UCI News

The New York Times, March 7, 2018
Sessions Targets California Immigrants Using a Ruling That Protected Them
Jennifer Chacon, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, said the state laws had been carefully written to avoid direct conflicts with federal immigration laws. “I think it is clear that California deliberately tried to draft laws that involved core exercises of state police power in a way that did not run afoul of federal law,” she said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Wall Street Journal, March 7, 2018
CIOs Fear ‘Skills Gap’ With New Digital Tools
That’s especially worrisome, given that companies that fall behind competitors in AI, big data and machine learning will find it increasingly hard to catch up later, said Vijay Gurbaxani, professor of business and computer science and the director of the Center of Digital Transformation at the University of California, Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

UPI, March 7, 2018
Brain imaging shows memory loss differs by age
Using magnetic resonance imaging, researchers at the University of California, Irvine, found patterns in memory loss during two tests of memory, an object memory task and a location one. “Some of the images were identical to ones they’d seen before, some were brand-new and others were similar to ones they’d seen earlier — we may have changed the color or the size,” said Michael Yassa, director of UCI’s Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory and the study’s senior author.

Orange County Register, March 7, 2018
Is Proposition 47 responsible for crime increases in California?
“What the measure did do was cause less harm and suffering to those charged with crime,” said Charis Kubrin, a professor at UCI who conducted the research along with doctoral student Bradley Bartos. “Of course, we want to keep our streets safe, but we also want to be as humane as possible along the way.”

Ars Technica, March 8, 2018
Yelling at “scumbags”—inside the White House’s last gaming violence summit
Constance Steinkuehler, now professor of informatics at University of California, Irvine, remembers the strain Biden was under leading up to the January 2013 game industry meeting. “By the time I got to [Biden], he had just met with families [of the victims], he was upset, and he was angry,” Steinkuehler told Ars. “[He] was angry and not so keen on the industry at all, I’ve got to be honest.”

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