UCI News

The New York Times, Sept. 11, 2015
California legislature approves assisted suicide
“As soon as this is introduced, it immediately becomes the cheapest and most expedient way to deal with complicated end-of-life situations,” Dr. Kheriaty [UCI] said. “You’re seeing the push for assisted suicide from generally white, upper-middle-class people, who are least likely to be pressured. You’re not seeing support from the underinsured and economically marginalized. Those people want access to better health care.”

Mother Jones, Sept. 12, 2015
Jerry Brown should sign California’s assisted-suicide bill
Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, director of the medical ethics program at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, said that low-income and underinsured patients would inevitably feel pressure from family members to end their own lives in some cases, when the cost of continued treatment would be astronomical compared with the cost of a few lethal pills.

Vox, Sept. 12, 2015
Is college worth it? A huge new federal database reveals the answer depends on the college.
The White House used the data to identify “engines of opportunity” – colleges that enroll a large share of low-income students, don’t charge them a high price, and graduate them successfully. Among those colleges are the University of California, Irvine and the State University of New York at Albany.

The Atlantic, October 2015
Can DNA evidence solve a 30-year-old crime?
DNA evidence’s justified reputation for extreme, impartial precision is also what makes it dangerous. … “Everyone will admit that contamination occurs,” says William C. Thompson, a DNA-evidence expert at the University of California, Irvine. “But people vary in their opinions of how common it is.”

Bloomberg Business, Sept. 10, 2015
Harriet Tubman for new $10 note, say historians
Bill Maurer, a cultural anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine, who participated in the same gathering, said …. “We actually had people of African descent on currency in the past, but it has been people who were represented as slaves and these were on Confederate bank notes,” Maurer said.