UCI News

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 26, 2018 (Editorial Opinion)
Tackling low college graduation rates for black and Latino students
Closer to home, and much easier on the wallet, UC Irvine graduates 82% of its black and Latino students. … UC Irvine, for example, consistently ranks among the top nationally for its graduation rates among Pell grant recipients, who come from low-income backgrounds. … UCI holds social events for first-generation students so that they find they’re not alone. It helps them find and form study groups, has graduate students help them with course schedules and study skills, and connects them with faculty members who were the first in their own families to attend college. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

ABC7, Dec. 26, 2018
Alcohol, coffee could be key to living longer, UC Irvine study finds
People who drink moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee and are overweight in their 70s live longer lives, according to researchers at the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders. The researchers started a study in 2003 to look at what makes people live past 90. … To learn more about the study, click here.

The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 24, 2018
The Science Behind Making Your Child Smarter
Carefully designed video-training programs show promise in improving children’s working memory, or the capacity to hold information in mind for short periods of time. Several recent studies found evidence that working-memory training may improve children’s math or reading skills or their fluid intelligence: the ability to reason in novel situations. … “I do think there is value in training working memory in children,” says Susanne Jaeggi, an associate professor of education and cognitive sciences at the University of California, Irvine, and a co-author of several studies on the topic. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

National Geographic, Dec. 21, 2018
An unexpected side effect of drought: Higher carbon emissions.
Most of the time, the researchers found, the utilities fell back on carbon-emitting sources like natural gas and coal to fill their power needs. It’s not ideal, but it makes sense, says Amir AghaKouchak, a civil and environmental engineer at the University of California, Irvine. “Under drought conditions, the priority is to use water for people and cities, and managers might prefer to burn gas for energy,” he says. “Because you have alternatives for getting energy from different sources—but you don’t have alternatives for water.”

The New York Times, Dec. 25, 2018 (Opinion)
Nothing Is More American Than Chinese Food on Christmas
Chinese restaurants used to be one of the few public places that welcomed African-American diners, according to [UCI History Professor] Yong Chen’s “Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

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