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The Weather Channel UK, July 29, 2015

Greenland ice

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory battled rough waters and an onslaught of icebergs for three summers to map for the first time the remote channels below Greenland’s glaciers that flow into the ocean.

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Vice, July 29, 2015

The people who can perfectly remember every single day of their lives

James McGaugh, at the University of California, Irvine, was the first to discover this phenomenon in 2006 …. Aurora LePort, a doctoral candidate at UCI’s Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory … wrote … “You give them a date, and their response is immediate. The day of the week just comes out of their minds; they don’t even think about it. They can do this for so many dates, and they’re 99 percent accurate. It never gets old.”

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Orange County Register, , July 29, 2015

Robotics campers combine art, technology

“This is not like a traditional robotics camp, which usually has a goal like having a robot complete a maze,” said Beall Center artistic director and curator David Familian. “We really let them free so they can explore the materials in a creative way.” During this course offered by the Summer Academies in the Arts at UCI, students learned programming and code through creation of a robot with reactive behaviors.

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Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2015

With ruling on marriage equality, fight for gay families is next

The battle over LGBT equality is far from over. But the court’s embrace of marriage equality takes a stand for sexual-orientation equality, and it should mean that ultimately lesbian and gay families will receive equal treatment under the law. Douglas NeJaime is a law professor at UC Irvine.

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The Huffington Post, July 29, 2015

How poverty stunts kids’ brain development

Greg Duncan, an economist at the University of California, Irvine and author of the book Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education … [said] “What studies like this suggest is that cutting benefit levels in programs that support low income families may have consequences for kids’ brain development. That makes it very scary indeed.”

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CNBC, July 28, 2015

China won’t lead us out of this global slowdown: Pro

Discussing China’s economy and the impact it has on global markets with Peter Navarro, professor of economics & public policy at University of California, Irvine, and David Riedel, Riedel Research Group, president & founder.

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OC Weekly, July 28, 2015

New report forecasts more jobs, but with crap pay, in OC’s future economy

A new report released yesterday says Orange County’s economy is destined for growth and inequality. More Jobs, Less Opportunity is a joint effort between the UC Irvine Community Labor Project and Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD). It had its big unveiling in the meeting room of Santa Ana Public Library. Academics, community organizers and politicians packed the house, a veritable who’s-who of progressive OC.

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SiriusXM, July 28, 2015

Jennifer Lee on affirmative action and Asian Americans

Jennifer Lee is professor of sociology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine also the co-author of The Asian American Achievement Paradox. … You have written why Asian Americans shouldn’t chuck affirmative action out the window ….

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Bloomberg, July 28, 2015

A world where man beats machine

The role of globalization is limited, though, because it’s not only the U.S. where the job market is tightening. Countries including Japan and Germany have seen their workforces top out. Even China faces what Feng Wang, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, calls an “aging tsunami” that eventually will lead to a contraction of its labor supply.

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Nature, July 28, 2015

NASA launches mission to Greenland

Work by Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) participant Eric Rignot, a glaciologist at the University of California, Irvine, underscores the importance of detailed data. Using sonar data from one part of western Greenland, Rignot’s team found that existing maps underestimate the depth of three fjords by several hundred meters. … “With OMG, we are going to reveal the depth of these fjords,” says Rignot.

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The New York Times, July 27, 2015

Raising floor for minimum wage pushes economy into the unknown

Others, like David Neumark, an economist at the University of California, Irvine who has long emphasized the costs of minimum wage increases, argue that it would be far more efficient to help lift people out of poverty using wage subsidies like the earned-income tax credit than to rely on the minimum wage, which frequently helps workers in families whose incomes are already above the poverty level.

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The Washington Post, July 27, 2015

Tragedy of ‘golden’ daughter’s fall resonates with Asian immigrant children

It’s a mistake to take one case and generalize or stereotype, noted Jennifer Lee, a sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine who specializes in Asian American life in America. And she said, it would be a mistake to attribute Pan’s troubles to “tiger parenting.” … “It’s so easy to blame immigrant parents,” said Lee, who co-authored the recently released book The Asian American Achievement Paradox.

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