UCI News

Popular Science, June 29, 2017
Commercial agriculture is preventing wildfires—and that’s not good news
“We should be concerned about losing a very precious ecosystem,” says coauthor Niels Andela, a research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and the University of California, Irvine. “Fires are really critical to these ecosystems and if we take them away from the landscape, we’ll see big changes in the vegetation types and biodiversity.”

Harvard Business Review, June 29, 2017
Research: When a Retail Store Closes, Crime Increases Around It
Mireille Jacobson, associate professor and the Director of the Center for Health Care Management and Policy at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California Irvine writes: “the closures [of medical marijuana dispensaries] were associated with a significant increase in crime in the blocks immediately surrounding a closed dispensary, compared with the blocks around dispensaries allowed to remain open.”

Inside Higher Ed, June 30, 2017
Scientists Who Have Had Enough
Kevork Abazajian, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine, said jumping into politics comes more naturally to candidates from the legal profession and other fields. Candidates from STEM backgrounds often haven’t been involved in politics since they were in college or don’t find it easy to step away from the lab for a months-long campaign, he said. “It doesn’t make them unqualified to be political candidates or political representatives. They just have to learn how it works because they’re not as involved in it,” said Abazajian, 314’s volunteer state coordinator in California.

National Geographic, June 30, 2017
This shark eats grass, and no one knows why
It’s still possible that the sharks are just incidentally munching on seagrass as they feed on other prey, said Samantha Leigh, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Irvine and a National Geographic explorer. “Even if it is incidental, it is a very large amount of grass, so they have to be able to process that somehow,” said Leigh. Leigh conducted a nutrient content analysis that showed bonnetheads were digesting 56 percent of the organic matter in seagrass, similar to young sea turtles.

The Washington Post, June 29, 2017
House passes bills to crack down on ‘sanctuary cities’ and deported criminals who return to U.S.
“The ultimate experts on community safety are communities themselves, and hundreds of them have determined that as community trust increases, crime decreases,” said Rep. John Conyers Jr. (Mich.), the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. Some highlighted a new study published by a University of California at Irvine criminologist that concluded that immigration levels do not have a meaningful effect on crime. The study, published this month in the Annual Review of Criminology, examined 51 studies published between 1994 and 2014.

Daily Pilot, June 29, 2017
On Theater: UCI’s sixth New Swan Theater festival will feature ‘Tempest’ and ‘Shrew’
When UC Irvine began operations back in 1965, one of the drama department’s visions was an annual outdoor Shakespeare festival … but that dream finally was realized in 2012 with the birth of the New Swan Theater on the UCI campus. Here, students and professional actors work together to create, in the words of its founding director Eli Simon, “dynamic productions in a unique space.”

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