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NBC4, April 18, 2018
Starbucks Provides Racial Bias Training After Accusations of Discrimination
“Studies demonstrate that most of us, regardless of our race, unconsciously associate black men with criminality and white men with innocence.” From her research UC Irvine Law School Dean L. Song Richardson concludes such bias cannot be simply trained away. “I was happy to hear actually that Starbucks is not just doing these unconscious bias trainings but that they are going to look at their entire organization and see if there are institutional changes that they can make.” [starts at 1:03]

The New York Times, April 18, 2018
Can Training Eliminate Biases? Starbucks Will Test the Thesis
Some experts argue that the most effective way to eliminate unconscious bias is to limit the extent to which people engage in automatic, reflexive thinking. … In a study involving the Seattle Police Department …. “We were getting the police officers to slow down their thinking,” said Emily Owens, an economist at the University of California, Irvine, who was one of the researchers. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Conversation, April 19, 2018
Climate change could alter ocean food chains, leading to far fewer fish in the sea
Jefferson Keith Moore, Professor of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine writes, “In a recent study, I worked with colleagues from five universities and laboratories to examine how climate warming out to the year 2300 could affect marine ecosystems and global fisheries.”

Mom.me, April 18, 2018
Who Gets Custody of an Embryo If the Marriage Falls Apart?
“It invites people becoming parents against their will, which is the part that’s unconstitutional, unethical and highly problematic,” Michele Goodwin, director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy for the University of California, Irvine, told Vice. “It’s deeply politicized.”

Well+Good, April 18, 2018
Why is long-term weight loss so hard? These scary chemicals are partly to blame
“Doctors tell us it’s all about calories in, calories out, and that all calories are the same. And it’s not true,” says Bruce Blumberg, PhD, professor of developmental and cell biology and pharmaceutical sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He helped coin the term “obesogen” in 2006, and his new book, The Obesogen Effect, takes a closer look at what we know about them ….

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