UCI News

The New York Times (AP), May 30, 2018
Legal Hurdles Loom for Prosecutors in USC Gynecologist Case
If there’s a single victim, the case can devolve into a he said-she said dispute, said Michele Goodwin, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine. In the medical environment, a typical defense is that it was part of an exam and there were no supporting eyewitnesses or video. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Vermont Public Radio, May 30, 2018
Public School Ethnic Studies Bill Struggles To Find Path Forward In Montpelier
Around 2010, the San Francisco Unified School District launched an ethnic studies pilot project. Emily Penner, an assistant professor of education at UC Irvine, said the course — taught to at-risk ninth graders — helped kids look at the impact of race and culture on their own identities. “[The school district] got to a moment where they wanted some evidence about the effects that the class was having,” Penner said. “And they were facing a decision about what do with the class.”

BBC Future, May 30, 2018
The controversial debut of genes in criminal cases
Since the courtroom itself is such a difficult environment in which to study the specific effects of genetic or neuroscientific evidence, some researchers are taking a different approach. … . Nicholas Scurich at the University of California, Irvine and Paul Appelbaum at Columbia University asked 640 volunteers representative of the US population to act as virtual jurors. Each ‘juror’ had to decide which sentence to recommend for assault with a deadly weapon.

Mother Jones, May 28, 2018
What If We Held a Constitutional Convention and the Right-Wingers Prevailed?
Richard Hasen, a professor of law and political science at the University of California-Irvine, has written that “millions of California voters” calling for a constitutional convention could pressure the federal executive and judicial branches to effectively erase the Citizens United ruling.

KALW, May 27, 2018
One Planet: How can we ensure access to safe and affordable drinking water in the US? (Audio)
Maura Allaire, assistant professor of urban policy and public planning at the University of California-Irvine, [said]: “Like most folks I was absolutely shocked that Flint occurred and I became very concerned what state of drinking water quality was across the country.”

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