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The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 24, 2023
A Happy Memory Can Help You Fall Asleep, if You Know How to Use It
When you savor a happy memory, your brain reacts as if you’re reliving that enjoyable experience all over again, says Sara C. Mednick, a neuroscientist and professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine. … Practicing savoring during the day will train your brain to focus on positivity. It will strengthen the memory, which will help your brain recall it more easily next time, and calm your stress response down, says Dr. Mednick, author of “The Power of the Downstate.” She recommends 10 minute stretches several times a week. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Marketplace, Jan. 23, 2023 (Audio)
Banks want in on digital wallets — and the consumer data that comes with them
Later this year, seven of the country’s biggest banks … will be unveiling a new digital wallet, meant to compete with services like Apple Pay and PayPal. … While it’s meant to drive revenue to the banks, more importantly, it’s meant to drive information collection. “So, there’s a whole part of your life that the bank has basically just sort of given up over to these tech companies,” said Bill Maurer, [social sciences dean and professor], who studies payments at the University of California, Irvine. If I use the new wallet, Maurer said the banks will likely get those details instead of Apple. “All of which can be leveraged to drive [you] toward higher value products that they would offer, loans or whatever,” he said.

U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 24, 2023
See the 2023 U.S. News Ranking for Best Online Programs
For the 2023 Best Online Programs rankings released today, U.S. News assessed 1,833 and ranked 1,730 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, the most in the ranking’s history. … Here are some of the top online degree programs in the 2023 rankings. … Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs. The online graduate criminology program at the University of California, Irvine was No. 1 for the third consecutive year.

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 21, 2023
Storm flooding compounds misery for California farms and workers
“We have compounding and cascading disasters from extreme storms, flooding, wildfires, heat waves and drought that are all impacting farmworkers,” said Michael Méndez, assistant professor of environmental planning and policy at UC Irvine. “This is just a part of the larger history of disproportionate impacts that this population is experiencing.” Méndez said farmworkers are especially vulnerable to extreme climate events because they are low-income; most are immigrants without legal status, which makes them ineligible for unemployment benefits and health insurance; and because state and local governments weren’t doing enough to protect a vital workforce. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Yahoo News (National Reporter), Jan. 23, 2023
Young Thug, YSL trial underway as lawyers challenge use of rap lyrics in RICO case
“The initial indictment contained very few factual allegations about activity that Mr. [Jeffery] Williams, [also known as Young Thug was accused of doing,” Jack Lerner, a [clinical] law professor at the University of California, Irvine, told Yahoo News. … Some studies have shown that rap lyrics can affect people’s perceptions. In a 2018 study, Charis Kubrin, a professor of criminology law at the University of California, Irvine, found that “people who thought that they were evaluating violent rap lyrics, as opposed to both country and heavy metal, thought that the artist associated with those lyrics was more likely to have a violent criminal history and also be a member of the gang,” Kubrin said.

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