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Los Angeles Times, October 22, 2014

Southland’s bad-air days jump in 2014; hot, stagnant weather blamed

Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, a chemistry professor at UC Irvine who directs the research institute AirUCI, said Southern California’s upswing in bad-air days this year “is likely to be a statistically insignificant blip on a declining ozone trend.”

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Zocalo Public Square, October 22, 2014

The media can’t let us take democratic rights for granted

The media – a so-called “fourth branch of government” – has an obligation to remind us not of our partisan, ethnic, gender, or geographic identities, but of our democratic identity. … Jennifer M. Ramos is associate professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University and visiting associate researcher at UC Irvine.

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OC Weekly, October 22, 2014

Dana Rohrabacher, Lou Correa, Judge Jim Gray among UCI marijuana symposium speakers

An all-day symposium at UC Irvine Thursday is not only dedicated to one of OC Weekly‘s favorite topics (marijuana legalization), but it includes … colorful characters who have filled our pages (print and otherwise) for years (Dana Rohrabacher, Lou Correa, Judge Jim Gray and Tom Umberg).

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The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 22, 2014

Brain-training companies get advice from some academics, criticism from others

Susanne M. Jaeggi, an assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine, briefly collaborated with Lumosity several years ago …. But her name is still in Lumosity’s materials, and she has found her photo on other companies’ websites, used without her permission.

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Daily Journal, October 22, 2014

Law clinic to help low-income residents of Coachella Valley

Low-income residents of the Coachella Valley are set to get legal assistance as a result of a partnership between UC Irvine School of Law and Inland Counties Legal Services in weekend clinics kicking off Saturday. … Interaction with clients is an important part of the plan … 95 percent of the law students do pro bono work before graduating. PDF

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Background Briefing with Ian Masters, October 22, 2014

October 20 – Turkey’s apparent shift over Kobani; Media-stoked fear and paranoia over Ebola; Turkey’s reluctance to get involved militarily in Syria

Roxane Silver, a professor of psychology and social behavior, medicine and public health at the University of California, Irvine, joins us to discuss comparisons with the hysteria generated by the media over the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Forbes, October 21, 2014

Apple pay has finally arrived! Great – but here are 7 reasons it won’t be a slam-dunk success

Cash and credit cards just aren’t that hard to use. … As payments expert Bill Maurer, dean of the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, said in my Apple Pay story, “All of these mobile wallets are looking for a problem to solve.”

 

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Time, October 21, 2014

The psychology behind our collective Ebola freak-out

“There are documented cases of people misunderstanding and fearing infectious diseases going back through history,” says Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine. “Stigmatization is an old game.”

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NBC News, October 21, 2014

Trees vs. humans: In California drought, nature gets to water first

The problem is with forests that have grown denser with trees and brush over time in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. … “This doesn’t help the drought,” said Michael Goulden, a professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine, and a study co-author.

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Metro, October 21, 2014

America’s Ebola jitters felt far and wide

In the case of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, people who consumed lots of press coverage after the attacks wound up experiencing considerable stress – even more than those who were there in person, said Dr. Roxane Silver, a professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine.

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NBC Sports, October 21, 2014

2014-15 Big West preview: UC Irvine, UCSB lead highly competitive race

UC Irvine will be favored to repeat as Big West regular season champs, and UCSB could once again be the Anteaters’ greatest threat.

 

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CBS Evening News, October 20, 2014

Ebola panic spreading much faster than disease in U.S.

Public health professor Andrew Noymer studies infectious diseases at University of California, Irvine. He says people do not need to be afraid of Ebola in the U.S. “I would say the panic is harder to contain than the spread of the disease itself.”

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