UCI News

The Huffington Post, Sept. 25, 2017
A Defense of Free Speech
In Free Speech on Campus, Erwin Chemerinsky (dean and professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law) and Howard Gillman (chancellor and professor of law, political science, and history at the University of California, Irvine) examine the tension between protecting free expression and promoting a safe, supportive learning environment for members of minority groups.

The Washington Post, Sept. 25, 2017
NFL owners who donated to Trump have fewer black executives than other teams
Michael Tesler, associate professor of political science at UC Irvine, writes: “In the past 10 days, President Trump’s comments about three prominent African American sports figures has made the sports world a racially charged political battleground.”

Orange County Register, Sept. 23, 2017
How California might look if it was 100 percent carbon neutral
UC Irvine researcher Jack Brouwer, a professor of mechanical engineering, said SB 100 didn’t go far enough. Under a bill focused on decarbonizing the electric grid, homes could move more toward electrifying appliances which could be a lifestyle shift for some Californians, Brouwer said. One area of research he focuses on is the power-to-gas model, which uses solar energy and pure water to store energy as hydrogen for longer periods of time.

Financial Times, Sept. 24, 2017
Hong Kong students clash over right to back independence
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a professor of Chinese history at the University of California, Irvine, says that because of the Chinese government’s “enduring paranoid streak” it is likely to respond to the growing talk of independence by cracking down harder. However, that will only make the problem worse, he warns. “If Hong Kong’s autonomy keeps eroding, that will increase the attractiveness for some people in thinking about and using the terminology of independence,” he says. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Guardian, Sept. 23, 2017
‘Some days I think I was molested, others I’m not sure’: inside a case of repressed memory
Sitting in her office in the University of California, Irvine, [Elizabeth] Loftus speaks with the confidence of a woman at the end of a long and distinguished career. … In Loftus’s mind, memory is like a Wikipedia page: anyone can add to it or, with the right factors, rewrite it. One of her key discoveries was proving that people will recall events differently, depending on how they are questioned, whether by a psychologist or a police officer.

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