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The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 9, 2022
Top Colleges in the West by Size
The WSJ/THE ranking is based on 15 factors across four main categories: Forty percent of each school’s overall score comes from student outcomes, including measures of graduate salaries and debt burdens, 30% from the school’s academic resources, including how much it spends on teaching, 20% from how well it engages its students and 10% from its environment, a measure of student and faculty diversity. … 8. University of California, Irvine …. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Forbes, Feb. 9, 2022 (Senior contributor)
University Of California, Irvine Receives $55 Million Gift for The Study Of Depression
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) has received a $57.75 million gift from the estate of Audrey Steele Burnand. Most of the gift – about $55 million – will be used to create a new center devoted to researching the causes and treatments of depression. … According to a release from the university, the gift represents what’s believed to be the largest philanthropic donation to a U.S. university for research focused solely on depression.

The New York Times, Feb. 8, 2022
Canada Protests: Plans for a Protest by Truckers in the U.S. Gain Momentum
Canada’s far-right, struggling to make political inroads, relies on spectacle. But the 2019 protest, like other such efforts, mostly failed to gain traction. … “You did have far-right populism — historically, it was there — but it was isolated,” said [Professor] Jeffrey Kopstein, a Canadian political scientist at the University of California, Irvine. “One of the reasons they’re descending on Ottawa is they’re having trouble taking over parties and winning elections. And so they go to this other method,” Kopstein said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Marketplace, Feb. 8, 2022 (Audio)
Founder CEOs often have shelf lives
Mark Zuckerberg … Jack Dorsey … and Jeff Bezos … all started the companies they ran, and in some cases they still run those companies. But according to Travis Howell, [an assistant] professor [of strategy] at the University of California, Irvine, they are the exception. “Managing a behemoth requires a much different skill set. And founders often need help sooner than they think they do.” The drive and creativity that can make a founder a great CEO can turn into a liability at a certain point, Howell said.

BBC News – Business Daily, Feb. 9, 2022 (Audio)
Is greed good?
Greed is considered one of the seven deadly sins; but is the accumulation – and retention – of wealth always a bad thing? … We hear from Paul Piff, Associate Professor of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine, who tells us about an experiment in acquisitiveness, played out during a game of Monopoly.

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