UCI News

USA Today, Sept. 1, 2015
Partners in crime: U.S. heat waves, droughts occurring together more frequently
The double whammy of overlapping droughts and heat waves is happening more frequently than it used to, according to a new study by climate scientists. “Heat waves can kill people and crops while worsening air quality, and droughts exacerbate those serious impacts,” said lead author Amir AghaKouchak, an environmental engineer from the University of California, Irvine.

Associated Press, Sept. 2, 2015
California DOJ to unveil website with law enforcement data
The office has also reached out to … the University of California, Irvine and the University of Southern California to have their criminal justice and law professors and data scientists analyze the information and provide further details that could help improve law enforcement practices.

Orange County Register, Sept. 1, 2015
What’s in your kid’s school lunch? How to pack a healthy meal for your student
One of the first steps to ensuring your child eats well is to send a lunch from home instead of relying on school-bought meals, says Katie Rankell, a registered dietitian at UC Irvine. … “In general, school lunches tend to be heavier in carbs, and there’s a lot more added fats, whether that’s from mac and cheese, a hamburger or fried chicken nuggets,” Rankell says.

HealthDay, Sept. 2, 2015
Acupuncture might help ease high blood pressure
The researchers found that blood pressure levels declined slightly in a small group of patients treated 30 minutes a week …. “Potentially, blood pressure can be kept low with a monthly follow-up treatment,” said study co-author Dr. John Longhurst, a cardiologist at the University of California, Irvine.

Orange County Register, Sept. 1, 2015
Water money flows to city officials
The situation raises several issues, said UC Irvine political science professor Mark Petracca. Payments of $20,000 and $40,000 a year for directors “would be peanuts” if this was a Fortune 500 company, Petracca said – but it’s not. It’s a water utility, and that “seems like quite a bit of money.”