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Poets & Quants, Jan. 17, 2019
B-Schools With The Most First-Generation Students
Adrian Muniz, a sophomore at the University of California-Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, was always expected to be the first in his family to pursue higher education. … Muniz says he chose UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business because it’s one of the best undergraduate business programs in the nation. With 46% of its entering Fall 2018 class being the first in their family to pursue higher education, the B-school is also the leader in enrolling the most first-generation students among all other B-schools that reported their numbers in Poets&Quants‘ 2018 Best Undergraduate Business Schools.

Capital Public Radio, Jan. 17, 2019 (Audio)
Rebuilding And Unbanked: Some Paradise-area Residents Reel Without A Bank Account
For people who lost everything in a wildfire or other disaster, being unbanked can make rebuilding harder, said Bill Maurer, anthropology professor at UC Irvine. “Without a bank account it can be a real challenge to buy a home, buy a car, rent a car, stay in a hotel even in some places,” said Maurer. … “When you don’t have access to these formal institutions … then really you’re falling back on community and family and neighbors,” he said. “Sometimes that can work but sometimes it also doesn’t work.”

Mashable, Jan. 17, 2019
America’s most stunning jerks are flocking to your national parks. Who are they?
Destruction, mounds of litter, and vandalism have ensued. … But why would anyone exploit such vulnerable national resources for selfish motives, faux perceptions of power, or bizarre satisfaction? “It’s not only that they knew they wouldn’t get caught, but they take delight in the destruction of the place,” says Aaron James, a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Irvine and author of the book Assholes: A Theory.

Reader’s Digest, Jan. 17, 2019
The History Behind Chinese New Year
Traditionally, red envelopes containing money are gifted during the Lunar New Year celebrations, a custom that goes back to ancient times. … According to the University of California, Irvine, one popular source is the legend of a young orphan who, during the Sung Dynasty, won a battle against a huge demon terrorizing the village of Chain-Chieu. As a reward, the village elders gave the child a red envelope full of money.

Fortune, Jan. 17, 2019
Observing Students Watch ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Taught Neuroscientists New Things About the Human Brain
In the name of science, college students were asked to watch episodes of Larry David’s HBO hit Curb Your Enthusiasm while researchers used a high-powered functional MRI to observe how their brain captured, processed, and stored temporal memories of what happened in the show. … “We chose this show in particular because we thought it contained events that were relatable, engaging and interesting,” Michael Yassa, the study’s senior author and director of UCI’s Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, explained in a release.

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