UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, Oct. 9, 2019
UCI’s $2B Campaign: Quiet No More
The University of California-Irvine wants to raise $2 billion by 2024—the largest-ever fundraising campaign in the history of Orange County. The campaign, called “Brilliant Future,” is being headed by James and Sheila Peterson. “Jimmy P,” as he is known locally, was the chief executive of Microsemi Corp.; the Aliso Viejo-based chipmaker was sold for $10.3 billion last year. “We’re going to be active chairs, doing our part to inspire and motivate others to donate not only their money, but time and effort,” Jimmy P told the Business Journal. “We want to revitalize Orange County.” The campaign will fund four specific areas: health, innovation, arts, and first-generation college students. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 9, 2019
Trump’s policies and anti-immigrant violence disturbed these Latinos. Now they’re taking action
Holly Cooper, a law professor at UC Irvine, said she has seen an increase of Latino students participating at the immigration rights clinic, which allows students to represent people on immigration matters under faculty supervision. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CNBC, Oct. 8, 2019
What we might learn from Trump’s tax returns — if they’re released
Think of the Form 1040 as an important piece of the puzzle in a taxpayer’s financial condition. “What you can see from the individual Form 1040 are the types and sources of income, including whether the taxpayer has capital gains or dividend income,” said Joshua D. Blank, professor of law at the University of California, Irvine. “What you can’t see is wealth,” he said. “We tax people based on annual income and not total wealth.”

The Nation, Oct. 8, 2019
For Chinese American Conservatives, Race Is a Weapon
Claire Jean Kim, a professor of political science and Asian American studies at the University of California, Irvine, writes, “Much of the coverage of the case notes that this is the first major anti–affirmative action lawsuit featuring plaintiffs who aren’t white, but it could otherwise read as another installment in the long-running war between white conservatives such as Ed Blum, who found the plaintiffs and initiated the lawsuit against Harvard in their name, and supposedly liberal university administrators and their black and Latinx constituents.”

The Bridge, Oct. 8, 2019
AGU welcomes new Congressional Science Fellow, Dr. Kate Voss
American Geophysical Union (AGU) is pleased to announce its newest Congressional Science Fellow, Dr. Katalyn Voss. Now in its 42nd year, AGU’s Congressional Science Fellow program places highly qualified and accomplished scientists, engineers, and other professionals in the office of an individual member of Congress or on a committee for a one-year assignment. … She was ultimately awarded a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) fellowship that allowed her to study with Dr. James Famiglietti at UC Irvine, where she used NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite to understand groundwater depletion in the Tigris-Euphrates river basin.

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