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The Washington Post, Aug. 7, 2017
The U.S. could be free of gerrymandering. Here’s how other countries do redistricting.
Bernard Grofman, professor of political science and adjunct professor of economics at the University of California at Irvine, writes: “How does redistricting differ in the United States from elsewhere? Are there lessons for Americans in these varying experiences and procedures?”

Mashable, Aug. 5, 2017
Positivity and optimism might just be the secrets to a fulfilling life
Sarah Pressman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior at University of California, Irvine …. Pressman says that a vast number of studies support the notion that positive people live longer. How does this happen? A lot of it has to do with stress. “Happier people experience stress differently, they perceive their stress as less severe and don’t react to it as strongly. In fact, smiling while stressed can actually reduce heart rate and blood pressure,” Pressman says.

Orange County Register, Aug. 6, 2017
Trim the thicket of hindrances to housing construction
Nicholas J. Marantz, an assistant professor of urban planning and public policy at UC Irvine, analyzed the effect of a Massachusetts law similar to SB35 and found that it eased — but admittedly did not solve — housing shortages in the Boston area. “[T]he Massachusetts model shows how California could effectively encourage local governments to help address the state’s housing affordability crisis,” he wrote in an L.A. Times commentary.

Business Insider, Aug. 3, 2017
Both DNA and upbringing can determine whether a child will grow up to be a psychopath — here’s how
According to James Fallon (Jim in the photo), a UC Irvine School of Medicine neuroscientist who accidentally found out he may be a psychopath himself, some genes may be biologically visible. In his research he found that many psychopaths show distinctive patterns of brain activity.

The San Diego Union-Tribune, Aug. 6, 2017
Acclaimed mystery writer T. Jefferson Parker opens new career chapter with ‘White Fire’
In the 63 years of the Edgar Awards, often considered the top honor in mystery writing, only four authors have won the prize for best novel more than once. T. Jefferson Parker is among them. … What do you most enjoy about writing mysteries and crime novels? I kind of cut my teeth on that stuff after being an English major for four years in college (at UC Irvine).

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