UCI News

The New York Times, Aug. 29, 2016
Shooting scares show a nation quick to fear the worst
Social media feeds that kind of frenzy, said Roxane Cohen Silver, a professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine. “There’s rapid dissemination of information on social media that’s not being filtered by anybody,” she said. “This provides the unfortunate opportunity for rumors to be transmitted very quickly, without any ability to evaluate the veracity.”

Scientific American, Aug. 2016
Most depressed adults in the U.S. remain untreated
Dr. Dara H. Sorkin from the University of California, Irvine, who has published extensively on depression and its treatment, told Reuters Health by email, ” … detection is not enough.” … “Critical gaps in mental health care continue to persist, particularly for individuals from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds, low income individuals, less educated adults, and those who lack insurance,” she said.

Maine Public Broadcasting, Aug. 29, 2016
Blue mussels in decline in Gulf of Maine
The Gulf of Maine’s blue mussel population is all but disappearing in the inter-tidal zone, according to ecologists at the University of California, Irvine. The population has declined by more than 60 percent over the past 40 years. … “You know, there are places where the historical studies had counted thousands of mussels in a one meter square plot,” [Cascade] Sorte says, “…and when we went back there, we counted one or two in that same-sized plot.”

Business Insider, Aug. 30, 2016
Whirlpool gave washers and dryers to 17 schools in Illinois and California and attendance rates shot up – here’s why
University of California, Irvine, sociologist Richard Arum says the program likely saw such stellar results for two reasons. “The direct effects would be that the students are not embarrassed to come to school because they have clean clothes,” Arum, dean of UCI’s School of Education, tells Business Insider. “The indirect mechanism would be that the program suggests to them that the larger society cares about their schooling.”

Good Day Philadelphia, Aug. 30, 2016
UCI children left home alone
Parent’s don’t feel comfortable leaving children alone for even a short period of time this day and age. You might think safety was the main reason. No. A survey by scientists at the University of California, Irvine, says it’s because leaving the kids alone on purpose often comes with a fair amount of judgement from other parents.

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