UCI News

USA Today, Nov. 21, 2020
The ununited state of juvenile justice in America
“We call it justice by geography,” said Elizabeth Cauffman, a developmental psychologist at University of California, Irvine. “Where you live determines how you’re treated as a juvenile.” … Elizabeth Cauffman oversees the Crossroads Study, a multiyear, ongoing study based at University of California, Irvine, where her team studied how the system handles “tipping point” offenses – burglary, simple assault and other medium-level offenses. … “There is randomness in all states because what you have are human beings making decisions,” Cauffman said. “That just creates human error.”

WGVU, Nov. 23, 2020 (Podcast)
Powerful Women Let’s Talk – 023: L. Song Richardson
L. Song Richardson is the dean and Chancellor’s Professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. When appointed dean in 2018 she was the only woman of color to lead a top 30 law school in the country, she is a leading expert on criminal law as well as implicit racial and gender bias …. “I view myself, as I mentioned, as empowering the people around me … I think that great ideas come from diversity and inclusion and hearing people’s voices and I encourage everyone to challenge me all the time because that’s how I think great decisions are made. So very strongly collaborative.”

Finding Genius Podcast, Nov. 20, 2020
Plastics as Pathogen Raft: Researcher Joleah Lamb Talks Plastic Impact on Marine Ecology
Pathogens easily grow on plastics, and plastics travel far and wide in the ocean. That has marine biologists like Joleah Lamb looking for solutions. This podcast dives deep into the complex world of aquatic ecology and biodiversity and how our actions impact it. … Joleah Lamb is an assistant professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology School of Biological Sciences with the University of California, Irvine. She runs their Oceans and Human Health Laboratory, which focuses on solutions in a research-driven program at the interface of public health and ecosystem function.

Men’s Health, Nov. 20, 2020
Why COVID Tests Aren’t Permission Slips to Party Like Normal
You could even “harbor the virus and become sick within hours” of receiving a negative test result, says Shruti Gohil, MD, MPH, an associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention, infectious diseases at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. This means if you’re planning to party and violate recommendations to mask and socially distance, there is still a chance you could be infecting people and people could be infecting you.

Daily Pilot, Nov. 20, 2020
Could ‘tiny houses’ help solve Orange County’s housing deficit?
Nick Marantz, UC Irvine assistant professor of urban planning and public policy, said the housing affordability crisis is not just about a shortage of supply but about a shortage of housing options. Marantz said, “ADUs can contribute to addressing both of those problems by increasing the supply of housing but also increasing the variety of types of housing units that are available.” … Sarah Thomaz, a UC Irvine Phd. student who has been working on a study of ADUs in Los Angeles, said the units are a way to work around the objections of residents who oppose affordable housing projects. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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