UCI News

Fox 11, Nov. 6, 2018
O.C. turnout expected to soar as county becomes election hotspot
UC Irvine political science professor Louis DeSipio told City News Service he only had “anecdotal” evidence, but noted that he has seen a much higher level of engagement among younger voters, who traditionally are the most apathetic. “I’ve been amazed at it all week on campus,” DeSipio said. “The lines have been 45 minutes to an hour long (to vote), nicely snaking around the campus.” DeSipio added, “I sense more students are volunteering, too. They’re active in recruiting people, and they know that an investment in labor could pay off with a job or internship some day. There’s definitely more activity than four years ago or eight years ago.”

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Nov. 6, 2018
Colleges and Universities Prepare for National STEM Day
On National STEM Day this Thursday, Nov. 8, Dr. Adriana D. Briscoe will be posting on Twitter about butterflies – their colors, their visual systems and more. As a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Irvine, the distinguished scientist will join other students, faculty and campus leaders from the nation’s colleges and universities who will be participating in the celebratory initiative aimed at inspiring individuals to explore and pursue the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Huffington Post, Nov. 7, 2018
Midterm Voters Significantly Expanded the Right to Vote
But Republican control of the U.S. Senate means that Trump will have at least two more years to appoint conservative judges to the federal bench who are unlikely to support voting rights, said Rick Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, who specializes in election law. “There were some big victories for voting rights, such as Florida’s felon measure and two Michigan voting measures,” Hasen said.

Green Matters, Nov. 6, 2018
The Ozone Layer Is Recovering From Depletion
Though scientists at UC Irvine warned of ozone destruction in 1974, the problem didn’t receive widespread attention until the early 1980s. The ozone layer protects the planet from ultraviolet radiation, which can lead to skin cancer and cataracts in humans, and impair photosynthesis in plants. So when news spread of a “hole” in this portion of the atmosphere, people understandably panicked.

Calmatters, Nov. 7, 2018
“A Failing Franchise:” Is the California GOP doomed?
The state party won’t have an easy time distancing itself from Washington D.C. anytime soon, even if it wanted to, said Graeme Boushey, a political science professor at the UC Irvine. “With a national GOP that has itself moved towards more extreme politics, it’s hard for the state GOP to escape that shadow,” he said. Politics are increasingly nationalized, he continued. Many voters don’t know who represents them in Sacramento, or even in Congress, but they do know who the president is and to which party he belongs.

Previously “In the News”