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Daily Pilot, Dec. 10, 2018
UCI gets $1.1-million grant to pilot study on value of a liberal arts education
UC Irvine has been awarded a $1.1-million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to pilot a study that will analyze the value of a liberal arts education and how colleges measure student success. The data-intensive study, headed by Richard Arum, dean of UCI’s School of Education, will be used for the foundation’s proposed national study of universities, managed by a consortium at the University of Michigan. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 11, 2018 (Opinion)
‘Yellowface’ in ‘The Nutcracker’ isn’t a benign ballet tradition, it’s racist stereotyping
Jennifer Fisher, professor at UC Irvine writes, “Ballet people will argue that all of these elements in “The Nutcracker” are just tradition, that no insult is intended. But in 2018, no one should be able to plead ignorance of stereotyping’s dangers. During my “Nutcracker” research in dozens of backstage conversations, I ran into effervescent young ballet girls, most of them white, who dutifully told me that the Chinese Dance helped them “learn about other cultures.” What I saw them learning was how to flatten anyone of Asian descent into a cartoon.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Dec. 10, 2018
Do Opioids Slow Return to Work after Injuries?
David Neumark, Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of California, Irvine, a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Bogdan Savych write, “In this Letter, we find that prolonged prescribing of opioids leads to longer duration of temporary disability benefits among workers with work-related low-back injuries. Our estimates indicate that longer-term opioid prescriptions roughly triple the duration of temporary disability benefits, compared to similar workers with similar injuries who do not get longer-term opioid prescriptions.”

IGN, Dec. 10, 2018
Dragon Age 4: Who Is the Dread Wolf?
Kat Brewster, UCI informatics graduate student writes, “Thursday night’s Game Awards offered much in the way of glitz, glam, and game teasers — including an exclusive look at the fourth installment of BioWare’s blockbuster Dragon Age series. BioWare has been known to offer painstaking amounts of detail in their promo art which, if deciphered correctly, has the potential to unlock oodles of secrets about Thedas, character backstory, lore and more.”

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 11, 2018
With illegal hush money payments, ignorance could be legal bliss for Trump
“There are certain kinds of crimes, like armed robbery, where we expect everyone knows it’s against the law to go into a bank with a gun and get money,” UC Irvine election law professor Richard L. Hasen said. “But there are other kinds of legal violations where it only becomes a crime when you do it willfully.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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