UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 13, 2019
UCI Tops School Ranking List
The University of California at Irvine ranked No. 1 on Money magazine’s 2019-20 list of the nation’s “Best Colleges.” UCI, which ranked No. 3 a year ago, knocked Princeton University off the top spot; it’s the first time that a public university took the top spot on this list. … “This latest recognition of our national leadership in combining outstanding academics with outstanding value is a testament to the concerted efforts of our faculty, staff, students and supporters,” Chancellor Howard Gillman said in a statement. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

European Scientist, Aug. 14, 2019
One million corals may tell us how to save the world’s precious reefs
“There are efforts to use drones or satellites to collect this information, but you cannot get the high resolution needed to assess the vital complex architecture of reefs unless you are in the water,” says co-author Dr Joleah Lamb, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Irvine School of Biological Sciences.

China Dialogue, Aug. 7, 2019
A feminist critique of the term ‘left behind’ women

Dr. Zhang Li is a visiting assistant professor in the department of global and international studies, University of California, Irvine, [Li writes] “When people migrate to cities in China, many elders, children and the women who care for them are commonly seen as “left behind” in the countryside, suffering from neglect and exclusion from the benefits of development and modernisation. But is this term accurate and useful to understand and support these people? I argue women are not merely passive victims in this process, and we need to reframe how we address their situation.”

MorningStar, Aug. 9, 2019 (Column)
When Vanguard’s Retirement Income Calculator Stopped Making Sense
The president of the American Finance Association, Dr. David Hirshleifer, [a Business Professor at the University of California, Irvine], noticed something peculiar about Vanguard’s Retirement Income Calculator. By its reckoning, a hypothetical 55-year-old investor who saved at the tool’s highest possible rate, earning the highest possible return, holding the highest possible current retirement assets, and willing to settle for the lowest possible income-replacement rate … would fail.

Medical News Today, Aug. 12, 2019
Focus boosting drugs not worth the risks, studies warn
Yet, according to a new study by researchers from the University of California, Irvine, the nonmedical use of psychostimulants such as Adderall only brings short term benefits. The team found that in the long run, these drugs, in fact, negatively affect focus, working memory, and sleep quality, creating a vicious cycle. … “Our research suggests that the purported enhancement to executive function from psychostimulants in healthy populations may be somewhat exaggerated, as we found only minor daytime improvement in attention and no benefit to working memory,” says co-author Sara Mednick.

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