UCI News

Vox, Oct. 25, 2017
Hate speech is protected free speech, even on college campuses
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley School of Law, writes: “While teaching our class on free speech on campus at UC Irvine, Chancellor Howard Gillman and I realized that the students’ desire to restrict hurtful speech came from laudable instincts.”

Consumer Reports, Oct. 24, 2017
We May Be Consuming More Glyphosate Than Ever Before
While the health effects of glyphosate aren’t well-understood, many scientists and consumer-safety advocates believe its widespread and growing use are reason enough for closer monitoring and more careful study by federal agencies. “The safety limits we have right now are complete guesses,” says Bruce Blumberg, a scientist at the University of California at Irvine who has studied glyphosate.

Wallet Hub, Oct. 18, 2017
2017’s States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft & Fraud
We consulted a panel of experts for … advice on how to safeguard our data against cybercriminals. … Paul Dourish, Chancellor’s Professor of Informatics and Associate Dean for the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine writes, “The most important thing that people should be doing now is freezing their credit reports to ensure that information lost in the Equifax breach isn’t used to open up new credit cards and similar sorts of accounts.”

Science, Oct. 24, 2017
Fighting poverty might make it harder to fight climate change
The study implies that climate and human development goals are not necessarily inconsistent, but “It really kind of depends on what level of poverty we’re OK with,” says Steve Davis, an earth systems scientist at the University of California, Irvine, who was not involved with the work. The bottom line, he adds: “If we’re really trying to consider getting people not just out of extreme poverty, but into the middle class, then maybe we do have more of a challenge.”

The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 25, 2017
5 Unnervingly Spooky Houseplants for Halloween
“Few plants resort to violence to make a living, but it helps them secure nutrients like nitrogen that’s lacking in their soil,” said Carter Butts, a professor who studies the plant’s genomes at the University of California, Irvine. Sundews are a bit fussy about water (it must be mineral-free and distilled) but never about fertilizer: Outdoor plants feed themselves, and “indoors, I use fish food, applied with tweezers,” Mr. Butts said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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