UCI News

Law.com, Mar. 3, 2020
West Coast Law School Comes to New York
It caught my eye last week when the University of California, Irvine School of Law unveiled its new “UCI Law in NYC” program. Irvine says it’s the first West Coast law school to offer a “robust” program in the Big Apple. … The new program is being headed up by professor Joshua Blank, who is also the school’s director of strategic initiatives. Here’s Blank: “UCI Law in NYC highlights the presence of our faculty and students in the country’s largest legal market and financial center. This program will enhance our students’ educational experience and provide them with a wealth of contacts in New York.”

Orange County Register, Mar. 3, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: How bad is the coronavirus?
Saahir Khan, MD, PhD, UCI Assistant Clinical Professor of Infectious Diseases, conducts research on respiratory viruses and writes, “So what should we do?  Wash our hands.  Cover our mouths if we’re coughing or sneezing.  Wipe down surfaces.  Don’t go to work or go out in public if we’re sick.  Call the doctor if the fever doesn’t go away or for difficulty breathing or feeling faint. We should not panic.”  [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Daily Beast, Mar. 3, 2020
Sick: Trolls Exploit Coronavirus Fears for Election Fun
“While some people might find it humorous to suggest that old people stay home, that kind of talk has the potential to actually dissuade people from voting. Even people who are just joking around need to be thoughtful about the messages that they send, especially at a time of great uncertainty as we are right now in connection with the coronavirus,” Richard L. Hasen, an election law scholar at UC Irvine, told The Daily Beast. “I would like to see Twitter and Facebook doing more to amplify messages from official sources of election administration and doing more to remove or otherwise counter disinformation.”

The New York Times Magazine, Mar. 4, 2020
The Great Wall Street Housing Grab
Edward Coulson, director of the Center for Real Estate at the University of California, Irvine, found that if single-family-rental ownership in a neighborhood went up by 10 percent, property values went down by 4 to 7 percent. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Hakai Magazine, Mar. 4, 2020
Plastic Pollution May Be Spreading Antibiotic Resistance
Adam Martiny, an environmental microbiologist at the University of California, Irvine, who was not involved in the study, says bacteria will readily grow on any surface in the ocean. So by filling the ocean with plastics, we’re creating lots of new habitats. … Martiny says it’s unlikely that terrestrial bacteria can survive for long at sea, but because bacteria have the ability to swap DNA with each other, genes for antibiotic resistance can be passed to other bacteria.

Previously “In the News”