UCI News

Atlas Obscura, March 1, 2017
The WWII plan to mess with the Japanese by dyeing Mt. Fuji
As Dr. David Fedman, an expert on late-WWII bombing campaigns against Japan at UC Irvine notes, Mt. Fuji was “cast [by the Japanese] as an alpine feature that bound the swelling imperial sphere together … the sacred epicenter of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.”

The Conversation, March 2, 2017
What would Mark Twain think of Donald Trump?
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, professor of Chinese and world history, University of California, Irvine, [writes]: “Thanks to the criticisms they’ve leveled in articles, interviews, tweets and letters to the editor, we know that many contemporary authors, from Philip Roth to J.K. Rowling, have a dim view of Donald J. Trump. But what would leading writers of the past have made of him?”

BuzzFeed, March 2, 2017
Antarctic sea ice has hit its all-time low
“Unlike the Arctic, most sea ice around Antarctica is first-year ice,” Zachary Labe, a Ph.D. student in climate science at the University of California, Irvine, “meaning most of it melts during the warm season and then reforms during the cold/freeze season.”

Huffington Post, March 3, 2017
Climate change is turning minor floods into a major problem
Just because these storms tend to fly under the radar both in media and research circles doesn’t mean they should be taken any less seriously, according to study co-author Amir AghaKouchak, a civil and environmental engineering professor at University of California, Irvine. “Non-extreme weather events don’t get a lot of attention, but we spend a lot of money on them,” AghaKouchak told The Huffington Post. “The cumulative costs are significant and we need to start monitoring them and collecting data to understand them better.”

The Desert Sun, Feb. 27, 2017
Public should demand Salton Sea action at state level
Timothy Bradley, director of the University of California, Irvine, Salton Sea Initiative and Kerry Morrison, executive director of EcoMedia Compass [write]: “The State of California is not living up to its responsibility to protect the health and well-being of the residents of the Coachella and Imperial valleys. … Due to a water transfer referred to as the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA), significant inflows of water currently flowing into the Salton Sea will be diverted, beginning January 2018, to urban water districts. As a result, the Salton Sea will shrink rapidly, revealing vast acres of dried beaches (termed playas) that are the source of toxic dust.”

KTLA 5, March 2, 2017
Age discrimination prominent in companies’ hiring practices, worse for women new study finds
A new study led in part by UC Irvine researcher David Neumark found young people were more likely than other groups to get called back about job resumes while older women fared the worst.

Previously “In the News”