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CNN, Dec. 18, 2017
More money can mean Scrooge-like pride, study says
“People who are poorer are more reliant on others to get by,” said Paul Piff, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine. “They …. are more likely to really focus on emotions that bind them to one another and find satisfaction and delight in relationships through compassion and love.” For the study, Piff and his co-author, Jake P. Moskowitz, a graduate student at UC Irvine, surveyed more than 1,500 Americans ranging from 24 to 93 years old.

The Huffington Post, Dec. 15, 2017
Gerrymandering Reform Hits An Unfamiliar Obstacle In Maryland: Democrats
Richard Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine, speculated the court may have taken the Maryland case to show that egregious gerrymandering is a problem for both Democrats and Republicans. The high court may want to show, Hasen hypothesized, it is not siding with one party or the other by striking down a gerrymandered map.

The Hill, Dec. 15, 2017
California sanctuary cities bill is humane and effective
Charis E. Kubrin, professor of criminology, law & society at UC Irvine; and Ben Leffel, graduate student of sociology at UC Irvine, write: “California has just become the first sanctuary state of the 21st century thanks to Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) signing of Senate Bill 54, which limits state and local police cooperation with federal immigration authorities.”

The Hollywood Reporter, Dec. 16, 2017
Experts Weigh Disney-Fox Antitrust Concerns
“This isn’t your traditional situation where two companies make the same products and we want to see if they’re going to be too big,” says Christopher Leslie, an antitrust expert and professor at University of California, Irvine School of Law. “This a merger of such a magnitude in a multifaceted industry that in itself is going through an evolution. How you define the market is going to be complicated.”

Romper, Dec. 17, 2017
Does Excessively Checking Your Phone Affect Your Kid Later In Life? Why, Yes
In a research study conducted by Dr. Tallie Baram, the professor of pediatrics and anatomy-neurobiology at University of California, Irvine, and a group of colleagues set out to observe how consistency and disruptions affect motherhood. “Predictability means we know that one behavior will follow reliably with a second behavior,” says Baram. “That seems to be engaging the pleasure system.”

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