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Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 19, 2019
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What makes UCI so good from a financial standpoint? “A strong graduation rate and affordable tuition fees for Californians,” notes the latest edition of Money.com. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Daily Mail, Aug. 19, 2019
You really CAN teach an old dog new tricks: Hard work, persistence and practice can help elderly people improve their skills
Professor Mark Steyvers, first author of the study from the University of California, Irvine, said: ‘The brain is not a muscle, but like our bodies, if we work out and train it, we can improve our mental performance. We discovered that people in the upper age ranges who completed specific training tasks were able to beef up their brain’s ability to switch between tasks in the game at a level similar to untrained 20- and 30-year-olds.’

Daily Pilot, Aug. 19, 2019
Column: With artificial intelligence on the rise, humans should reconsider the way we think about our own
I posed such questions to a local expert, Pierre Baldi, who has devoted his professional career to matters of intelligence — both human and artificial. … He is now a distinguished professor of computer science at UC Irvine, director of UCI’s Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics and associate director of the university’s Center for Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems. … “I don’t think there is a good, precise definition of intelligence,” he said. “It’s probably not a good idea to try to define it.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 19, 2019
Facebook, Twitter accuse China of spreading Hong Kong disinformation
These instances showed Facebook and others were not equipped to manage targeted campaigns, said Kat Lo, a researcher at UC Irvine who studies content moderation. But Lo said these moves by Facebook and Twitter might indicate they might be making an attempt to be more proactive than they had been in the past. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Houma Courier, Aug. 19, 2019
Our opinion: How to sift election fact from fiction
A helpful set of simple guidelines comes from Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weathrall, associate professors of science at the University of California, Irvine. They have written a book, published earlier this year, called “The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread.” They shared these and other tips in March in a blog post at Yale University Press: [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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