UCI News

SF Gate, Aug. 20, 2019
Surprising California school at the top of list of colleges with the best value
Money magazine ranked schools across the country based on value and UC Irvine took the number one spot, above schools that more often receive accolades due to their prestige. … “We estimate a college’s ‘value added’ by calculating its performance on important measures such as graduation rates, student loan repayment and default rates, and post-graduation earnings, after adjusting for the types of students it admits,” Money states in its methodology.

The Washington Post, Aug. 21, 2019
Political science professors assign fewer readings by women than by men. Here’s why that matters.
Heidi Hardt is an associate professor of political science at the University of California at Irvine, [Hardt and Amy Smith write] “Our findings build on and confirm the results of a few recent studies of PhD syllabi in the political science subfields of American politics and international relations. However, our project is by far the largest and most comprehensive data set of graduate readings to date, to the best of our knowledge.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

WCAI, Aug. 11, 2019 (Audio – interview)
Why Science Needs the Humanities to Solve Climate Change
Steven D. Allison, UCI Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Earth System Science and Tyrus Miller, UCI Dean, School of Humanities, [say] “In our view, solving the world’s climate problems will require tapping into brainpower beyond science. That’s why the two of us – an ecologist and a humanities dean – are teaming up to rethink climate solutions. Recently we developed a program to embed humanities graduate students in science teams, an idea that climate research centers are also exploring.”

The Verge, Aug. 21, 2019
Gamergate Comes to the Classroom
[Bo] Ruberg, a UC Irvine assistant professor in the department of informatics, was teaching “Games & Society.” It was November 2017, and the course was a required class taught to 260 students, the majority of which are typically male freshmen. Ruberg kept a strict no-screens policy in their classes — an easy enough ask to keep students from texting or scrolling through Instagram when they should be paying attention. But this was different: a dozen or so people holding up their phones, recording their lecture on gender without even the effort of hiding it.

The Conversation, Aug. 21, 2019
What is Haitian Voodoo?
Guilberly Louissaint, an Anthropology Ph.D student at the University of California, Irvine, writes, “In contemporary Haitian society, Voodoo serves in multiple ways. An important contribution is its role in healing. Anthropologist Nicholas Vonarx, who has studied Voodoo’s role as a health care system, explains how religious spaces can become “therapeutic sites where the sick goes to seek help in managing illness and other misfortune.”

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