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The Atlantic, Nov. 11,  2020
Trump Needs Three Consecutive Hail Mary Passes
Richard L. Hasen, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law and political science writes, “And even though the election results do not appear to be in doubt, what Trump and his team are doing now is corrosive to democracy, which depends on the losers accepting results as legitimate. The danger, then, is less about whether Biden takes office in January and more about whether the American people will keep believing that this is a country that can settle its disagreements peacefully and through a legal process.”

Daily Mail, Nov. 17, 2020
Have coronavirus lockdowns made us more forgetful? California scientists launch study to test whether isolation and anxiety while staying home have impaired our memories
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) are launching a study to examine if lockdowns and stay-at-home orders have impacted memory. … Dr Michael Yassa, director of the UCI Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, told The Wall Street Journal people use cues to form and recall memories. … Dr Yassa told The Journal his team will look at how social isolation of the pandemic lockdown has affected memory, mood and emotions.

Orange County Register, Nov. 16, 2020
Costa Mesa to allow retail sales as OC voters show softening stance on cannabis
UC Irvine law professor Bob Solomon, who co-directs UCI’s Center for the Study of Cannabis, attributes changing national attitudes toward cannabis to several factors. Medical uses of the drug are now widely accepted, thinkers from both ends of the political spectrum seem to agree the decades-long war on drugs has failed, and more people are realizing they know someone who has benefited from using cannabis, he said, such as cancer patients who take it for nausea. [Access the Orange County Register here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 17, 2020
The ‘war on coal’ is over. The next climate battle has just begun
recent study from researchers at UC Irvine and Global Energy Monitor found that replacing aging coal plants with new gas plants that could operate for 30 years or longer — as America has done in recent years — might reduce long-term carbon emissions by just 12%. The difference is even less after accounting for methane, a pollutant that leaks from gas infrastructure and traps heat in the atmosphere far more powerfully than carbon dioxide over the short term. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Vox, Nov. 14, 2020
What we know about who Asian American voters supported in the election
“The issue of anti-communism or anti-China weighs heavily on the minds of the first generation,” Linda Vo, a professor of Asian American studies at the University of California, Irvine, told [Vox’s Terry] Nguyen. “They see the GOP as socially conservative and anti-communist, which aligns more with their values.”

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