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The New York Times, Sep. 6, 2018
The Omnivorous Sharks That Eat Grass
In 2007, researchers first reported that the digestive tracts of bonnethead sharks caught in the Gulf of Mexico were full of sea grass, up to 62 percent of the contents by weight. At the time, some reasoned that the grass might have been ingested incidentally, as the sharks dove for scurrying prey in the meadows. But Samantha Leigh, a graduate student at the University of California, Irvine, and lead author of the paper, and her colleagues wondered whether there was more to it.

CNN Money, Sep. 7, 2018
The case for and against gender quotas on corporate boards
But in the United States, companies are loathe to institute gender and diversity requirements for membership, even as representation numbers continue to lag. Margarethe Wiersema, professor of management at the University of California-Irvine, says the reason behind the hesitancy is very simple: Americans don’t like being told what to do. “Europe is so far ahead of us. It’s like we’re in the Dark Ages on this,” she says. “I think it has to do with the mentality.”

Reuters, Sep. 6, 2018
Type of weight loss surgery matters for people with severe obesity
While more research is still needed with longer-term outcomes, results from the current study and other research to date suggest that what’s best for severely obese patients may be different than what’s ideal for people who aren’t quite as obese, said Dr. Brian Smith of UC Irvine Health in Orange, California.

Parenting OC – Ask the Expert, Sep. 2018
Long-term Consequences of Teen Smoking
Jennifer Kane, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine writes: “Tobacco use during pregnancy poses considerable risk to both mother and fetus … and is associated with low birth weight. …Those [mothers] who smoked prior to pregnancy were eight times more likely to smoke while pregnant. Therefore, we conclude that programs to prevent adolescent uptake of smoking should be redoubled.” [You can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Times, Sep. 7, 2018
Former UC Irvine vice chancellor committed sex discrimination by paying women less than men, review finds
Thomas A. Parham left his post as vice chancellor of student affairs in June to become president of Cal State Dominguez Hills. The review, which was obtained by The Times, found that Parham violated university nondiscrimination policies by refusing to pay an assistant vice chancellor and the directors of two campus centers as much as male counterparts. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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