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Orange County Register, Nov. 13, 2018
What do girls know about coding? Ask these 2 students who created classes for kids in shelters
The Thomas House class marks the fifth time for Monserrat “Monsie” Palabrica to serve as a volunteer. A computer science major in her fourth year at UCI, Palabrica, 21, didn’t get interested in computer science until her senior year in high school. She sees the long-term value of introducing children to coding at a young age: “I wish they had this when I was in grade school so I could have developed as I grew.” [Subscription is required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

LabRoots, Nov. 10, 2018
Scientists Engineer a Better Way to Direct Evolution
Earlier this year, three researchers shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for pioneering a process called directed evolution … The process was considered painstaking and laborious; however, scientists at the University of California, Irvine have now streamlined the process. … Arjun Ravikumar, a recent recipient of a biomedical engineering Ph.D. at UCI [said] “Our work has reduced evolution to be an extremely rapid, straightforward and scalable process.”

Gizmodo, Nov. 14, 2018
Scientists Spot Tantalizing New Super-Earth Around Nearby Star
Though the planet is outside the star’s habitable zone, meaning it’s really cold, it’s an important potential target for exoplanet studies, Paul Robertson, physics and astronomy professor at the University of California Irvine professor who was not involved in the study, told Gizmodo. Its distance means that there’s the potential to image the planet separate from the star, rather than implying the existence of a planet based on changes to starlight.

NBC News, Nov.13, 2018
With two new headquarters, will Amazon get to double dip on tax breaks?
“If it’s 50,000 jobs [in a large city], how many of them will be people moving from existing jobs to new jobs?” said Amihai Glazer, a professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine. The previous employers may not hire replacements immediately, dampening the impact.

Associated Press, Nov. 13, 2018
Florida official known for missteps in recount cross hairs
“It is no surprise that Democrats gain votes later in the counting process in part because big cities tend to contain lots of Democratic votes, and given their population, cities take much longer to count,” said Richard Hasen, law professor at the University of California-Irvine and author of books on election controversies, in an opinion article Monday in Slate.

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