UCI News

The New York Times, Dec. 18, 2018 (Opinion)
Bye-Bye, Jersey Gerrymander
Over the past two years at the colleges in the initiative reporting data, the number of students receiving federal Pell Grants has risen to almost 218,000 from 210,000. … The initiative has vowed to get this number to 260,000 by 2025 — which means it will need to pick up the pace in coming years. Among the colleges that have made progress is the University of California, Irvine, which was already a leader and has become even more of one by increasing the number of transfers it takes from community colleges. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Orange County Register, Dec. 17, 2018
UC Irvine leads in nationwide effort to get more lower-income students into top colleges
The report is an update by the American Talent Initiative, a group of more than 100 top colleges in the nation, including UCI, founded in 2016 that are pushing to enroll more students from low- and moderate-income backgrounds. The group wants 50,000 more of those students to attend top colleges by 2025, saying a college diploma is crucial to economic and social mobility. “Higher education institutions have an obligation to reach out to overlooked communities and create a pipeline for them,” UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman said in the university’s release. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

National Public Radio, Dec. 14, 2018
Swahili Speakers Debate Disney’s Trademark of ‘Hakuna Matata’ For T-Shirts
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is a Kenyan writer and professor of comparative literature at the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He writes in Gikuyu and Swahili and has written and spoken extensively on African language. Thiong’o says he is “horrified” by Disney’s claim on the phrase, even though the trademark had a specific business goal and just covers T-shirts. “It would be like trademarking ‘good morning’ or ‘it is raining cats and dogs’ in the case of English,” he says. “It’s a common phrase we use every other day. No company can own it.”

Medium, Dec. 17, 2018
Why Reply-All Emails Are Always the Wrong Move
“When people wore heart rate monitors throughout the day, and when we controlled for all things that we thought would likely impact stress (job demands, job latitude, age, work role), we found that when people got on email their stress increased,” Gloria Mark, a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, who has studied the impact of email use on our psychology, told me. “When they got off email, their stress decreased.”

Daily Democrat, Dec. 17, 2018
UC campuses get $9 million in research funding
A $150,000 grant awarded to the UC Network on Child Health, Poverty and Public Policy study is allowing UC Davis, Berkeley, Irvine, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco campuses to work together to form a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of the issue while building relationships with policy makers …  The academic, financial and social-emotional difficulties faced by immigrant students in the UC system will be examined using a $270,000 grant. Researchers led by UC Irvine will attempt to find ways to diminish inequalities.

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