UCI News

Southern California Public Radio, Aug. 25, 2016
Dangers faced by children left alone tend to be exaggerated, researchers say
Social scientists at the University of California, Irvine asked survey participants about a variety of theoretical scenarios in which a child was left alone for less than an hour. … Guest: Barbara Sarnecka, co-author of the study “No Child Left Alone: Moral Judgments about Parents Affect Estimates of Risk to Children;” associate professor of cognitive sciences, University of California, Irvine.

CBS News, Aug. 25, 2016
Advice doctors give their own kids before they head off to college
“We know there’s going to be a lot of exposure to alcohol at school,” said Dr. Felice Adler, a pediatric infectious disease expert at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and UC Irvine. “I tell my two kids, while it’s best not to drink, if you feel that’s something you have to do, then do it responsibly.”

Daily Mail, Aug. 25, 2016
Leaving a child at home alone isn’t always unsafe – it’s just socially unacceptable, study claims
Barbara Sarnecka, cognitive scientist at UCI and senior author of the study, said: “At a minimum, these findings should caution those who make and enforce the law to distinguish evidence-based and rational assessments of risk to children from intuitive moral judgements about parents – and to avoid investing the latter with the force of law.”

LA Weekly, Aug. 26, 2016
Opiate addiction experts turn to marijuana as safer alternative to pain relief
Dr. Daniele Piomelli, a professor of anatomy and neurobiology at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, has studied the pain management properties of marijuana and its derivative chemicals for the last 25 years, and is calling the use of marijuana in pain management an encouraging turning point in the opiate crisis.

Bloomberg, Aug. 25, 2016
A Trump win could upend graduate students’ right to unionize
At that point, said Catherine L. Fisk, a professor at University of California, Irvine, School of Law, schools could petition the NLRB to reverse itself yet again. (Fisk co-wrote an amicus brief on behalf of Columbia graduate students in their battle against the school.) … Fisk predicts that private colleges will end up bargaining with student-workers who choose to organize. “My guess is that universities will decide that this is not the biggest issue they confront,” she said.

Art Journal, Aug. 19, 2016
Between negative dialectics and biological aesthesis
Wetware: Art, Agency, Animation at the Beall Center for Art + Technology, University of California, Irvine, February 6–May 7, 2016 … Like the art it described at the Beall Center for Art + Technology at the University of California, Irvine, the word “wetware” is at once specific and suggestive, capacious while difficult to pin down.

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