UCI News

The Orange County Register, Nov. 19, 2021
Climate change could fuel bigger summer waves in Southern California
“All these other things play a role, but waves are one of the most important causes of coastal erosion and flooding,” said Brett Sanders, an engineering professor who leads a UC Irvine team in coastal flooding and erosion hazards research. … “You could reach the point where the beaches don’t have a chance to recover,” said Sanders, who oversees the Metropolitan Beaches Projects online at sites.uci.edu/beaches. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

The New York Times, Nov. 21, 2021
As Gerrymanders Get Worse, Legal Options to Overturn Them Dwindle
Experts say that even as gerrymanders become ever more egregious, the legal avenues to overturn them are becoming narrower. “The good news is that litigation will probably go a little faster than in the last decade,” Richard L. Hasen, an election-law expert [and Chancellor’s Professor of law] at the University of California, Irvine, and a longtime critic of gerrymanders, said this past week. “The bad news is that it will progress faster because the plaintiffs will lose.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

The Washington Post, Nov. 20, 2021
For many men, apps can be ‘an important gateway to mental health’So how can someone needing help wade though the thicket of apps? … Stephen Schueller, associate professor of psychological sciences and informatics at the University of California, Irvine, recommended looking for ones designed with some degree of human interaction. That means they should provide feedback or support from, ideally, mental health professionals or, at least, trained peers who can commiserate. … “Apps with human support have been found to be as effective as traditional face-to-face treatments.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

AP, Nov. 19, 2021
Virginia court picks experts to draw maps for redistricting
The Supreme Court of Virginia has selected two outside experts from a pool of nominees put forward by lawmakers to help it complete its task of drawing new legislative districts to conform with the 2020 census. The court unanimously appointed Sean Trende and Bernard Grofman to serve as special masters for the preparation of proposed redistricting maps …. Grofman, nominated by Democrats, is a [Distinguished Professor] of political science and economics at the University of California, Irvine. He has a degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in political science and has previously worked on map-drawing efforts in Virginia.

Point2, Nov. 18, 2021
Missed Opportunity: What You Lost by Not Investing in Bitcoin or Real Estate [5-Year Analysis]
Bill Maurer, UCI Dean, School of Social Sciences, Director, Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion [said], “Without clear guidance from regulators in the US and worldwide, cryptocurrencies are never going to be more than a niche investment for people willing to take risks — and the risks are considerable! In the real estate market, we’re beginning to see startups offering mortgage loans based on borrower’s crypto holdings as collateral. But this kind of arrangement only works insofar as crypto assets are a stable store of value, which they are not, and which they won’t become absent regulatory clarity.”

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