Orange County Register, March 17, 2016
How UC Irvine baseball and an ecology professor helped save the ospreys
Last season, the UC Irvine baseball team had an issue that most athletic programs don’t encounter. Birds of prey … occasionally dropped fish they had hunted and pooped on the fans. … And now, thanks to a sharp ecology and evolutionary biology professor and some luck, the ospreys no longer have the highest seats in the ballpark. “The hope is that these birds colonize,” said Peter Bowler, who has worked in the marshland at UCI since the 1970s. He is giddy these days because he’s seen some “mating behavior” from the baseball-loving birds.
The Washington Post, March 17, 2016
Releasing low-level offenders did not unleash a crime wave in California
Charis E. Kubrin and Carroll Seron, professors of criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine, [write]: Recently, we brought together a group of distinguished social scientists to do a systematic, comprehensive assessment of California’s prison downsizing experiment. … Clearly, our most important finding is that realignment has had only a very small effect on crime in California.
The Desert Sun, March 17, 2016
Water crisis calls for immediate action
Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine, [writes]: … Over the past 12 months, my research group has published a series of satellite-based studies that paint a most dire, space-based picture of changing freshwater availability. … There are no ‘solutions’ to the global groundwater crisis. … How, then, do we sustain global groundwater for future generations?
Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2016
A minimum wage hike is the wrong fix
David Neumark, Chancellor’s Professor of economics at UC Irvine, [writes]: Although there’s something enticing, on the surface, about having the state catch up to its most politically progressive cities, the Fair Wage Act is likely to have negative consequences for many working-class Californians.
Orange County Business Journal, March 17, 2016
Another jump for UCI law school
University of California, Irvine School of Law moved up two places to No. 28 on the U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the nation’s graduate school programs for law schools, released earlier this week. … The school made its debut last year at 30th − the highest of any new law school in the history of the report.
Previously “In the News”