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Los Angeles Times, Dec. 14, 2017
Freshman applicants to UC soar to a new record, with UCLA again leading the way
UC Irvine led all campuses in applications from Latinos with nearly 26,000. The campus has reached out aggressively to Latinos and this year won federal recognition for serving them — a still-rare distinction among elite research universities. UC Irvine received nearly 95,000 freshman applications, an 11.5% increase over last year. The campus passed UC Berkeley last year to become the third-most popular after UCLA and UC San Diego.

NBC News, Dec. 12, 2017
The link between smartphones and kids’ mental health
Candice Odgers, professor of psychology & social behavior at UCI, says, “I don’t think it’s all a doom and gloom story, I think there’s some really positive ways that kids are using their phones to connect to people that they love and that support them in their lives.”

BBC News, Dec. 14, 2017
Greenland’s rock underbelly exposed
Scientists have stitched together decades of survey data to show what Greenland looks like without its ice cover. The new map reveals a hidden world of mountains and canyons. Dr. Mathieu Morlighem from the University of California at Irvine, US, was a key figure behind the venture. He spoke with our science correspondent Jonathan Amos.

USA Today, Dec. 13, 2017
Alabama election official skeptical that outstanding ballots will tip Senate seat to Roy Moore
Merrill suggested in interviews that Moore have pay for a recount himself, an expensive option. But election law expert Rick Hasen at the University of California, Irvine, noted in a post late Tuesday that Alabama law appears to cover only statewide offices, not federal ones.

Science, Dec. 14, 2017
People don’t trust driverless cars. Researchers are trying to change that
The Daily Mail newspaper in the United Kingdom reprinted the quote under the headline: “Mercedes-Benz admits automated driverless cars would run over a CHILD rather than swerve and risk injuring the passengers inside.” The company quickly did damage control, but the episode is a reminder that “public outrage is a really difficult thing to predict,” says Azim Shariff, a psychologist at UC Irvine who co-authored the Science trolley paper. “If what happened with Mercedes is any indication, the public resistance to nonutilitarian cars could end up being a big deal.”

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