UCI News

The Washington Post, Sept. 25, 2019
Why are Republicans silent about the Ukraine whistleblower scandal? This one chart explains.
Michael Tesler, associate professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine writes, “It’s hardly a surprise, then, why Republicans have turned a blind eye to the president’s alleged misconduct. As long as politicians prize power and popularity more than principles, few Republicans will condemn Trump heading into an election year, no matter how serious the alleged transgression.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, Sept. 22, 2019
Some birth tourism operators prosecuted, others still woo pregnant women to Southern California
Leo Chavez, a UC Irvine professor who specializes on migration issues, said cases of potential fraud should be investigated and the guilty punished, but that shouldn’t lead to a move against birthright citizenship, which grants automatic U.S. citizenship. “There may be a few who take advantage of it but that’s a small proportion. We shouldn’t lose sight that birthright citizenship makes us a great nation,” said Chavez, whose most recent book is “Anchor Babies and the Challenge of Birthright Citizenship.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KPCC, Sept. 24, 2019 (Audio)
California-China Climate Institute, UCI Firetracker, Well Of Scribes
Wildfires can be very unpredictable —flames and embers could be tossed around by winds, igniting plants and homes for miles around. But researchers at UC-Irvine are working on a system that if perfected could predict how a blaze spreads. In turn, that could help firefighters know where to go ahead of time and extinguish sparks before they burn. Guest: Shane Coffield, UC Irvine. [starts 15:03]

Take Care, Sept. 25, 2019
Opinion: A Duplicitous Playbook: June Medical Services v. Gee and the New Jane Crow
Michele Goodwin, director of the Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine School of Law writes, “What is clear in June Medical as with the other antiabortion measures making their way through the courts is that these targeted regulations of abortion providers (TRAP laws) have nothing to do with protecting women or their health. Instead they seek preserve the old Jane Crow way of being, which denied women equal opportunity, citizenship, and independence.”

Insider, Sept. 25, 2019
A deadly fungal infection that spreads through dust is on the rise in the southwestern U.S., and scientists warn the north may be next
And now, new data shows the disease could spread even further than scientists thought possible in the next century, according to research published August 30 in GeoHealth. … Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, used existing data of valley fever cases to create a model of what conditions were best for the fungus. … The study predicted that valley fever cases could increase by as much as 50% by the year 2100, and the area it affects could double.

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