UCI News

The Washington Post, Dec. 5, 2019
Administrative assistant jobs helped propel many women into the middle class. Now they’re disappearing.
Several recent studies have found substantial evidence that women over 50 get far fewer callbacks for job interviews and face a harder time than older men in job hunting. “The finding of discrimination in hiring for older women is pretty clear,” said David Neumark, an economics professor at the University of California at Irvine who looked at results from 40,000 job applications, including in administrative fields. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Wired, Dec. 5, 2019
Libra’s biggest problem? Facebook
Digital currency Libra needs Facebook’s global reach to succeed, but the social network is also the biggest driver of its backlash. As regulators gather, controversy reigns. … As the controversy rages on, Bill Maurer, the dean of social sciences at the University of California, Irvine, sees a missed opportunity to have necessary discussions about important issues with the world’s financial systems and the impacts on democracy. “In a way, I think, unfortunately, because it is Facebook, it’s just, ‘get them in front of us on the TV cameras, and let’s yell and scream at them about privacy and security’,” he says.

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 5, 2019
Police shootings of unarmed black people linked to health problems for black infants
“We often think about police violence as having these individual-level consequences,” said Kristin Turney, a sociologist at UC Irvine who was not involved in the new research. “But this paper is really innovative because it shows that police violence has spillover effects. … It can affect people even in utero.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

AGU Blogosphere, Dec. 4, 2019
New study models impact of calving on retreat of Thwaites Glacier
The new study in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters modeled how much faster Thwaites, one of the region’s largest and fastest-retreating glaciers, would retreat in the absence of its ice shelf — the part of the glacier that floats on top of the sea, supporting the thicker ice behind. “We think that possibly in a few years or decades, we don’t know yet, the remainder of the ice shelf in front of Thwaites might be gone,” explained Hongju Yu, an assistant specialist at the University of California, Irvine and lead author of the new study.

Daily Pilot, Dec. 4, 2019
UC Irvine joins the fight for charity through Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament
“We are thrilled to participate in our first Giving Tuesday event to support GameChanger as they use games and technology to ease the pain and suffering of children facing life-threatening illnesses,” said Mark Deppe, director of UCI Esports. “Both UCI and GameChanger are leaders in the domains of gaming and cancer treatment, so we are natural partners.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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