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Associated Press, Nov. 7, 2022
Musk’s partisan tweets call Twitter neutrality into question
Elon Musk used his Twitter megaphone to appeal to “independent-minded voters” on Monday, urging them to vote Republican … “Now, you might say, look, Rupert Murdoch owns Fox News and that’s his voice amplified,” said Charles Anthony Smith, a professor of political science and law at the University of California, Irvine. “But the difference is that gets filtered through a variety of different script writers and on-air personalities and all this other sort of stuff. So it’s not really Rupert Murdoch. It may be that people agree with him on things, but it’s filtered through other voices. This is unadulterated direct contact. So, it’s an amplification that is unrivaled.”

NPR, Nov. 8, 2022 (Audio)
‘We are the future’: Meet first-time voters supporting Republicans this cycle
Katelyn Diaz thinks it’s time for the GOP to take notice of its young members. “There’s people who don’t want to pass on the microphone or the torch,” said Diaz, a sophomore at University of California Irvine. “But I see young people in the Republican Party rising up more and more.” … “When people find out I’m pro-life, they’re very shocked,” she said. “I’ve had people dumbfounded, because I’m a woman of color, disabled — they expect me to have certain political views and I don’t have those political views.”

KABC, Nov. 7, 2022 (Video)
How well could your community withstand a major flood? It could be riskier than you think
In a state severely hobbled by drought and wildfires, flood concerns may not seem top-of-mind. But a new study out of UC Irvine found that Los Angeles County’s aging flood systems may not be ready for a major flood. “Right now, our research suggests that our infrastructure and the way we’ve built it out is much more vulnerable to this type of event than I think anyone would have guessed,” said Brett Sanders, a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UCI and one of the authors of the paper.

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 7, 2022
They used to call California ocean desalination a disaster. But water crisis brings new look
David Feldman, director of Water UCI at UC Irvine, said desalination could eventually provide “somewhere between 10% and half” of California’s potable water — with one caveat. “Before we can even estimate what percentage of California’s potable water would come from desal, we’re going to have to consider whether or not water agencies feel confident that they have exhausted other less expensive and less energy-intensive options,” said Feldman, who is also a professor of urban planning and public policy at the university. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Nov. 8, 2022
Ordinary people commemorated in Lava Thomas’ powerful drawings at Spelman
In a more perfect world, the primly dressed ladies in rhinestone-studded hats and Sunday best dresses in artist Lava Thomas’s drawings would be the American heroes commemorated in Southern town squares. The artist’s heroes are the ordinary citizens who became civil rights activists …. Thomas’ solo exhibition “Homecoming,” curated by University of California, Irvine professor [and Chancellor’s Fellow] Bridget R. Cooks and on view at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art through Dec. 3, is a commemoration in its purest form: a celebration of the Americans who, because of their color and their gender, don’t typically rate monuments.

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