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U.S. News & World Report, March 21, 2017
What Would MLK Do if He Were Alive Today?
March 21 marks the anniversary of the third protest march from Selma led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that culminated on the steps of the Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, demanding voting rights for African-Americans. As doctoral candidate at University of California, Irvine, Mary Schmitt explains, Selma was “a moment in civil rights history that played a crucial role in the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.”

New York Daily News, March 21, 2017
Neil Gorsuch’s originalism problem
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Irvine School of Law [writes]: “The Constitution is and always has been regarded as a living document. Indeed, if a majority of the Court were to adopt Gorsuch’s originalist philosophy, there would be a radical change in constitutional law. No longer would the Bill of Rights apply to state and local governments. No longer would there be protection of rights not mentioned in the text of the Constitution, such as the right to travel, freedom of association, and the right to privacy.”

Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2017
Man wounded in 5th Huntington Beach police shooting this year
Peter Hanink, a Ph.D. candidate at UC Irvine who is studying the use of deadly force by police departments, said five officer-involved shootings in less than three months in a city the size of Huntington Beach is noteworthy. … “That’s significantly more than you would expect given the population and given the general demographics of Huntington Beach,” he said. “It’s not an environment with terribly high crime rates.”

Medscape, March 22, 2017
Long-term Use of ADHD Meds: No Benefit, Impact on Growth
These findings suggest that “childhood-onset ADHD is a chronic disorder with persistence of symptoms into adulthood…and extended use of stimulant medication from childhood through adolescence is associated with suppression of adult height but is not associated with reduced symptom severity,” the authors, led by James M. Swanson, PhD, director of the Child Development Center and professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, write.  The study was published online March 10 in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

SCIENCELINE, March 22, 2017
De-extinction debunked: what we didn’t learn from Jurassic Park
The place of de-extinct animals in the landscape of conservation law is under-theorized, says Alejandro Camacho, an environmental lawyer at University of California, Irvine School of Law. “People from the law side are looking at whether or not we can legally do the biotechnology,” he says, “and aren’t paying attention at all to how conservation law might affect it.”

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