UCI News

ABC News – Good Morning America, Aug. 15, 2018
Student debt crisis: This 28-year-old mom is ‘drowning’ in $80,000 of debt
Khallilah Beecham-Watkins and her family celebrated when she became the first person in her family to graduate from college. …. “Some may feel obligated to pursue majors that they believe will lead to lucrative careers, without fully being invested in that major or career path,” said Kevin Huie, director of Student Success Initiatives at the University of California, Irvine.

The Verge, Aug. 17, 2018
Trump’s trade war is coming for cheap scooters and the startups that love them
Sarah Catz, a transit researcher at UC Irvine, thinks that the tariffs might bring an unintended benefit for companies whose dump-and-run approach has rubbed city officials the wrong way. “The tariffs might actually make [companies] be a little bit more strategic,” she says. “Because costs are going up, they’re going to need to not just carelessly dump scooters in a city and think that’s okay. They’re not going to want to waste them.”

Reuters, Aug. 16, 2018
Diet guidance could slow kidney disease, cut costs
“We need to do what cancer doctors do – we may not be able to cure kidney disease, but we can control it,” said Dr. Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, who wasn’t involved in the review. “As an analogy, dialysis therapy is like chemotherapy,” he said in a phone interview. “If we can manage kidney disease with nutrition and delay dialysis, let’s recommend that instead.”

The Washington Post, Aug. 17, 2018
No, one-third of African Americans don’t support Trump. Not even close.
Michael Tesler, associate professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, writes, “Polling firms that have interviewed far more African Americans … all show that Trump’s black approval rating is much lower than 36 percent. For example, Gallup has interviewed thousands of African American respondents in 2018. Its polling suggests that Trump’s black approval rating has consistently been around 10 to 15 percent through 2018.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Daily Pilot, Aug. 16, 2018
Cellphones can act as ‘digital security blankets,’ UC Irvine researchers find
Cellphones can act as “digital security blankets” by providing comfort and security in social situations, according to UC Irvine researchers. A recently published study by co-authors John Hunter and Sarah Pressman concludes that phones can relieve feelings of isolation during awkward interactions.

Previously “In the News”