The Orange County Register, Sept. 22, 2023

All hands on deck for move-in day at UC Irvine

UC Irvine students will be settling into their new homes – for the next nine months – this weekend before the start of Welcome Week activities and then the new academic year. On Friday, the mass migration got started with families dropping off their students – and all their things – at the Mesa Court and Middle Earth residences. Chancellor Howard Gillman was there in the morning to help with move-in day, as loads of belongings were carted in. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here:]

The New York Times, Sept. 27, 2023 (Opinion)

Opinion: ‘This Is Going to Be the Most Important Election Since 1860’

Martin Wattenberg, [professor of political science] at the University of California, Irvine, argued by email that generational change will be a key factor in the election. Between 2020 and 2024, “about 13 million adult citizens will have died” and “these lost voters favored Trump in 2020 by a substantial margin.”  … Wattenberg estimated that 15 million young people will become eligible to vote between 2020 and 2024. “How many of them will vote and how they will vote is a key uncertainty that could determine the election,” he wrote. “Given recent patterns, there is little doubt that those that vote will favor the Democratic nominee. But by how much?” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here:]

The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 22, 2023 (Opinion)

Opinion: Bidenomics Is Keynesianism Without Constraints

Richard B. McKenzie, UCI professor emeritus of economics writes,.” Keynesianism, [John Maynard Keynes’s macroeconomic principles, developed in the 1930s], persuaded policy makers of the benefit of beefed-up government spending via greater deficit spending, and it is largely faulted for the increase in deficits before 1980 but not for the deficit surge thereafter. Deficits over recent decades have evolved into a distorted form of Keynesianism, which the president now proudly touts as “Bidenomics.” … Yet Bidenomics is no longer tethered to the Keynesians’ limited goal of full employment or even economic reality. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here:]

Fox News, Sept. 25, 2023

Less than half of nurses are ‘fully engaged’ at work, while many are ‘unengaged,’ new report reveals

The report’s findings highlight the need to provide nurses with more opportunities for staff development, engagement with leadership and autonomous nursing practice, according to Candice Whealon, an advanced practice registered nurse and assistant clinical professor at the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing [at UCI] in Irvine, California. … “Nurses typically work in fast-paced, high-stress environments,” Whealon told Fox News Digital. “To increase engagement, they must be given time and opportunities to participate in decision-making.” 

KUNC, Sept. 26, 2023

Clean air progress is being reversed by wildfire smoke, study says

“The gestalt is that wildfires in the U.S. are increasing in terms of frequency, intensity, duration, acres burned, and that’s negatively impacting air quality in the United States,” said Ann Marie Carlton, a professor of chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. Carlton explained that when wildfires burn, they release a tiny particulate matter called PM 2.5. It contributes to air pollution, as well as increases health risks like cancer and heart attacks.