UCI News

Spectrum News 1, Oct. 2, 2020
Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis torpedoes Two SoCal fundraising events
Matthew Beckmann, a political scientist at the University of California, Irvine, said Trump’s illness won’t change voters’ minds but could block out other news that might. He added that Trump might already be too unpopular for any news to block out bad headlines. … It’s unclear how much the diagnosis could hurt Trump, or if voters will even care. “There just isn’t a lot of great news out there [for Trump],” Beckmann said. “It’s a bad headline that’s just displacing other bad headlines.”

Orange County Register, Oct. 5, 2020
How air filters can help clean the air and keep you healthy during wildfire season
Over at the University of California Irvine, Michael Kleinman is a professor in the occupational and environmental health department and his research concentrates on the effects of inhaled air pollutants. He explains that forest fires adversely affect air quality for two reasons. The first is due to the particles that result from the fire. These are tiny and complex particles that can be very irritating. Kleinman likens it to when you stand too close to a campfire and the wind blows it towards you. [Access the Orange County Register here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Institutional Investor, Oct. 5, 2020
Peltz, Ackman, Icahn: How their ‘hostile’ reputations really work
“Some activist hedge funds are viewed as hostile and others are not,” said Margarethe Wiersema, the dean’s professor of strategic management at the University of California, Irvine. … In one of her latest studies, Wiersema and her co-authors explored what led to settlements — the situations where the target firm gives in to the demands of the activist investor. The biggest factor, they found, was reputation.

Daily Pilot, Oct. 2, 2020
Around Town: UC Irvine earns No. 1 ranking in list of sustainability leaders
Sierra magazine has named UC Irvine as No. 1 overall in its annual “Cool Schools” ranking of sustainability leaders among U.S. and Canadian colleges. This is the fourth time in the last seven years that UCI has topped the list, and it has ranked in the top 10 each of the last 11 years. UC Irvine chemistry professor F. Sherwood Rowland did Nobel Prize-winning research into the depletion of the ozone layer nearly 50 years ago. Since then, that work has led to the growth of a campus culture of eco-friendly practices, groundbreaking sustainability research and green accomplishments. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CHCI, Sept. 28, 2020
Engaging audiences and pressing issues: The UCI Humanities Center Fall program on Oceans and the 1619 Project
Over the past few months, the travel restrictions that have attended the COVID-19 pandemic have forced humanities centers and institutes (HCI) have been forced to adapt and innovate in the space of virtual events. One HCI that has made this transition particularly well is the Humanities Center at the University of California Irvine. This year, they have organized two signature series that connect not only with the local campus and community partners, but also with larger conversations happening at the national and international levels.

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