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The New York Times, Jan. 16, 2020
China’s Birthrate Hits Historic Low, in Looming Crisis for Beijing
“It’s a society where nobody wants to get married and people can’t afford to have children,” said Wang Feng, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. “On a deeper level, you would have to think about what kind of society China will become, not just demographically, but socially.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Time Magazine/Bloomberg, Jan. 17, 2020
China’s Birthrate Sank to Lowest Level on Record Last Year
“The historically low number of births in part reflects declining birth numbers since the 1990s, but also reveals something much more profound about the social transformations that are still unfolding in China, and can be worrisome,” said Wang Feng, a sociology professor at the University of California at Irvine.

Daily Pilot, Jan. 17, 2020
O.C. artist Roxanne Varzi shares her border-crossing work that resists media clichés about Iran
Roxanne Varzi — a local writer, filmmaker, multimedia artist and UC Irvine professor of cultural anthropology — begins with a disclaimer: if anyone is expecting her to play the role of a political correspondent or explain yet another rising wave of Islamophobia in the U.S., it’s a good time to leave and check out the eateries nearby. She has come to speak to her audience, first and foremost, as a storyteller and an artist. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

EdSource, Jan. 17, 2020
Leaders selected in California’s unprecedented searches will help shape future of higher education
Dashay Richmond, a UC Irvine senior who is board chair of the systemwide UC Student Association, said he hopes the next UC system president comes directly from higher education and is “someone who knows how to navigate the system” without a training period. … Students’ basic needs, such as trying to afford housing and food along with tuition, should top the candidates’ agenda, he added.

Women’s Health, Jan. 16, 2020
13 Best Puzzles For Adults Who Want To Challenge Their Brain In The Most Fun Way Possible
You can’t just piece together the same picture over and over, though. The key is mixing it up, says Craig Stark, PhD, research fellow for the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at University of California-Irvine. You have to “challenge yourself to learn and do something new,” he explains, in order to induce great effects in the brain. “Memory gets better, new neurons are borne into parts of the hippocampus, and there is neurotrophic growth.” Translation: Your brain gets spiffier.

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