UCI News

The New York Times Magazine, Dec. 4, 2019
He’s a Serial Con Artist. His Word Might Soon Send a Man to His Death.
Alexandra Natapoff, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, who is the nation’s foremost legal scholar on criminal informants, said …. “Many jailhouse informants can truthfully state to the jury that they have not been promised any benefit, even though realistically they expect to be compensated for their testimony,” Natapoff said. “Ironically, jurors will often be the only people in the courtroom who do not understand this arrangement.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 4, 2019
Bloomberg’s Views on Marijuana Out of Step With Democratic Field
Mr. Bloomberg’s strategy to win the Democratic nomination runs through “Super Tuesday” states, which are to vote March 3. Many of these states have large black populations, which have been disproportionately affected by drug-enforcement laws. Black people are about five times more likely to be imprisoned for drug possession than white people, according to a 2017 report from the National Registry for Exonerations at the University of California-Irvine. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

WUNC, Dec. 3, 2019 (Audio)
A New Study Has Found That Grief Is Common But Rarely Recognized In Veterans
[Jesus] Medina is one of nearly 200 post 9/11 veterans who participated in a University of California, Irvine’s study of grief in veterans. … Pauline Lubens, the University of California, Irvine researcher who interviewed Medina and other veterans about grief [said], “We think of soldiers as these warriors that don’t have emotions, but we’re dead wrong about that.” … The study, co-authored with UCI psychological science professor Roxane Cohen Silver, found that post 9/11 veterans who lost fellow service members both to combat and suicide dealt with the losses differently. Combat loss was easier to accept than suicide.

Marketplace, Dec. 3, 2019
Rural bank branches more scarce than ever
Both urban and rural areas saw about about a 7% drop in the overall number of bank branches. But rural areas tend to feel those losses more keenly, said Merhsa Baradaran, a law professor at the University of California-Irvine who has written books on local banking. “There’s wide swaths of the country where there’s no bank branch and the closest ATM is at, like, a 7-Eleven or a gas station,” she said, pointing out the high transaction fees such facilities often charge. “And then, how do you cash your paycheck? You have to go to a check casher. How do you get small credit? You go to a payday lender.”

KCBS Radio, Nov. 28, 2019, 2019 (Audio)
How Political Hashtags Make Discussion More Partisan
Hashtags like “Me Too” and “Make America Great Again” have been at the center of recent social and political movements. But while they are a powerful tool for activists, it turns out that using a hashtag can make it much easier for people to dismiss content as partisan or untrustworthy. That’s according to a recent study out of UC Irvine. For more on it KCBS Radio anchor Susan Kennedy spoke with the study’s lead author Eugenia Rho. She is a PhD candidate in the department of information and computer science at UC Irvine.

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