UCI News

The New York Times, Jan. 17, 2020
Panicking About Your Kids and Their Phones? The New Research Says Don’t
“There doesn’t seem to be an evidence base that would explain the level of panic and consternation around these issues,” said Candice L. Odgers, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, and the lead author of the paper, which was published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

TIME, Jan. 20, 2020
‘A Defining Moment.’ An Indian State’s Decision to Challenge the Country’s Controversial Citizenship Law Signals a Growing Divide
“From a constitutional and legal standpoint, a state joining the myriad of other suits (…) adds additional clout,” Manoj Mate, a visiting professor of law at UC Irvine and expert in India’s constitutional law, tells TIME. … It’s hard to predict how the Supreme Court will decide the case, Mate notes. The case could prove to be a “defining moment for the court,” he says, especially because a string of judgments over the last three decades have been “more allowing of religious majoritarianism, specifically by the BJP and the Hindu right.”

Orange County Business Journal, Jan. 20, 2020
Yassa OCBJ 1-20-2020 UCI Brings Top Minds Together for Brain Research
University of California, Irvine in 1964 was the first department of neuroscience in the U.S., which meant it was first to be studying the brain in an academic setting. Now, the university has launched the UCI Brain Initiative to become a global leader in brain science. … “We have so much neuroscience spread out throughout campus” that UCI needs more centralization, according to Michael Yassa, director of the UCI Brain Initiative. … UCI already has many million-dollar projects involving the brain. Its researchers in 2019 received about $40 million in federal funding in addition to the $60 million it received in 2018.

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 21, 2020
UC enrolls record number of California students in the fall
Many undergraduates say they chose a UC school because of the system’s reputation as the nation’s top public research university, relatively low cost and generous institutional and state financial aid. One newly enrolled UC student is Yi Fang, who emigrated from China at age 9, learned English in two years and became the first in her family to attend college when she enrolled in the fall at UC Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Daily Pilot, Jan. 18, 2020
UC Irvine student uses analytics to predict NFL playoffs
Matthew Littman, who is pursuing a Master of Science in Business Analytics degree at UCI, created a predictive analytics model to predict the Super Bowl LIV champion. Before the playoffs began, Littman’s model predicted (in order) the 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers as the teams with the greatest chance to win. So far, the model is spot on. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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