UCI News

The New York Times, Nov. 23, 2019
Inside the War for California’s Cannabis Churches
But 80 percent of California municipalities don’t allow dispensaries, said Robert Solomon, a law professor at the University of California at Irvine and chair of the Center for the Study of Cannabis there. This means that illegal weed sales proliferate. … “It’s one thing to say, ‘Why would I buy black market milk from a guy I don’t know, when I could get good healthy milk from the supermarket?’” Mr. Solomon said. But if there’s no supermarket around, he said, the “black market looks pretty good.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

USA Today, Nov. 24, 2019 (Opinion)
Opinion: Climate change: Natural gas pipelines will have purpose when natural gas is gone
Jack Brouwer, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at University of California, Irvine writes, “There’s a simple technology called electrolysis that converts electricity — renewable electricity — to hydrogen, which can be stored in existing pipelines and storage facilities. … This renewable hydrogen technology has been tested at the University of California, Irvine for almost a decade, and will play an important role in ending climate change and improving air quality. So why isn’t this solution getting more attention?”

The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 24, 2019 (Book review)
‘The Hidden History of Burma’ Review: Continuity Masked as Change
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, chancellor’s professor of history at the University of California, Irvine writes, ““The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century” is Mr. Thant [Myint-U’s] most impressive title to date. It features anecdotes from the author’s own extraordinary life and interviews with a wide range of his compatriots …. Together these vignettes tell the story of a country still struggling to escape the legacy of dictatorship.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

Gizmodo, Nov. 25, 2019
What Are We Most Likely Going to Be Dying From in the Future?
Andrew Noymer, Associate Professor, Population Health & Disease Prevention, University of California, Irvine [said], “Mostly the same as now: heart disease and cancer. These two diseases have been the leading two causes of death in the United States for a very long time, accounting (together) for over half of all deaths. These patterns change slowly. So, even twenty years from now, I fully expect heart disease and cancer to be, by far, the two leading causes of death in the United States.”

NBC News, Nov. 24, 2019
X doesn’t mark the spot: As Millennials and Baby Boomers feud, a generation is left out
Talking about generations, however, brings the risk of generalizations. … “In terms of the percentage, it might be that the percentage of millennials that are active is greater than the percentage of generation Xers that are active, but the percentages are really small out of the total population,” said David S. Meyer, professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, who has studied the history of social activism. “Generations are always very diverse and divided.”

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