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Cheddar, Aug. 14, 2019 (Video)
One State Sticks Out on the Most Affordable Colleges List
Money’s special projects editor Kaitlin Mulhere joins Cheddar to explain why California schools are all over this list. [Mulhere states] “UC Irvine does well across the board of all the data points we look at, but they really stand out for affordability like all the UC schools …. They also have a great graduation rate, they are among one of the highest for public colleges. In the place they really excel in our rankings … is the price for low income students and the success rate for low income students.  UC Irvine is the national leader in this and this year they had more Pell grant recipients graduate than any of the other colleges we looked at.”

Daily Pilot, Aug. 14, 2019
UCI develops humanized mice to study human brain cells’ role in Alzheimer’s disease
Scientists at UC Irvine developed a way for human brain immune cells to grow and function in the rodents — a breakthrough that could give an “unprecedented view of crucial mechanisms” contributing to Alzheimer’s and other diseases affecting the brain long before symptoms emerge, UCI said in a statement. … Microglia, a type of cell found in the brain, “are now seen as having a crucial role in the development and progression of Alzheimer’s,” said Mathew Blurton-Jones, a UCI associate professor of neurobiology and behavior who directed the study. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Time, Aug. 14, 2019
‘We Are at the Point of No Return’: How a Series of Protests Escalated Into an All-Out Battle for the Soul of Hong Kong
As happened to the Buddhist leader of Tibet, the Communist Party has tried to make interacting with Joshua Wong “toxic” in other countries, according to Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a historian of modern China at the University of California, Irvine. “That’s right out of the international playbook that Beijing has used with the Dalai Lama,” he says.

Teen Vogue, Aug. 15, 2019
Before “Crazy Rich Asians,” YouTubers Paved the Way for Better Asian Representation
Jennifer Lee, professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and sociologist Min Zhou found in their 2008 study that as highly educated immigrants, Chinese parents define success narrowly. Based on their interviews with children of Chinese immigrants, Lee and Zhou also discovered that these parents saw careers in industries such as art, acting, writing, and fashion as riskier because measuring their success involves “subjective evaluation.”

Psych Central, Aug. 14, 2019
When The Going Gets Tough, It May Pay To Be Anxious
Specifically, the findings show that local Twitter users who had exhibited the least anxiety in their tweets before the alert took the longest to stabilize … said Nickolas Jones, Ph.D., of the University of California, Irvine, and lead author of the study. … “Anxious individuals may have more to appreciate when they experience a near-miss and thus express less anxiety on social media after having ‘survived’ what would have undoubtedly been construed as a deadly situation,” said Roxane Cohen Silver, Ph.D., of the University of California, Irvine.

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