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Orange County Register, May 20, 2018
New Cal State Dominguez Hills president stands on legacy of fairness, faith, equality
In a Sunday church sermon and with characteristic boldness, the current vice chancellor of UCI and future president of Cal State Dominguez Hills made his ambition clear. Thomas Parham, who will take the reins of CSUDH next month, vowed to transform the university into “a destination campus, not a default campus.” … “Dr. Parham has been a fierce advocate for our students, working tirelessly to make their experience on campus a compelling part of their education,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman. “I shall miss his wise counsel, steady hand, and good humor.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

BBC World Service, May 20, 2018
Global Protected Land Under Pressure
Evolution of music. Natalia Komarova has tapped into databases online to discover what characteristics make a song ‘successful’. Her study, which uses machine learning to try to predict the success of songs, shows that the ‘happiness’ of songs is slowly declining, while the ‘danceability’ has increased. Roland Pease spoke to Dr Natalia Komarova from the University of California, Irvine. [starts 45:03]

Newsday, May 19, 2018
Today’s gun debate has echoes of the LIRR shootings era

David Meyer, a University of California, Irvine, sociologist specializing in social movements, said young people don’t usually vote the first time they can. And historically they don’t show up for midterm elections. But he said he could see a higher turnout this year.

The Mercury News, May 20, 2018
California court opens world of uncertainty for the dying

While polls show broad support among Californians, there continues to be opposition to the law among many physicians, said Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Medical Ethics Program at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. “When push comes to shove, most doctors still do not want to participate,” he said. “That’s consistent with where doctors have been traditionally; it’s consistent with the American Medical Association.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

P&SN, May 15, 2018
Public Perception
“It is possible that even mere presence factors (i.e., absent contact), such as the appearance of police officers in different attire and patrol capacities, may be enough to impact their perceived approachability, accountability, respectability, and so on,” posits Rylan Simpson, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine, in his recent research paper,  “The Police Officer Perception Project (POPP): An experimental evaluation of factors that impact perceptions of the police,” published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology.

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