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Money, Aug. 13, 2018
University of California-Irvine
At just over 50 years old, Irvine is one of the youngest campuses in the state’s public university system, but it’s already among the world’s most respected research institutions — three former faculty members have received Nobel Prizes. Undergraduates also thrive: Some 87% of freshmen go on to graduate, which MONEY found is about 28% more than the average for schools with similar student bodies. … Irvine is one of the most diverse schools in the country — 37% of the roughly 28,000  undergrads are Asian, and 25% are Hispanic. [updated correction]

The Washington Post,  Aug. 13, 2018
Retired and broke: Bankruptcy filings surging for seniors
There has been more than a two-fold increase in the rate at which older Americans file for bankruptcy protection and almost five-fold jump in the percentage of older persons in the bankruptcy system, according to the research compiled by a group that includes Deborah Thorne … and Katherine Porter of University of California Irvine School of Law. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Conversation, Aug. 13, 2018
Obesity and diabetes: 2 reasons why we should be worried about the plastics that surround us
UCI Professor Bruce Blumberg and UCI Associate Specialist Raquel Chamorro-Garcia, write, “Experiments … have shown that exposure to chemicals used in industry and found in plastics, preservatives, pesticides and flame retardants, just to name a few, may be important contributors to the growing number of metabolic disorders – including obesity. One of the research goals in my lab is to identify environmental chemicals that may contribute to these increased rates of metabolic diseases and to decipher the mechanisms through which they act.”

Wired, Aug. 13, 2018
If a group text gets read and no one reacts, did it happen?
Reactions on text threads and social media aren’t that different from smiling or nodding while someone is talking. “They are niceties that express that we’re listening, signal interest, and keep the conversation going,” says Paul Dourish, Chancellor’s Professor of Informatics at UC Irvine.

Entrepreneur, Aug. 11, 2018
The More You Talk, the Less They Listen
What is the best way to communicate an idea in today’s noisy climate? We had heard about Ryan Foland’s “3-1-3® Method” and interviewed him about this thoughtful, simple and effective communications tool. We recently caught up with Ryan at his office at UC Irvine.

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