UCI News

The Atlantic, May 17, 2019
A Nazi Controversy Deep in the Solar System
A name, in particular, is a powerful thing. “The act of naming determines its social life, how everyone else will know it,” says Valerie Olson, an anthropologist at the University of California at Irvine who studies science experts, political leaders, and others who shape different environments. “Only certain people have the power to designate space place names, and each object’s name connects it to some kind of history or place.”

The Washington Post, May 16, 2019 (Opinion)
The Supreme Court now has cover to cut back on reproductive rights without having to overturn ‘Roe’
Leah Litman, assistant professor at  the University of California, Irvine School of Law writes, “Roe v. Wade may still be the law of the land, but states such as Georgia and Alabama are moving aggressively to change that. The draconian bills both states recently passed reveal the legal strategy at work here: Even if the court of appeals and Supreme Court do not let these highly restrictive laws stand, the states are giving the court cover to dramatically cut back on reproductive rights without having to explicitly overturn Roe. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2019
An Epic Update on Collegiate Esports
Across the pond at the University of California, Irvine, esports have been a “thing” for quite some time. Beginning in 2015, UCI was “the first public university to create an official esports program.” Their esports arena is fully decked out with “3,500 sq. ft. space with 72 top-of-the-line iBUYPOWER computers, Logitech gaming gear, and Vertagear chairs.” … According to the UCI Division of Continuing Education: “Traditional athletic apparel companies … are expected to compete for team jersey rights in the coming years and major telecom companies are acquiring gamer centric programming providers.

OC Weekly, May 17, 2019
UCI Prof: Climate Change Bringing Valley Fever to OC
It seems that we live in a time of unending bad news on jobs … and the environment. The latter especially seems awful because of its dramatic implications for life on Earth. We caught a glimpse of just how dramatic on Wednesday, May 15, when UC Irvine Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Professor Kathleen Treseder presented “Catching Your Breath: How Climate Change Can Alter the Microbiome You Inhale” as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series at the university’s School of Biological Sciences.

Boston Herald, May 16, 2019
Celtics options with help of salary cap guru Larry Coon
We armchair general managers used to love to play let’s make a deal before salary caps entered sports. Then it became impossible. Then a computer scientist in Irvine, Calif., started a website that made it a little easier to play the game again. … [Larry] Coon, 56, wrote a blog for the New York Times for a year, worked for ESPN, and was a paid consultant for NBA clubs, all the while maintaining his day job in IT at the University of California Irvine.

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