UCI News

The Washington Post, July 31, 2018
Want a less partisan senator? Elect a former governor.
[Poli sci Ph.D. alumna] Misty Knight-Finlay and Alex Keena, write, “Voters in six states this year will have a chance to put a former governor in the Senate. … On the campaign trail, several of these candidates have told voters that they won’t be afraid to stand up to their party when they disagree. … Candidates make noises like this all the time in an effort to show how principled they are. But our recent research suggests there may actually be something to these pronouncements.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Quartz, Aug. 1, 2018
Scientists say a new climate trend makes perfect wildfire conditions more common
Amir AghaKouchak, a University of California-Irvine professor who co-authored the study, warned that the upward trend in the number and intensity of wildfires will likely continue, due to a combination of worsening climate change and population growth.

Romper, Aug. 1, 2018
8 Reasons Free-Range Parenting Doesn’t Make Me Lazy, Thank You Very Much
Researchers from University of California, Irvine found that people think kids left unattended are more unsafe when they also judge their parents for doing something people deem morally wrong. In the study, two kids placed in the exact same scenarios (like going to the park alone) were deemed more safe if mom left on accident than if she had to go to work or was having an affair.

Orange County Register, July 31, 2018
Titan Voice: Grad’s data-driven vision could help those most in need
I am especially interested in statistical aspects of clinical trials and study design focused on helping high-need communities. Coming from a developing country myself, I am aware of how far the small gestures of a study, such as giving free examinations during the process of collecting data, can go in high-need communities. … I have elected to pursue a Ph.D. in statistics at UC Irvine in the fall of 2019, and with that, I will continue the journey of making my dream come true. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Men’s Journal, Aug. 1, 2018
How Letting It Go Can Impact Your Health

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine surveyed more than 1,000 people, asking them to document their daily stress caused by things like an argument, a work issue or something bad happening to a friend, as well their physical activities, for about a week. They found that those who habitually let go of negative emotions have better overall health later in life.

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