UCI News

Coast Magazine, Sep. 2018
When a museum falls into your lap…
Just a few days into his tenure as UC Irvine’s Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Stephen Barker got the shock of his life: James Irvine Swinden, president of the Irvine Museum, was planning on bequeathing the university about 1,300 works of art, the world’s largest collection of California impressionist and plein air paintings. A few days later, Barker got the second shock of his life. Deceased real estate developer Gerald E. Buck was leaving UCI his long-held collection of 3,300 California works of art, ranging from turn-of-the-last-century through modern day. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KCRW, Sep. 5, 2018
How free should free speech be on university campuses?
KCRW sat down with UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman to discuss free speech in higher education. Gillman has thought long and hard about the issue as a constitutional scholar and the co-author of the book “Free Speech on Campus,” which he wrote with Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Berkeley Law School. Although he recognizes how hurtful some forms of speech can be to students, Gillman is a believer that censorship is rarely the right response.

Los Angeles Times, Sep. 5, 2018
California’s new money bail reform won’t actually reform an unjust system
Along with other community representatives, we attended a presentation to Los Angeles County policymakers by UC Irvine criminology professor Susan Turner, who designs these types of risk-assessment tools. She acknowledged that bias in policing and society can be embedded in the scoring system. Moreover, she pointed out, policymakers must divide the scores into low-, medium- and high-risk “buckets.” The big question for judges and administrators in every jurisdiction will be how big to make the buckets. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

MarketWatch, Sep. 4, 2018
The one skill that’s most connected to being wealthy
The Marshmallow Test … is perhaps the most well-known study on this. … A study published earlier this year by researchers at New York University and the University of California, Irvine, restaged the experiment and found the likelihood of children waiting for a second marshmallow depended largely on their social and economic backgrounds. Those factors, not some innate ability to delay gratification, determined their future success, researchers found.

Newsweek, Sep. 4, 2018
Vegetarian sharks? World’s first omnivorous sea beasts discovered off U.S. coast
Earlier this year, researchers from the University of California Irvine announced they had discovered a species of shark that eats and digests seagrass. … Study author Samantha Leigh, from the university’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, told Newsweek the discovery was a huge surprise. “We’ve always known sharks to be strict carnivores,” she said. “This is the first species we know of that is taking this omnivorous digestive strategy.”

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