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Los Angeles Times, Oct. 26, 2017
UC, roiled by 1st Amendment controversies, to launch national free speech center
The University of California … announced plans Thursday to launch a national center to study 1st Amendment issues and step up education about them …. The center’s advisory board will be headed by UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman and UC Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a renowned 1st Amendment scholar. The pair co-wrote a book, “Free Speech on Campus.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Politico, Oct. 26, 2017
Morning Education
The University of California is announcing this morning the launch of “a concerted educational, research and advocacy effort centered on the First Amendment’s critical importance to American democracy.” The National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement …. which is launching a fellowship program this fall, will be funded by the UC presidential endowment and “private philanthropic efforts,” the university said. Its advisory board will be chaired by UC Berkeley School of Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky and UC Irvine chancellor Howard Gillman.

STAT, Oct. 26, 2017
It’s time to lift restrictions on studying gun violence and its prevention
Dominik Wodarz, professor of theoretical and computational biology and Natalia L. Komarova, Ph.D., professor of mathematics at the University of California, Irvine write, “This kind of political denial is currently happening in the debate about the mass shooting epidemic in the U.S. Instead of a reduction in such tragic events, we are seeing a dramatic rise in the number of them.” … “If we continue our current path, an epidemic of increasingly intense mass shootings is likely to spread, with major effects on the economy and the well-being of our country.”

London School of Economics, Oct. 25, 2017
The Supreme Court’s quiet gerrymandering revolution and the road to minority rule
Charles Anthony Smith, professor and associate dean of continuing education at UC Irvine, and others write: “On October 3rd the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case that will, for better or worse, literally reshape American democracy.”

Medium, Oct. 26, 2017
How to Organize your Workday for Optimum Performance
According to a study by the University of California Irvine, it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to a task once you’ve taken your concentration away from it. So, when you set out to complete a task, be sure to free yourself from all distractions.

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