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The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 2, 2017
The Trump Administration Says Colleges Are Suppressing Free Speech. How Should They Respond?
Surveys suggest that many of today’s students don’t have a robust understanding of the First Amendment, said Howard Gillman, chancellor of the University of California at Irvine and a First Amendment scholar. He and Erwin Chemerinsky, now dean of Berkeley’s law school, together wrote a book also called Free Speech on Campus. … Irvine recently published a new free-expression statement, he said. The university also has a dedicated free-speech website and will host on-campus workshops for students to learn more.

Vice, Oct. 2, 2017
What Happens if Oil Companies Are Forced to Pay for Climate Damage
That’s why observers like Michael Robinson-Dorn are closely following the lawsuit filed against Big Oil by San Francisco and Oakland last month. … “As the information continues to be collected, it’s fairly obvious the percentage of the contribution that those major oil companies…have made to this problem,” said Robinson-Dorn, executive director of the environmental law clinic at the University of California-Irvine.

Quartz, Oct. 2, 2017
Do we have a moral duty to watch the painful videos from a mass shooting?
A psychology professor [Roxane Cohen Silver] at University of California Irvine who researched the psychological impact of repeated viewings of the Boston marathon bombing in 2013 found that, as the New Republic reported, symptoms of an “acute stress” response—which can include irritability, difficulty sleeping, and hyper-vigilance—were actually more intense following multiple exposures to the event from news sources than they were in actual witnesses. What’s more, “repeated media exposure led to nine times the likelihood of reporting symptoms of PTSD.”

Education Week, Oct. 2, 2017
Teenagers’ Friendships Online Provide Emotional Support, Study Finds
“People have these concerns that somehow, technology and social media are supplanting relationships or minimizing the emotional intimacy,” said Stephanie Reich, co-author of the study and an associate professor of education at the University of California, Irvine, in an interview. But that’s not the case, she said. “The key pieces of friendships, whether you see them in a schoolyard or at the mall, are happening on social media as well.”

The San Diego Union Tribune, Oct. 2, 2017
Vista teen among 100 ‘dreamers’ hoping to win over Congress during D.C. trip
“Hopefully congress members will have a change of heart and be able to feel compassion about us and actually get a plan together,” said Marco Antonio Ortiz Sanchez, a freshman at University of California, Irvine. “It’s very stressful living like this day to day, not knowing what is going to happen next. It’s scary.” … He is studying business administration at the Paul Merage School of Business at UCI and hopes to start a company and create jobs.

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