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American Psychological Association, Jan. 2016
Game changer
Starting in the late 1950s, Joseph L. White boldly forged the domain of black psychology. Today, the “godfather of black psychology” looks back on his 60-year career championing the rights of blacks and his 1968 confrontation with APA’s Board of Directors. … The University of California, Irvine, professor emeritus … says he’s pleased but a bit shocked by the reach of his arguments.

Orange County Register, Jan. 18, 2016
Recycling food scraps into energy? It’s about to start becoming routine in Orange County
Sally Geislar, a UC Irvine doctoral student who created and ran the study, said that one of the most powerful tools in convincing people to opt in could be something called “norm communication” – the idea that people are more likely to adopt a new practice if they think most of their neighbors are doing it too.

Orange County Register, Jan. 18, 2016
Keep your stash: Paper cash is here to stay
[Bill] Maurer, UC Irvine’s dean of social sciences and director of the school’s Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion [said,] “Cash is the only fully democratic way of payment, … anybody can use cash and anybody can accept cash without it costing them anything. And right now there is no other form of payment like it that does not require a bank account.”

NPR, Jan. 18, 2016
Airport workers around the country rally for better wages
“We don’t really have any great confidence about what a $15 minimum wage would mean, whether across the board or for a particular set of workers,” says David Neumark, an economics professor at the University of California, Irvine. In general, he says, raising the minimum wage for workers also raises prices of products and services. … “People buy less from those businesses, and those businesses use fewer workers. And that channel is arguably a lot weaker at airports.”

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 19, 2016
The download – Hi, I’m a digital junkie, and I suffer from infomania
Professor Gloria Mark at UC Irvine’s Department of Informatics recently completed study that suggests that the less sleep we get, the shorter our attention span is on any computer screen the next day − and the more likely we are to gravitate toward social media. “If you’re really tired,” she said, “you’re not really mentally prepared to do heavy-duty work. You tend to do lightweight activities like Facebook.”

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