UCI News

Fox11 Los Angeles, Dec. 8, 2021 (Video)
Murder rates have surged; Are they here to stay?
I spoke to Dr. Elliott Currie, professor of criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine. Currie is a prolific author. His acclaimed works focus on crime and criminal justice. His book, Crime and Punishment in America was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. … Currie said he believed the biggest catalyst for the current crime wave was driven by people being out of work during the pandemic. He was hopeful as more and more people went back to work the murder rate would drop.

KPCC (AirTalk), Dec. 7, 2021 (Audio)
A Look Into Retail And Property Crime Trends And How Recent Incidents Are Impacting Consumers And Industry Workers
Today on AirTalk, we go through the various trends we’re seeing with retail crime and discuss potential contributing factors and solutions. Guest, Charis Kubrin, UCI professor, criminology, law and society.

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 8, 2021
‘Could the timing be worse?’ Omicron hits as college students travel for winter break
UC Irvine will require all unvaccinated students living on campus to get tested within 48 hours of their return from winter break and again five days later and to self-quarantine for seven days with two negative tests. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Hill, Dec. 7, 2021
Senators to grill Instagram chief over platform’s effect on children
Experts in child psychology have cast doubts on both the findings of Meta’s survey and the conclusions lawmakers have drawn from it. The analysis, as University of California, Irvine psychological science professor Candice Odgers has pointed out, asked respondents about the impacts they think social media use has on them. That kind of self-reporting leaves space for external factors, like what people have heard about social media, to inform answers and is not very useful for establishing causal links.

WalletHub, Dec. 8, 2021
2021’s Most Fun Cities in America
James Danziger, UCI professor emeritus of political science, School of Social Sciences writes, “Fun is in the eye of the beholder. … Ideally, one visualizes the kinds of activities that will be at the heart of the travel adventure and then identifies the one or more cities that can deliver on those activities. Once you have calculated the expenses of travel, lodging, and food, most of the rest of your budget will be manageable, but only if you are conscious of the costs of the activities.”

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