UCI News

PBS Newshour, June 1, 2022 (Video)
Republican plans to use political operatives as poll workers alarm voting rights activists
The lie that former President Trump won the 2020 election has played out again and again in Republican primaries for statewide office. Now, reporting by POLITICO details GOP efforts on the local level to challenge and potentially overturn elections. Rick Hasen, a law [Chancellor’s] Professor at the University of California, Irvine and the author of “Cheap Speech” joins William Brangham to discuss.

The Orange County Register, June 2, 2022
Outdoor stage built at UCI for return of Shakespeare Festival
Ending a pandemic hiatus, the New Swan Shakespeare Festival broke out forklifts to re-assemble its self-designed, unique multi-level theater structure, home of the company’s annual performances of the Bard under the stars. … New Swan’s 10th anniversary season starts the second week of July and runs into the Labor Day weekend. The two stagings from the repertory company are the intentionally misspelled “The Comedy of Errrorrs” and the rarely performed “Pericles Prince of Tyre.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

CalMatters, June 2, 2022
Inmate shuffle: How California bounces around its mentally ill prisoners
“The idea is, ‘How soon can we stabilize them and get them out?’” said Keramet Reiter, a criminology professor at the University of California, Irvine. When inmates repeatedly get into mental health crises and act out or hurt themselves, correctional officers and even prison clinicians often view those actions as manipulative, Reiter and others said. These inmates can then be deemed more dangerous and moved to higher security facilities where people with mental illness are even more vulnerable.

The Globe and Mail, June 2, 2022
Finding in study that drivers more likely to crash EVs than gas combustion or hybrid vehicles raises a lot of questions
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine discovered autonomous vehicles can be “tricked into an abrupt halt or other undesired driving behaviour by the placement of an ordinary object on the side of the road.” According to UCI [assistant] professor Qi Alfred Chen, who co-authored a paper on the findings, autonomous vehicles can’t differentiate between objects which are on the road by accident and those left “intentionally as part of a physical denial-of-service attack.” Said Chen, “A box, bicycle or traffic cone may be all that is necessary to scare a driverless vehicle into coming to a dangerous stop in the middle of the street or on a freeway off-ramp, creating a hazard for other motorists and pedestrians.”

Los Angeles Times, June 1, 2022
The newest, coolest L.A. and O.C. museum shows to see in June
‘Variations of Place: Southern California Impressionism in the Early 20th Century’. On view June 11 through Sept. UC Irvine Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art (interim location), 18881 Von Karman Ave., Irvine. Closed Sunday-Monday. Free. imca.uci.edu [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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