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The New York Times, April 29, 2019
Xi Praises a Student Protest in China. From 100 Years Ago.
“Even authoritarian states have to have some kind of story they tell the people about why they deserve to rule,” said Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. The May 4 story of national awakening served Mr. Xi’s promise of a “new era” of confident Chinese power, Professor Wasserstrom added. “You can see why a tightly controlled version of May 4 could serve this kind of new-era rhetoric.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Spectrum News, April 30, 2019 (Video)
Innovative Asthma Monitoring Device Could Predict Attacks Before They Occur
According to the American Lung Association, more than six million children in the United States suffer from asthma. Thankfully, there could an innovative new way for parents and kids to stay on top of the condition. A researcher and professor at the University of California Irvine has created a way to monitor breathing while on-the-go. Medical Engineering Professor Michelle Khine says she created the device dubbed the “breathing bandage” after her own son was born with a collapsed lung. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Mercury News, April 30, 2019
Opinion: When Will We Get Over Our Fear of Math
In his landmark study, Greg Duncan, a renowned professor of education at the University of California, Irvine, found that elementary math skills are more important than any other subject in predicting a child’s long-term success. Specifically, a child’s kindergarten math scores are the best predictor of his or her third-grade math and reading scores.  More importantly, math best develops a child’s ability to accept, analyze and execute complex ideas. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Science Blog, April 30, 2019
‘Sticks And Stones . . .’ But Words Can Indeed Hurt You
Words can hurt or help a person’s psychological well-being, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine. Researchers found that the effects of negative and positive political rhetoric about immigration… elicited a range of corresponding emotions associated with lower or higher levels of stress and overall health in Mexican Americans. “Negative political rhetoric adversely affected the mental health and physical well-being of the targets, causing feelings of hurt, anger and distress,” said Leo Chavez, UCI professor of anthropology and lead author of the study, published in Social Science & Medicine.

New Atlas, April 29, 2019
Squid-inspired material keeps the heat – or loses it
[UCI] Assoc. Prof. Alon Gorodetsky, co-author of the paper [said] “Our invention could lead to clothing that adjusts to suit the comfort of each person indoors. This could result in potential savings of 30 to 40 percent on heating and air conditioning energy use.”

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