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Los Angeles Times, June 28, 2018
Acclaimed UC Irvine geneticist resigns after committing sexual harassment
Acclaimed UC Irvine geneticist Francisco J. Ayala has resigned after a university investigation found he sexually harassed four faculty members and graduate students, the university announced Thursday. … “I thank and commend our colleagues who reported this misconduct,” Chancellor Howard Gillman said in a statement. “Coming forward with this information was extremely courageous. Professor Ayala’s behavior defied our core beliefs and was inconsistent with our policies, guidelines and required training.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, June 28, 2018
Graduation is a first for Vietnamese family after so much tragedy
Her parents put their arms around her, posing for pictures on graduation day at the University of California, Irvine. She wore the traditional black robe and square, tasseled cap. The strands of blue and gold cords dangling from her neck signified that she was graduating summa cum laude. She had never received a grade lower than an A with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. And yet that graduation in June was just a small part of the story of Skyler Phamle, 25. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Inside Climate News, June 28, 2018
These Are the Toughest Emissions to Cut, and a Big Chunk of the Climate Problem
“If we want to get to a net zero energy system this century, we really need to be scaling up alternatives now,” said Steven J. Davis, an earth systems scientist at the University of California, Davis and the study’s lead author. The paper focused on three sectors—long-haul shipping and transportation, cement and steel production, and power generation facilities that are turned on only when needed—that won’t be addressed by most current efforts to cut emissions. Each faces its own set of challenges.

AP, June 29, 2018
New activists, moms rally to keep migrant families together
That passion is heartening for the broader anti-Trump coalition, which hopes the weekend marches will attract people who have otherwise been on the sidelines, said David S. Meyer, a political science professor at the University of California, Irvine, who has authored books on U.S. political protest. “There are people who have all kinds of other grievances or gripes with the Trump administration and they’re quite happy to use this one as the most productive and salient for the moment,” he said.

The Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2018
Strange Stories of Extraordinary Brains—and What We Can Learn From Them
Bob, a TV producer from Los Angeles, remembers every day of his life as if it happened yesterday. … The condition was discovered by James McGaugh at the University of California, Irvine, in 2001 …. In 2006, he published a paper naming the condition Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM). [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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