UCI News

San Francisco Chronicle, March 14, 2019
What if top vote-getter became president? Plan would bypass Electoral College
A national effort to bypass the Electoral College and pick the president by popular vote — which may or may not be constitutional — is picking up new support and moving closer to success. … “The first part was easier than the last part is going to be,” said Rick Hasen, an election law professor at UC Irvine. “Support has been divided ideologically, and Democratic states have been the ones willing to sign on. I’m not sure the momentum will continue to get to 270.”

KALW, March 14, 2019 (Audio)
Report offers roadmap for cutting child poverty in half in a decade
A new report from a bipartisan panel offers proposals for cutting child poverty in half over the next decade. Strategies include increasing tax credits, expanding housing vouchers and nutrition assistance, and raising the minimum wage. … Guests: Greg Duncan, chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee On Building And Agenda To Reduce The Number Of Children In Poverty By Half In 10 Years, and a distinguished professor of education at UC Irvine ….

Vox, March 15, 2019
What the college admissions scandal reveals about the psychology of wealth in America
A degree from a selective college is “a marker of status, kind of like a Maserati or living in the right neighborhood,” Paul Piff, a psychology professor at the University of California Irvine who has studied social class, told Vox. “It’s this kind of rat race of constantly trying to preserve and seek out these status symbols that showcase to others that you’re doing well.”

Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2019
Super bloom ‘better than going to Disneyland.’ But will flowers survive the crowds?
November rains gave the blooms a head start, said Jim Dice, a reserve manager for UC Irvine’s Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, March 14, 2019
Perspective helps UC Irvine’s Andee Ritter cherish spot in Big West semifinals
[Andee] Ritter, the 6-foot, four-year starter helped the Anteaters to 18 wins last season as a junior and they take a 20-10 record into Friday’s game. What makes it such a big deal is that Ritter was on the two previous UCI teams that combined for nine wins, when the thought of a semifinal appearance seemed distant. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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