UCI News

Southern California Public Radio, Sept. 26, 2017
An earlier presidential primary would hand California Democrats more political power
“I think they have two concerns,” says Louis DeSipio, professor of political science at UC Irvine. “California leans Democratic, and Republicans in the state probably don’t want Democrats to have a disproportionate voice in selecting one of the party nominees.” … “This bill would also move the primary date forward for other statewide races so it would extend the election season by several months,” DeSipio says.

Discover, Sept. 26, 2017
The weak underbelly of a giant Antarctic ice sheet just lost a berg more than four times the size of Manhattan
Here’s how I described it in a story for Discover magazine’s Year-in-Science issue: … The research suggests that for a large portion of WAIS, this process “has passed the point of no return,” says Eric Rignot of the University of California, Irvine, the lead author of one of the studies. That means the ice sheet is now in irreversible retreat, and steps to slow global warming won’t stop the ice sheet from raising the sea level 10 feet, swamping cities. But there is a silver lining: Full collapse may take centuries, perhaps providing time to move populations at risk out of the way.

Phys.org, Sept. 27, 2017
Teens’ online friendships just as meaningful as face-to-face ones, study finds
Many parents worry about how much time teenagers spend texting, sharing selfies and engaging in other online activities with their friends … “Increased peer interaction in cyberspace has led to growing concern that today’s adolescent friendships are now less intimate and an inadequate substitute for those back in the day that took place in person,” said Stephanie Reich, UCI associate professor of education and co-author of the study.

The Guardian, Sept. 27, 2017
If we don’t focus on why people overeat, we will never solve obesity
Matthew Harding, associate professor of economics at the University of California Irvine, has studied how prices affect consumer behavior. In a study published earlier this year that examined data on 123m supermarket transactions, he and his colleagues simulated the effects of various types of taxes.

OC Weekly, Sept. 27, 2017
Tustin Votes For Non-Toxic Pilot Program—So Why Aren’t Non-Toxic Groups Celebrating?
Dr. Bruce Blumberg, a professor of developmental and cell biology at UC Irvine (also one of the members of Non-Toxic Irvine), gave a presentation on the science of endocrine disruption—an interference of any aspect of hormone action caused by exogenous chemical or mixture of chemicals. According to Blumberg, who cited the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, there are well over 50 endocrine disrupters people are regularly exposed to, including toxic herbicides like 2,4D and glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Round Up.

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