UCI News

The Wall Street Journal, Sep. 5, 2018
Public Schools Make Gains in WSJ/THE College Rankings
New to the top 100 overall this year are the University of Connecticut, which jumped to 97th from 105th, and the University of California, Irvine, which climbed to 99th from 139th. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, Sep. 5, 2018
What do you do when a museum falls into your lap? UCI has an answer
One suggestion was put it on display, which is exactly what UCI will do beginning Sept. 29 with “First Glimpse: Introducing the Buck Collection,” an exhibition of 55 works. Plans for UCI’s newly acquired art include a new museum of roughly 125,000 square feet on campus to house the collection at a cost of about $150 million to open in the next four to five years. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, Sep. 5, 2018
Trump’s Birtherism in Texas
Héctor Tobar, associate professor at the University of California, Irvine, writes, “Mr. Trump’s skepticism is now government policy. According to a report in The Washington Post, his administration is forcing hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lifelong American citizens of Latino descent to prove they are citizens. … Many of the people caught in this web are residents of South Texas who’ve applied for passports or tried to renew them. … Being an American gives me the right to say this: The United States is headed for perdition if we allow our government to strip hundreds of Texans of their citizenship.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Fox News, Sep. 5, 2018
‘Vegetarian’ shark discovery: First omnivorous species of sea predator stuns scientists
“We were absolutely surprised to find that the bonnethead sharks were taking an omnivorous digestive strategy,” Samantha Leigh, a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Irvine and the study’s lead author, told Fox News. … “We have always thought of sharks as strict carnivores, but the bonnethead is throwing a wrench into that idea by digesting a fair amount of the seagrass that they consume,” Leigh told Fox News.

The New Republic, Sep. 4, 2018
The other political correctness
The second trend is that China has grown more repressive on issues of freedom of speech, both domestically and globally. … This is a “disorienting” change, said Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a historian of modern China at the University of California, Irvine. “We felt that things were moving in the direction where there would be less and less need to watch what you said in China, because in the 1990s until the early 2000s there was less reason to be careful.” Instead, a period of tightening has replaced that loosening.

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