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International Business Times, Dec. 21, 2017
Can money buy happiness? Science has the answer
This time the survey has been conducted among 1,519 people by the University of California, Irvine, who answered a series of questions based on seven emotions — amusement, awe, compassion, contentment, enthusiasm, love and pride — which are considered to make up the core of happiness. Lead author of the research paper Paul Piff said: “These findings indicate that wealth is not unequivocally associated with happiness.”

Inc., Dec. 21, 2017
Does Facebook Facilitate Age Discrimination in Job Ads?
“One thing that always strikes me is social attitudes,” says David Neumark, economist and director of the Center for Economics & Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine. “People who would never make a racist or sexist joke will make an ageist joke without thinking about it. The social acceptability of that is remarkable.”

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 21, 2017
Protesters stash bullhorns and hot chocolate, just in case Trump fires Mueller
David S. Meyer, a UC Irvine sociology professor … said there are some signs that anti-Trump demonstrators are producing the kind of electoral energy that would be needed for Democrats to retake control of Congress in 2018 and the White House in 2020. “The connection between protest politics and mainstream politics is the challenge for people going out into the streets right now,” Meyer said. “It’s always an uphill battle.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Daily Pilot, Dec. 20, 2017
Net neutrality vote will require users to ‘pay to play’
Peter Krapp, professor and chair of film and media studies at UC Irvine, writes, “Competition will not fix this, since most Americans face local broadband monopolies. The claim that deregulation will spur infrastructure investment rings hollow — it is hardly a proven correlation. … The only incentive is for corporations to raise tolls. The losers in this decision are we, the people.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Dec. 20, 2017
Report: Challenges Persist for Latino Students
Just 30 miles south of Whittier at the University of California, Irvine, the disparity in graduation rates between White and Latino students is at three percent. That said, according to new admissions data, it is the first choice for Latino students out of all of the University of California campuses. “I think there’s a difference between a Latino-enrolling campus and a Latino-thriving campus,” said Dr. Douglas Haynes, UCI vice provost of academic equity, diversity and inclusion. “The difference is intentionality.”

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