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The Atlantic, Jan. 13, 2019
Why 1984 Isn’t Banned in China
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, UCI Chancellor’s Professor and Amy Hawkins write, “The different treatment of these texts and their titles helps illuminate the complicated reality of censorship in China. It’s less comprehensive, less boot-on-the-face—as Orwell might have put it—and quirkier than many Westerners imagine.”

BBC, Jan. 12, 2019
Why an off-the-grid hour at work is so crucial
“If a person has a habit of smoking, and they’re away from their cigarettes for a while, it creates tension,” says Gloria Mark, who led that 2012 study about email and who’s an informatics professor at the University of California, Irvine. Depending on your job, eliminating (or even significantly reducing) tech may also be totally unrealistic. But Mark thinks organizations also have a responsibility to ensure employees don’t become tech slaves.

Wired, Jan. 14, 2019
Screens Might Be As Bad For Mental Health As … Potatoes
“The level of association documented in this study is incongruent with the level of panic we see around things like screen time,” says University of California Irvine psychologist Candice Odgers, who researches how technology affects kids’ development and was unaffiliated with the study. “It really highlights the disconnect between conversations in the public sphere and what the bulk of the data are showing us.”

South China Morning Post, Jan. 13, 2019
China needs a new strategy to deal with Brazil’s new right-wing president
Gustavo Oliveira, assistant professor of global and international studies at the University of California, Irvine writes that while Jair Bolsonaro campaigned on an anti-China platform, Beijing still has reasons, many of them trade-related, to maintain good relations, China’s government can deal pragmatically with the new administration, and the Communist Party can strengthen ties with the Brazilian left.

Greenwire, Jan. 11, 2019
Science shutdown an experiment in fear, frustration
Atmospheric researcher Eric Saltzman lucked out. He secured his latest National Science Foundation grant just before the agency went dark. Still, the University of California, Irvine, professor of Earth system science sees cloudy skies ahead for government-funded science amid a partial government shutdown. No new grants are being offered, meetings are being canceled, and financial burdens are being shifted. “Billing the agencies for that work will not be possible during the shutdown, so universities will have to front those costs,” Saltzman said in an email. “That will quickly become quite a large amount of money if the shutdown persists.”

Previously “In the News”