UCI News

Orange County Register, Jan. 15, 2020
Former California First Lady Maria Shriver gives UC Irvine gender-related research on Alzheimer’s disease another boost
Former California First Lady Maria Shriver’s support of Alzheimer’s disease research at UC Irvine will continue with a second $100,000 award announced Tuesday, Jan. 14, for study of the causes of gender disparity in a disease that affects twice as many women as men. This is the latest round in “seed grant” money made possible through a partnership that began in 2017 between Shriver’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, also known as UCI MIND. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CTV News, Jan. 12, 2020
What Ontario can learn from Hawaii’s false report of an imminent catastrophe
Researchers from the University of California [Irvine] scraped data from Twitter, examining more than 1.2 million tweets from 14,830 accounts believed to be based in Hawaii over a two-month span including the day of the false alarm. By searching for keywords such as “worried” and “afraid,” they found “a marked increase in anxiety among likely Hawaii residents that lingered well after the missile threat was dispelled,” as Nickolas M. Jones [UCI PhD ‘18] and [UCI Professor] Roxane Cohen Silver wrote.

AARP, Jan. 13, 2020
Face-to-Face Job Interviews Can Trigger Age Bias
Older adults who applied … [in person] … received job offers at a rate 68 percent lower than that for younger candidates who applied in person, according to the study from University of California, Irvine economics professor David Neumark …. The older job seekers who … [applied online] were chosen for interviews at rates equal to or higher than those for the younger applicants. But later, once the recruiters got a look at the older adults in face-to-face interviews, those candidates were offered jobs at a rate 40 percent lower than for younger candidates who had similar skills.

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 16, 2020
L.A. homicides are down again. Police credit thousands of extra patrol hours
Emily Owens, a professor of criminology at UC Irvine, said there is scientific evidence suggesting that crime falls when police departments place officers in high crime areas. But there still needs to be more research into whether reallocating officers’ work hours from filling out paperwork to patrolling the street substantially reduces crime. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Dope Labs Podcast, Jan. 13, 2020 (Audio)
Lob 021: New Bank Account, Who Dis?
And to help us get into the nitty gritty about all things fintech, we called on Dr. Bill Mauer. “My name is Bill Mauer and I’m an anthropology professor at the University of California, Irvine where I direct a research center called the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion and basically at that institute is what I study is the interaction between new technologies and how those things interact with people’s existing financial practices, savings behavior, their understandings of money and value, their understandings of debt and so on.” [starts 4:20]

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