UCI News

New York Daily News, Oct. 1, 2017
First Amendment lessons for liberals
Howard Gillman, Chancellor of UC Irvine; Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley School of Law, write: “In the first weeks of the new school year, campuses across the country are again in the thick of the war over free speech. As in recent years, a familiar pattern is emerging: Conservatives look to bring conservative speakers to campus. Some liberal faculty and students object, claiming that hateful and offensive voices cause great harm and should be prevented from speaking.”

The Washington Post, Sept. 27, 2017
Trump is fighting an open war on trade. His stealth war on trade may be even more important.
Gregory Shaffer, Chancellor’s Professor at the School of Law at University of California, Irvine, writes: “The Trump administration has been waging a behind-the-scenes campaign against the WTO’s dispute settlement system. … This U.S.-made crisis threatens to undo the multilateral rules-based trading system that the U.S. created after the Cold War and replace it with a return to aggressive power politics unchecked by the rule of law.”

Discover, Sept. 29, 2017
Eat Less, Age Less?
Decades of lab-animal studies connect health and longevity to dramatic caloric restriction. Scientists continue to replicate these animal studies in their quest to figure out what causes aging. One of these scientists is Paolo Sassone-Corsi, the director of the Center for Epigenetics & Metabolism at the University of California, Irvine. He’s the lead author of a paper published in August in the journal Cell that shows how our biological clock affects metabolism.

Orange County Register, Sept. 30, 2017
Catalina Sea Ranch snags federal grant to start kelp farming
The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, grant was part of a $22 million nationwide research disbursement that included $1.8 million for macroalgae cultivation research at UC Irvine. “Macroalgae are fast-growing and highly versatile; they can be used for feedstock, fuels, chemicals and many other commercial products,” said UCI oceanographic engineer Kristen Davis. “My goal with this research is to assess new cultivation techniques and procedures to optimize productivity and to also understand the impact of the practice on coastal ecosystems.”

NBC News, Oct. 1, 2017
Supreme Court Opens Momentous Term on Monday
Rick Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine, said states are getting much better at using voter information to fine tune their electoral maps. “Elected officials, armed with new data, are seeking maximum partisan advantage. And if the court doesn’t put the brakes on it, this is likely to accelerate and get even worse.”

Previously “In the News”