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The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 6, 2019
Arrests for Low-Level Crimes Are Plummeting, and the Experts Are Flummoxed
Compared with the felony system, misdemeanor enforcement is much less sensitive to actual crime rates and more influenced by changing political and cultural winds, says Alexandra Natapoff, a University of California-Irvine law professor. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 7, 2019
Opinion: Real justice requires unanimous juries for criminal convictions
Henry Weinstein, a professor at UC Irvine School of Law, writes, “Last year, Louisiana’s voters abolished the non-unanimous jury practice after a spirited campaign about the system’s grievous failures. But the changed law applies only to felonies committed starting this year. It doesn’t help the hundreds of people in prison who were convicted by non-unanimous juries prior to Jan. 1, 2019.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

WBUR News, Oct. 7, 2019 (Audio)
Here Are The Issues Markey And Kennedy Have Focused On In D.C.
Elected to the House in 1976, [Sen. Ed] Markey emerged as a key force in the Reagan-era nuclear arms freeze movement, filing a bipartisan resolution and elevating the profile of anti-nuclear activists. “Markey stuck with the issue over the next 20, 30 years,” said David Meyer, a sociology professor at the University of California Irvine, who met Markey when he was a grad student working on a dissertation on the nuclear weapons freeze movement.

Renal & Urology News, Oct. 3, 2019
Kidney Health Initiative Offers Promise, Unknowns
Kam Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, PhD, MPH, is professor & Chief, in the division of Nephrology & Hypertension at the UC Irvine School of Medicine writes, “Many nephrologists and other healthcare providers (HCPs) have enthusiastically embraced the July 10 presidential executive order titled, ‘Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative.’ The 3 main components include a reduction in the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) rate by 25% by 2030; a substantial increase in home dialysis so that 80% of new ESRD patients can receive dialysis treatment at home; and a doubling of the number of kidneys available for transplantation by 2030.”

Axios, Oct. 5, 2019
Word games show AI’s limitations
It’s one thing to play chess against a computer — you’ll lose — but it’s another entirely to play a collaborative word game. That stretches the limits of today’s AI. … Giving a good clue is pretty easy for computers, using basic open-source machine learning tools for language understanding. “I was surprised at how well it worked,” said David Kirkby, an astrophysicist at UC Irvine who programmed a Codenames bot for fun. “It came up with clues which weren’t obvious to me — but they made sense.”

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