UCI News

The New York Times, Aug. 22, 2020
The coronavirus generation
Congress asked the National Academies what it would take to cut child poverty in half. The panel considered the expansion of 10 programs, including job training, housing aid, child care, food stamps and the earned-income tax credit. None reduced child poverty nearly as much as creating a child allowance. … “If I had to pick one policy, I would put my bet on a child allowance,” said Greg J. Duncan, an economist at the University of California, Irvine, who led the academies’ study group. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 24, 2020
OC companies feel impact of new state law on personal data collection
Scott Jordan, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Irvine and a key member of the new research center there on personal data privacy, called the CCPA “a good step. It’s not the end-all, it’s not the last we’re going to see of this. The academic literature actually shows that the vast majority of people, including young people, really care rather substantially about their privacy,” Jordan said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

LAist, Aug. 24, 2020
Late deciders, late withdrawals: The headaches of predicting fall college enrollment
UC Irvine said it’s received significantly fewer deferral requests for the coming quarter than last year. …  “I think that the strength of our plans for remote instruction, our messaging, and the Chancellor’s leadership on the issues helped many applicants understand that they had a viable and safe option for enrollment this year,” Dale Leaman, executive director of UCI’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, said in an email.

NBC Los Angeles, Aug. 23, 2020
Orange County off of state’s Coronavirus monitoring list
The county will provide tests for staff and students and a “full medical team” that includes pediatricians, while infectious disease experts from Children’s Hospital of Orange County and UC Irvine “will be standing by to assist when needed,” [Clayton] Chau said.

BBC Science Focus, Aug. 21, 2020
Pop psychology: Eight myths that are probably wrong, or at least wildly overly simplistic
Children with more willpower are more successful in later life. … In 2018 psychologists at New York University and the University of California, Irvine, conducted the first replication attempt of the marshmallow study, but this time using data from hundreds of children. … The team found that correlation between delay of gratification and later success (in this case in adolescence) was far weaker than in the original research. Moreover, the correlations became statistically non-significant when the researchers factored in the social and family variables.

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