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KCRW, Jan. 23, 2020 (Audio)
The phone hacking of the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and Washington Post owner, wrote a Medium post in 2019 about how his phone was hacked …. That same hack is now being tied to spyware sent from the personal WhatsApp account of the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman. … David Kaye, U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion & expression, is calling on the U.S. and other nations to investigate the Saudi Crown Prince — and whether he was involved in the hacking of Bezos’ phone. Guest: David Kaye [clinical professor of law] UC Irvine; U.N. Special Rapporteur ….

Edge, Jan. 27, 2020 (Video interview)
Realism Is False
“I want to propose that realism is false, and what we’re seeing is more like a user interface or a virtual reality headset.” … Donald D. Hoffman is a full professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author, most recently, of The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes.

Bloomberg, Jan. 23, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: Age Discrimination Is Bad — for the Bottom Line
In a recent paper, [Distinguished Professor] David Neumark from the University of California, Irvine, analyzed the practice of a large U.S. restaurant chain and found that older people are invited for interviews less frequently than younger ones and then hired less often. Even if an applicant’s age is not evident from the application, it’s more likely that she won’t be offered a job after an interview. Neumark’s work adds to plentiful evidence of age discrimination in the U.S.

The San Diego Union Tribune, Jan. 26, 2020
Loss of Borrego Palm Canyon grove a temporary setback
“It’s the most popular trail in the park,” said Jim Dice, a former environmental scientist with the park system and now reserve manager at the University of California Irvine’s Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center. “It’s what many people associate with Anza-Borrego,” he said “It’s the first palm grove in Borrego Palm Canyon.” … “But they will come back and there is evidence that seedlings come back gangbusters after fires like this. The ash is rich in nutrients and it can also result in higher rates of flowering and fruit production.”

Brookings Institute, Jan. 21, 2020
Can a teacher really impact student height? A cautionary tale on value-added models
Emily Penner, assistant professor in the school of education at UC Irvine and others write, “Few research methodologies have influenced contemporary educational research, policy, and practice as deeply as teacher value-added models (VAMs). VAMs are used for many different purposes, from academic research on the long-run effects of teachers and factors related to teacher effectiveness to real-world decisions around teacher pay and retention.”

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