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The New York Times, Jan. 30, 2020 (Opinion)

Opinion: Should the Adults in Your Life Be Worried by How Much You Use Your Phone?
“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]

Daily Pilot, Jan. 29, 2020
‘An affirmation of their love’: Keepsakes memorialize people’s loved ones in new UC Irvine exhibit
The exhibit — “Saved: Objects of the Dead” — is a collaboration between North Carolina-based artist Jody Servon and poet and UCI English lecturer Lorene Delany-Ullman that explores how ordinary things can become conduits of memories of the dead. … Delany-Ullman said she’s excited to have the project shown at UCI, where she received a master of fine arts degree in English in 2003. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Inside Philanthropy, Jan. 29, 2020 (Subscription)
A Pharma Billionaire’s Campus Gift to Promote a Different Way of Thinking
The announcement comes as other higher ed donors have ramped up support for concepts and research areas that have received limited public and private funding. Examples include the Bedari Foundation’s $20 million gift to UCLA to study the science of kindness, T. Denny Sanford’s $100 million gift to UC San Diego to study compassion, Susan and Henry Samueli’s controversial $200 million gift to UC Irvine for a new integrative medicine program, and a $17 million commitment from a group of donors to start the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 29, 2020 (Opinion – Audio)
Opinion: Column: Will the 2020 elections be fair and safe from meddling? Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be bumpy
Game on! The first votes of 2020 get cast within a week, in Iowa. And game in: The gaming of the American election system begins in earnest, too, with the social media manipulation, voter roll purges, Russian meddling, nutty conspiracy theories and incendiary rhetoric. The body politic is sick; how can it be healed? The doctor is in: Richard L. Hasen, the election law expert and professor at UC Irvine’s law school. His new book, “Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy” offers a diagnosis and some cures. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Smithsonian (Knowable Magazine), Jan. 30, 2020
Some Salamanders Can Regrow Lost Body Parts. Could Humans One Day Do the Same?
The idea of human regeneration has evolved from an “if” to a “when” in recent decades, says David Gardiner, a developmental biologist at the University of California, Irvine. “Everybody now is assuming that it’s just a matter of time,” he says. But, of course, there’s still much to do.

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