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The New York Times, April 17, 2022
A Violent Crisis
Community-police relations are also still fraught, especially in minority neighborhoods. “If there is a fundamental breakdown in the community, the police are simply not going to be able to do an effective job,” said Charis Kubrin, [professor of criminology, law and society], at the University of California, Irvine. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

AARP, April 15, 2022
Your 50 Top Health Questions Answered
What’s the number one thing I can do to help prevent dementia? Be in bed by 10 p.m. “The earlier you get to sleep, the more slow-wave sleep you’ll get,” says Sara Mednick, a professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine, and author of The Power of the Downstate. Slow-wave sleep (SWS) supercharges brain health, clearing away toxins and other buildup that cause dementia, as well as developing connections between areas of the brain to create stronger memories.

Harvard Business Review, April 18, 2022
The Best Leaders Have a Contagious Positive Energy
Research by UC Irvine professor Sarah Pressman shows that the need for positive social connection is so great that the lack of it is worse for your health than smoking, obesity, or high blood pressure and reduces longevity. In contrast, positive social connection can not only lengthen our life, but also strengthen our immune system and lower rates of anxiety and depression. In organizations, these effects are magnified through the leader.

KCET, April 15, 2022
Can Environmental Justice Be Baked Into City Planning? Santa Ana Votes on Tuesday
The law is the first of its kind in the nation to incorporate environmental justice into urban planning documents, according to Michael Méndez …. “Urban planning generally has an uneasy relationship with environmental justice,” said Méndez, assistant professor of urban planning and public policy at University of California, Irvine. “Poor planning decisions have historically heightened the environmental contamination in low-income communities and communities of color, specifically here in California. … Environmental justice was always an optional chapter, but this law now makes it a required chapter or element in the General Plan.”

WalletHub, April 15, 2022
States Whose Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most
Marion Aouad, Ph.D., UCI assistant professor of economics, writes, “In a post-coronavirus job market, I believe that skills in the healthcare field will be in demand. This is due in part to the huge impact the coronavirus pandemic had on public health and the subsequent impact on the exit of healthcare professionals from the field. … Other skill sets that hold strong labor market promise are construction and trade skills. … Lastly, as big data becomes ever more commonplace, computer programming skills will remain in high demand.”

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