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The New York Times (AP), April 22, 2018
Times a changin’? Why America is ripe for protest in 2018
Protests are “what America is all about. But this is bigger and more volatile” than in the recent past, said David S. Meyer, a professor at the University of California, Irvine and author of “The Politics of Protest: Social Movements in America.” “We’re in a moment where people are frustrated with institutional politics and where people see urgent issues that need addressing and for a moment they believe that taking action can make a difference,” he said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Washington Post, April 22, 2018
Opioid deaths prompt Ohio to reimagine classroom lessons, starting with kindergarten
The long-term effects of drug education are difficult to measure. Tim Bruckner, an associate professor of public health at the University of California at Irvine who has analyzed prevention programs in other states but is not familiar with Ohio’s efforts, said effectiveness is based on many conditions, including funding, enforcement of best practices and engaging, interactive delivery. “It’s really hard to change people’s behavior or delay initiation of adverse behavior,” he said.

Knowledge@Wharton, April 20, 2018
What Brands Can Learn from Starbucks’ Crisis Response
Mary Gilly, senior associate dean and marketing professor at the University of California at Irvine, said the incident was inconsistent with her research on how customers are treated in places like Starbucks. “Managers were very reluctant to ever ask patrons to leave even if they had already finished consuming products or not even consumed at all, even when it was crowded and other customers who wanted a seat and couldn’t find one complained to them,” she said.

Reader’s Digest, April 22, 2018
60 Things Every Caregiver Needs to Know
The University of California, Irvine, Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect found that 47 percent of dementia caregivers mistreated their patient. In another study, 60 percent of caregivers reported they had been verbally abusive, and 5 to 10 percent reported they were physically abusive. Fourteen percent said they were neglectful.

The Hechinger Report, April 23, 2018
Does a lack of executive function explain why some kids fall way behind in school?
Executive function — a sort of air traffic controller of the brain — has been one of the hottest topics in education circles over the past 15 years. … The study by six researchers at Penn State and the University of California, Irvine, “Executive Functions Deficits in Kindergarten Predict Repeated Academic Difficulties Across Elementary School,” was presented earlier this month at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in New York.

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