only a very small number of studies found that immigration was more criminal. “As far as I’m concerned the case is closed on the issue of whether immigration is causing more crime,” Kubrin said. “The criminologists are turning the page but the rest of the country is still asking the damn question.”

Daily Mail, June 27, 2017
Lightning is sparking more wildfires in the north as climate change causes more frequent storms, study warns
In the new study, researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of California, Irvine investigated the driving forces behind massive fires in the north using data from NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites, and ground-based lightning networks. … ‘In these high-latitude ecosystems, permafrost soils store large amounts of carbon that become vulnerable after fires pass through,’ said co-author James Randerson of the University of California, Irvine.

Forbes, June 29, 2017
Alan Alda Explains The ‘Ice-Water Experiment’ And How Messages Stick
Alda’s quest to understand how we can relate to one another led him to UC Irvine professor James McGaugh, a prominent neurobiologist in the field of learning and memory. McGaugh told Alda that events tend to be remembered when they’re associated with a strong emotion. “Whether it’s highly joyful or frightening, the memories stick because they arouse our emotions,” says McGaugh.

Previously “In the News”