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NBC4, Feb. 22, 2019 (Video)
Humans and Plants Are Alike: Males Don’t Listen to Females, Scientists Say
“There’s obvious parallels you can draw from stereotypes about humans, and relative listening abilities of males and females,” said Dr. Kailen Mooney, professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Biological Sciences. “But in the case of plants, it actually makes sense to us from an evolutionary perspective.”

Time (AP), Feb. 22, 2019
California Parents of 13 Found Living in Squalor Plead Guilty to Torture and Abuse
The guilty pleas could help with the challenges the children face, especially since many abuse survivors struggle with feelings of self-doubt, said Jessica Borelli, a clinical psychologist and professor at University of California, Irvine. “It is a pretty clear affirmation of how they were mistreated,” Borelli said. “If there is any part of them that needs validation that how they were treated was wrong and was abuse, this is it.”

USA Today, Feb. 24, 2019
Man wrongfully convicted of double murder gets $21 million settlement after nearly four decades in prison
[Craig] Coley’s prison term, at nearly 39 years, is the longest in California for someone whose conviction has been overturned, according to the National Registry of Exonerations, a project involving UC Irvine and the law schools of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Coley’s time behind bars is the 10th-longest nationwide for a proven wrongful conviction case, according to the registry’s extensive database.

Fast Company, Feb. 25, 2019
Everything you think you know about corporate tax incentives is wrong
Amihai Glazer, professor of economics, University of California, Irvine writes, “In my own research as an economist studying corporate welfare, I have found and reviewed much evidence on the effectiveness of tax and other incentives. My conclusion: Incentives just don’t work.”

Daily Hunt, Feb. 24, 2019
Therapy dogs can be helpful in treating ADHD symptoms
The study involved children aged 7 to 9 who had been diagnosed with ADHD and who had never taken medicines for their condition. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine in the US randomised participants to compare benefits from evidenced-based, “best practice” psychosocial interventions with the same intervention augmented by the assistance of certified therapy dogs. … Sabrina Schuck, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, said “Our finding that dogs can hasten the treatment response is very meaningful.”

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