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ABC, December 19, 2014

Have mirror neurons been oversold?

Greg Hickok, a professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine … is skeptical about the mirror neuron theory. … He questions the interpretation of what mirror neurons do, and how widely the theory has been applied in neuroscience.

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The Nation, December 19, 2014

Mass incarceration’s collateral damage: The children left behind

Kristin Turney, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine … found that children with incarcerated parents were three times more likely to suffer from depression or behavioral problems than the average American child, and twice as likely to suffer from learning disabilities and anxiety.

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The Guardian, December 19, 2014

Lessons to learn as U.S. and Cuba relations thaw

For decades, American policy towards Cuba has been hijacked by a small cartel of politicos in Florida and their wealthy benefactors. The US embargo is estimated to have cost the Cuban economy close to a trillion dollars over its 53-year span …. President Obama’s decision is courageous, and long overdue.  – Luis Suarez-Villa, professor emeritus, University of California, Irvine, USA.

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Jewish Journal, December 19, 2014

Finding the silver lining in another BDS loss

In recent years, UC Irvine’s administration has worked to make sure that anti-Israel activism is “in line with campus codes of conduct.”

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Science, December 19, 2014

U.S. patent office floats new biotech-friendly guidelines

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is taking another crack at how it evaluates inventions derived from nature. … But while it’s eager to satisfy the applicants that keep it in business, USPTO also has to respect often murky directions handed down from the courts, says Dan Burk, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine.

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Orange County Register, December 19, 2014

Rental boutique for Indian saris thrives by making tradition easier than ever

Twin sisters Riddhi and Siddhi Khara were in this predicament, each earning an MBA at UC Irvine and struggling to find up-to-date fashionable saris for a decent price, when the idea of a sari rental company came to them. Borrow It Bindaas was born in 2011 and the idea has taken off.

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The Christian Science Monitor, December 18, 2014

Are small business owners getting short-changed by banks?

“The biggest factor was the idea that these credit card users were sophisticated financial consumers who could both understand the complex terms of credit card contracts and walk away to better options if they did not like the terms they were being offered,” David Min, assistant professor of banking law at the University of California, Irvine.

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The Wall Street Journal, December 18, 2014

Prospects for quick Cuban sugar comeback not so sweet

For Cuba to compete with heavyweights like Brazil – the source of around one-fifth of the world’s sugar, it would need significant investments …. Steven C. Topik, a Latin American history professor at the University of California, Irvine, who studies the history of agricultural commodities in the region. “I don’t think they could have the kind of dominance they had in the past.”

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The Sacramento Bee, December 18, 2014

UC tuition increase can broaden access for California students

The proposal to increase tuition with targeted increases in financial aid can both increase access and enhance quality. … Andrew J. Policano is director of the Center for Investment and Wealth Management at the University of California, Irvine.

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Bloomberg Businessweek, December 18, 2014

The world’s biggest car company wants to get rid of gasoline

Toyota’s Mirai … runs on the most abundant element in the universe and emits only heat and water …. “This is not an alternative to a gasoline vehicle,” says Scott Samuelsen, an engineer and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. “This is a quantum step up.”

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Daily Pilot, December 18, 2014

UCI study suggests higher minimum wages ‘destroy jobs’

A new UC Irvine-led study is the latest salvo in a longstanding fight over the minimum wage …. David Neumark, a co-author of the paper and a UCI Chancellor’s Professor of Economics, said … “It turns out that it doesn’t matter. Higher minimum wages do destroy jobs.”

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Bloomberg Business, December 18, 2014

California drought needs 17 million Olympic-sized pools

“Space-borne and airborne measurements of Earth’s changing shape, surface height and gravity field now allow us to measure and analyze key features of droughts better than ever before,” Jay Famiglietti, a water scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a University of California, Irvine hydrologist, said in the statement.

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