UCI News

The Washington Post, March 2, 2016
How political science helps explain the rise of Trump: Most voters aren’t ideologues
Michael Tesler, assistant professor of political science at UC Irvine [writes]: Donald Trump’s success in the Republican presidential primaries – especially after last night’s s Super Tuesday contests – has flummoxed many political observers, including many (though not all) political scientists.

Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2016
California high court opens door to wrongful foreclosure suits
“They opened the courthouse doors,” said Katherine Porter, a law professor at UC Irvine and a former monitor for a national settlement over foreclosure abuses.

The Nation, March 1, 2016
Some good news in the Fight for 15
According to University of California, Irvine law professor Catherine Fisk, who has been tracking the Fight for 15 movement: “The case is important in that it rejects the employer’s argument that the one day strike is unprotected under the NLRA. The NLRA specifically protects the right to strike, and specifies no limit on when or for how long employees can strike.”

Science, March 2, 2016
Gene sequencing technology sparks a patent fight shrouded in mystery
Dan Burk, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine [said] Illumina’s chance of winning the case might come down to a “very messy” aspect of patent law called the doctrine of equivalents, …. The doctrine holds that a party can be liable for infringement even if their product doesn’t literally match what’s described in a patent, provided their product performs the same function, in the same way, to achieve the same result as the patented invention.

MIT Technology Review, Feb. 29, 2016
America’s methane crisis just got worse
In a separate study published last week, a team of researchers from the University of California, Irvine, studied methane leaks in the Los Angeles Basin using a mobile lab equipped with sensors designed to measure methane, ethane, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. They found 213 hot spots across the region.

Her Campus, March 2, 2016
Care-a-thon 2016
On Feb. 25, Student Alumni Association (SAA) brought the moves to UCI with its annual Care-a-thon. Each year, SAA puts together its philanthropy event: a dance-themed marathon. … SAA is a group of roughly 70 UCI undergrads that get grouped with a mentor – a UCI alum. The club is great for networking, as you meet alumni who have taken flight with their careers after graduating from UCI.