UCI News

Inc., Dec. 2, 2015
Here’s why cutthroat office cultures are less productive
Humans are social animals and fostering positive social connections will make your employees feel and perform better. Sarah Pressman of the University of California, Irvine found that people who lack positive social relationships have a 70 percent higher chance of dying prematurely.

Modern Luxury, December 2015
Michelle Khine
This restless UCI associate professor gets a kick out of hatching inventions. … “The dream is for it to someday get to women all over the world who otherwise wouldn’t have access to health care,” says Michelle Khine, inventor of TinyKicks fetal-movement sensor.

The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 2, 2015
Supreme Court blocks native Hawaiian election vote count (PDF)
Richard Hasen, an election-law specialist at the University of California, Irvine, said it was rare for the Supreme Court to prevent ballots from being counted. He said he could recall only three instances, the most famous being in 2000, when a 5-4 court prevented a recount of the Florida presidential election, a decision ensuring that George W. Bush would assume the presidency.

Orange County Register, Dec. 2, 2015
Watchdog: The gap between haves, have-nots grows in Orange County
“None of this seems particularly surprising − the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer,” said Mark Petracca, political science professor at UC Irvine. … “Maybe, thinking about this in terms of expectations, it shows that Orange County is not immune, if it ever was, from national trends …” said UCI’s Petracca.

The New Yorker, Dec. 2, 2015
Death by flaming water ski, and other misfortunes
Geoffrey C. Bowker, an informatics researcher at the University of California, Irvine, praises it for the same reason. What if you wanted to research hazards in a specific sort of gathering place?  “We want to know what happens in opera houses,” Bowker said. “We want to know if there’s a particular kind of danger that’s associated with attending the opera, which I can’t particularly imagine, apart from boredom.”

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