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The New York Times, Oct. 21, 2020
Meet the diabolical ironclad beetle. It’s almost uncrushable.
In 2015, Jesus Rivera filmed a very unusual science experiment for posterity. On the asphalt of a sun-soaked parking lot, he placed a mottled black beetle on a pillow of dirt and had a colleague run it over with a Toyota Camry. Twice. Just about any other bug would have died. This one, a species called Phloeodes diabolicus, did not. … “That would jellify a human,” said David Kisailus, an engineer at the University of California, Irvine, who mentored Dr. Rivera’s work. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

CNN, Oct. 19, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: What if there’s no winner on November 4?
Richard L. Hasen, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law and political science writes, “Given current polling of the presidential race, it is possible to imagine three scenarios, either on November 4 or on days soon thereafter: a narrow Trump victory in the Electoral College, with a huge loss in the popular vote; a Biden landslide in which Trump claims he lost because of a “rigged” election; or a very close and potentially flawed election going into overtime that could lead to a prolonged struggle over the presidency and the country. Each of these presents its own set of challenges for American democracy.”

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 21, 2020
The souls of Black professors
UC Irvine is busting these myths. This year it hired 13 Black faculty members onto the tenure track, across fields — something that Douglas M. Haynes, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and professor of history and African American studies at the University of California, Irvine said “never happens” in U.S. academe at one campus in one year, because there’s a perception that it can’t or shouldn’t.

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 21, 2020
California has escaped the national surge in coronavirus cases. But new dangers lie ahead
Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine, said she’s noticed at her local school in Orange County, where classrooms have reopened, there was initially lots of discussion about not wanting to make masks mandatory for schoolchildren. But masking seems to be more widely accepted now. “The teachers, for example, say: ‘Boy, the kids just did great. They just came in and wore their masks all day long,’ ” Gohil said. “That shift in the culture, it takes time.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Knowable Magazine, Oct. 16, 2020
What legacy lies ahead for Black Lives Matter?
Historically, the road to reform has often begun with protesters taking to the streets. A sociologist and a political scientist take stock of whether today’s activism will lead to actual change. … To delve deeper into these questions, Knowable Magazine turned to two leading social movement researchers: sociologist Edwin Amenta of the University of California, Irvine, and Christian Davenport, a political scientist at the University of Michigan.

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