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Time Magazine, May 19, 2016
Read President Obama’s commencement address at University of California, Irvine
UC Irvine set up the first Earth system science department in America. (Applause.) A UC Irvine professor-student team won the Nobel Prize for discovering that CFCs destroy the ozone layer. (Applause.) A UC Irvine glaciologist’s work led to one of last month’s report showing one of the world’s major ice sheets in irreversible retreat. Students and professors are in the field working to predict changing weather patterns, fire seasons, and water tables — working to understand how shifting seasons affect global ecosystems; to get zero-emission vehicles on the road faster; to help coastal communities adapt to rising seas. And when I challenge colleges to reduce their energy use to 20 percent by 2020, UC Irvine went ahead and did it last year. Done. (Applause.) So UC Irvine is ahead of the curve. All of you are ahead of the curve.

Orange Coast Magazine, May 16, 2016
10 remarkable O.C. women
Vicki L. Ruiz, Distinguished Professor of history and chair of Chicano/Latino studies, is listed as a “Distinguished Historian” on Orange Coast Magazine‘s list of “10 Remarkable O.C. Women.”

CBS Los Angeles, May 13, 2016
Defeating stress: Dr. Shaista Malik
UCI Cardiologist Dr. Shaista Malik looks at how stress can affect the human heart.

The New York Times, May 19, 2016
Big picture for Trump vs. Clinton? It’s all in the framing
Michael Tesler, assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, writing in The Washington Post last week, calculated that on average, in states with exit polls in both years, Mrs. Clinton has done about 60 points better among black voters this year.

The New York Times, May 20, 2016
LA-area light rail now reaches from distant suburbs to sea
A study of the first leg of the Expo Line by professors at USC and the University of California, Irvine showed that it brought a significant drop in driving and bump in physical activity, but only for those who live within a half-mile of a station. While that’s plenty of people in heavily populated LA, it’s still a very small segment of the area the trains are intended to serve.

TakePart, May 19, 2016
One of Antarctica’s biggest glaciers is eroding faster than thought
Eric Rignot of the University of California, Irvine, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who was part of last October’s study but not affiliated with the new research, said Aitken’s research adds to the understanding of sea-level rise and not in a good way. … Rignot led a study in 2014 that found that melting in East Antarctica could contribute to global sea-level rise by four feet. That now appears to be just one part of the bigger picture.

Fortune, May 19, 2016
How a little lipstick could add thousands to your paycheck
Two sociologists, Jaclyn Wong of the University of Chicago and Andrew Penner of the University of California at Irvine, looked at how physical attractiveness relates to income. Rather than just examine how beautiful people’s earnings compared to those of average-looking people, the researchers also factored in “grooming” − or how well put-together an individual appeared.

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