The Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2021
Nap time is the new coffee break. Here’s how to make the most of it.
For many people who are sleep-deprived, a short shut-eye session is the ticket, Sara Mednick, a professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine and author of “Take a Nap! Change Your Life.” says. “Your mood gets better, your creativity, your perceptual processing, your memory processing.” The benefits of napping show up in study after study. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
The New York Times, Jan. 31, 2021
The Gerrymander Battles Loom, as G.O.P. Looks to Press Its Advantage
Even though Democrats won control of the House in 2018, “the lingering effects of partisan gerrymandering, disproportionately by Republican controlled legislatures, make it harder for the Democrats to hold onto control or win control,” said Bernard Grofman, Distinguished Professor of political science, at the University of California, Irvine, “because they have to win probably closer to 52 percent of the national vote, or definitely more than 51 percent.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]
The Atlantic, Jan. 30, 2021
Why Are There No Biographies of Xi Jinping?
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of History writes, “[Chinese President Xi Jinping] clearly is not just like any prior Chinese leader, nor just like anyone now in power elsewhere. Yet in thinking about his similarities with other strongmen and autocrats, I’ve become obsessed lately with one specific way in which he stands apart: the lack of an English-language biography that takes an extended and careful look at his life.”
The New Yorker, Feb. 1, 2021
The Coronavirus Vaccine Presents a Dilemma for Pregnant Women
“There have been shifting attitudes in terms of who qualifies as a woman,” Michele Bratcher Goodwin, a bioethicist and law professor at the University of California, Irvine, said. “Early experimentation on a variety of things, including in the gynecological space, was done on Black women.” J. Marion Sims, who is sometimes called the father of modern gynecology, developed his surgical technique for repairing obstetric fistulas—which result in incontinence among postpartum women—on enslaved women, at least one of whom he had purchased expressly for his experiments. “Men like Marion Sims were lauded for the expertise that they were able to develop, and the science that they were able to move forward,” Goodwin said.
HBS Working Knowledge, Jan. 29, 2021 (Op-Ed)
Op-Ed: How Influencers, Celebrities, and FOMO Can Win Over Vaccine Skeptics
Imran S. Currim, UCI Distinguished Professor, Professor of Marketing, and Director, Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at the Paul Merage School of Business and others write, “Diffusion of innovations … offers a framework for increasing the number of people who are willing, if not eager, to get vaccinated. The central premise of the diffusion of innovations framework is that customer or patient segments that adopt early will influence later adopters. Innovators will influence early adopters, who then influence the early and late majority, who then influence the laggards.”
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