The Sacramento Bee, March 5, 2017
Oroville Dam’s close call shows regulatory need to account for climate change
Nicola Ulibarri, an assistant professor of environmental planning and policy at the University of California, Irvine, [writes]: “After the near-catastrophe at Oroville Dam, it’s time to strengthen the regulatory process to ensure safer operation of dams. … Without fortifying the regulatory process, our country’s numerous dams are at risk of failure. We passed one close call, but others are coming.”
The Huffington Post, March 3, 2017
9 of the most powerful quotes from Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s public lecture
Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, considered the founding father of decolonialisation discourse, delivered a lecture titled “Secure the Base, Decolonise the Mind” at Wits University on Thursday evening. … Wa Thiong’o, who coined the term “decolonising the mind” following his 1986 book Decolonising the Mind: the Politics of Language in African Literature, holds the title of Distinguished Professor of the Departments of Comparative Literature and English at the University of California, Irvine.
WalletHub, March 2, 2017
2017’s best & worst cities at money management
Even with all the resources available today, many Americans still manage their money poorly. … Bill Maurer, dean of School of Social Sciences, [says]: “It should be taught even earlier than high school, with lessons pegged to learning objectives in other subject areas (math, reading comprehension, science).”
CBC News, March 6, 2017
Is California’s drought over? Depends how deep you dig
David Feldman, who teaches water resource management at UC Irvine, agrees. “According to the U.S. Geological Survey, if groundwater pumping were to cease altogether in the San Joaquin portion of the Central Valley, it could take decades to fully replenish,” he says.
New America, March 1, 2017
Same topic, different tongue: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences report on language learning
One of the panel members, University of California, Irvine Professor Rubén Rumbaut, offered the core of the commission’s framing, “Ironically, despite the diversity of American languages, United States has acquired the dubious designation of being a language graveyard…we have immigrants and children of immigrants not passing on their language skills.”
Previously “In the News”