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Los Angeles Times, Aug. 31, 2015
Drought and heat waves are much more likely to mix, researchers say
“Despite an apparent hiatus in rising temperature and no significant trend in droughts, we show a substantial increase in concurrent droughts and heatwaves across most parts of the United States,” wrote Omid Mazdiyasni and Amir AghaKouchak, who study climate and hydrology trends at UC Irvine.

Southern California Public Radio, Aug. 31, 2015
How has the tone of immigration debate changed over the decades?
How has the tone of political rhetoric changed over the decades? How does language impact policy and public opinion? Guests: Leo Chavez, professor of anthropology at UC Irvine with a focus in migration, media and discourse analysis

MSNBC, Aug. 31, 2015
The Rust Belt: Once mighty cities in decline
[Andrew] Highsmith, an assistant professor of history at University of California, Irvine, said that to understand Flint’s transformation and economic trajectory is to understand the historically outsized role GM played in shaping almost every aspect of life in the city.

Los Angeles Times, Sep. 1, 2015
Is Donald Trump more than just a political fad?
“Trumpism isn’t anything without Trump,” said UC Irvine’s David S. Meyer …. Personal charisma or, absent that, an ability to draw widespread attention, is crucial to any insurgent candidate and, Trump … has proved an unparalleled master of self-promotion. “But,” as Meyer pointed out, “it only takes you so far.”

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 31, 2015
California’s death penalty hangs in the balance
UC Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky would like to see Carney’s ruling upheld but acknowledged that the procedural hurdles appear daunting. … “I think this court could decide the case on procedural reasons rather than the 8th Amendment,” Chemerinsky said.