The New Republic, Dec. 1, 2020
Why Joe Biden Can Stop Worrying and Start Spending Like Crazy
Aaron James, UCI professor of philosophy and Robert Hockett write, “Biden has proposed that we “build back better” with new public investment in infrastructure, innovation, clean energy, working families, small businesses, and education. This is the correct agenda. … All that we need is the right degree of imagination and will—the will to build back better. Ending our pandemic is just the beginning. We’ll need far more public spending to repair our social compact, restore our republic, and begin to face up to our even bigger climate crisis.
Bloomberg, Nov. 29, 2020
China Stirs Trouble With Plan to Hike Retirement Age From 60
China experienced a baby boom in the early 1960s, resulting in more than 200 million people who will reach 60 in the next decade. As a result, China’s leaders will have no option but to increase the pension age during the next five-year plan that begins in 2021, said Wang Feng, a demographer at the University of California, Irvine. “A massive number of people will reach this age during the next five years,” he said. “If they don’t act now that would impose a tremendous fiscal burden.”
Orange County Register, Nov. 25, 2020
5 years after benchmark study, what’s changed for OC veterans?
Luke Hixson, 22, a U.S. Navy hospitalman whose five years of service ends in December, hopes to segue from his military role as a lab supervisor for a medical clinic at Camp Pendleton, to a four-year university and, eventually, a career as a doctor. His prospects have been enhanced by his recent participation in the Warrior-Scholar Project at UC Irvine, one of the programs funded by Orange County Veterans Initiative since 2015. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]
MarketWatch, Nov. 30, 2020
4 questions to ask yourself about living to 100 — because there’s a chance you will
The University of California, Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI Mind) has studied elderly individuals as part of it’s “90+ Study” since 2003, analyzing the ways in which nearly 2,000 participants go about their lives in their 90s and 100s, as well as what may have contributed to that longevity and underlying cognitive disabilities they may or may not know they have. … Half of children born this decade can expect to see their 103rd or 104th birthday, Claudia Kawas, co-principal investigator of The 90+ Study, told CBS.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 1, 2020
Many Universities Lag on Social Mobility Indicators, Report Finds
The report released today, identifies 614 four-year colleges where students receiving federal Pell Grants are more likely to graduate than they are to drop out and where federal loan repayment and default rates are better than the average four-year institution. Education Reform Now dubbed these colleges “social mobility elevators,” finding 90 of the top 100 are public institutions. … California State University, Long Beach, topped the think tank’s list, followed by the University of Central Florida; California State University, Fullerton; the University of California, Riverside; and the University of California, Irvine.
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