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Orange County Register, May 24, 2016
Chromosome 21?: UCI researchers studying link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s
“I think the urgency in part reflects the urgency of Alzheimer’s research,” said Dr. Ira Lott, a pediatric neurologist and lead researcher. “Alzheimer’s is a tremendous national problem. Many people with Down syndrome live productive and happy lives. To have that cut off prematurely by Alzheimer’s disease is a tragedy that we’re trying to prevent.”

The New York Times Magazine, May 25, 2016
Kamala Harris, a ‘Top Cop’ in the era of Black Lives Matter
But John Van de Kamp and Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of the law school at the University of California, Irvine, have effectively given up on Harris by asking for a federal investigation, in a letter to the Justice Department signed by roughly two dozen former prosecutors, law professors and advocates. “All the parts of the criminal-­justice system failed here, for a very long time,” Chemerinsky says. “As far as I know, she’s not doing anything about it.” In January, Rackauckas invited the Justice Department to investigate, saying there was no evidence of “sensational wrongdoing.”

Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2016
Earnest UC Irvine student seeks to shake up the Republican Party
The percentage of Republican voters is shrinking, and by many measures, the GOP’s IV bag is almost empty. But UC Irvine student Peter Van Voorhis refuses to believe it. “I’m a 20-year-old Republican currently on the ballot for public office,” he said in a recent email, in which he promised to shake up his party. “I’m running because I want to get more young people voting and engaged in politics.”

The Washington Post, May 25, 2016
In a Trump-Clinton match-up, racial prejudice makes a striking difference
Michael Tesler, assistant professor of political science at UC Irvine, [writes]: But whether attitudes about race and ethnicity will matter in November’s general election is a different question. … We can gain some early insights into this question, though, by comparing the impact of racial attitudes on the choice between Trump and Hillary Clinton to their impact on the choice between Clinton and other Republicans.

Orange County Register, May 24, 2016
UC Irvine’s 7-foot-6 Mamadou Ndiaye decides to remain in NBA draft, ending college career
Anteaters coach Russell Turner [said] …. “This is a kid who’s worked real hard to get to this far. He came to us and created an opportunity for himself. He’s as intelligent a guy as I’ve ever coached. He knows all the risks. The best thing is that he’s decisive. He’s ready to go for it, and I’m 100 percent behind him.”

ESPN, May 25, 2016
Pac-12 to enter esports this upcoming year
Earlier this year, UC Irvine launched the biggest esports initiative yet: in addition to scholarships, it will offer a 3,500 square-foot facility complete with a stage for competitions, a live broadcasting studio, and almost a hundred personal computers.

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