UCI News

Sierra Magazine, Sept. 28, 2020
How the pandemic is changing STEM education
Some labs have shifted their research toward more online-friendly topics like data analysis. That might not be such a bad thing, says Elizabeth Crook, a professor of Earth System Science at UC Irvine. Crook has already seen more interest in her GIS classes and research, which translates better to an online format than traditional lab or field classes do, and presents more job opportunities to students. As long as the university is providing the same amount of mentorship opportunities through internships or research programs, she says, students can learn as much studying remotely as they would have in person.

Mirror, Sept. 29, 2020
E-cigarettes with heating elements can cause ‘significant’ lung damage, study warns
They’re often portrayed as healthier alternatives to cigarettes, but a new study suggests that e-cigarettes may not be as safe as they seem. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, have warned that e-cigarettes with heating elements can cause ‘significant’ damage to the lungs. … Dr Michael Kleinman, a researcher on the project, said: “Within an hour of beginning an experiment, we observed evidence of severe respiratory distress, including laboured breathing, wheezing and panting. After analysing lung tissue from subjects in the study, we found them to be severely compromised and observed other serious changes ….”

The New York Times Magazine, Sept. 30, 2020
The attack on voting
The strategy was now in full view: Flood every state, every television news network, every newspaper and news feed with manufactured evidence of fraud to suppress Democratic votes before Election Day — and to knock them out of state-by-state tallies in the courts and counting rooms afterward. In September, Trump’s power to affect the outcome reached a new level when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died and Mitch McConnell lined up the votes for a fast confirmation of the Supreme Court’s sixth conservative member. Increasingly, longtime election experts were seeing “a pathway for something other than voters choosing the next president,” said Richard Hasen, a professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law who writes the widely read Election Law Blog. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Voice of OC, Sept. 30, 2020
Anaheim Council sells Angel Stadium and land for $150 million, subsidizes housing and park
“The park is a little peculiar because the park should increase the property value of the other residences they’re going to build,” UC Irvine economist Ami Glazer said in a phone interview. He said developers, like FivePoint and the Irvine Company usually build their own parks without taxpayers subsidizing them. “They build their own parks because it raises their property values. It’s not clear the developer should get compensated on something that will benefit the developer.”

Forbes, Sept. 30, 2020 (Contributor)
Can Superdry’s Dunkerton succeed where other boomerang CEOs have failed?
Unfortunately for him, research on “Boomerang CEOs” published in the MIT Sloan Management Review earlier this month suggests that the odds are against him. … The authors — [including assistant professor] Travis Howell of the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine — are most damning about returning founders. “Although founders possess the entrepreneurial skills required to lead a new venture, they often lack the administrative skills necessary to manage the challenges associated with a larger, more complex organization. This is especially true if the company is in crisis …” they write.

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