UCI News

Orange County Register, Dec. 29, 2015
UC Irvine hip-hop professor seeks poetic justice
Charis Kubrin may not seem like your typical rap music fan. A UC Irvine professor and 45-year-old mother of one, Kubrin has a collection of hundreds of songs and CDs, ranging from gangsta rap to old-school hip-hop. … “Rap is another form of artistic expression, but rather than treating the lyrics as art and poetry, it’s taken as literal and true,” Kubrin says. “No other form of artistic expression has been treated by the courts this way.”

Southern California Public Radio, Jan. 4, 2016
More microscopic plant life in SoCal waters could point to permanent change in wildlife
During the three-year course of study, average temperatures off the coast climbed about two degrees Celsius. This had a “tremendous impact on our coastal ocean,” said researcher Adam Martiny, associate professor at UC Irvine. … “This I would imagine would end up having tremendous influence on the types of fish that can live here,” Martiny said.

NBC News, Dec. 30, 2015
Hiking minimum wage an inefficient tool to fight poverty: Fed research
David Neumark, visiting scholar at the San Francisco Fed, contends in the paper that raising the minimum wage has only limited benefits in the war against poverty, due in part because relatively few of those falling below the poverty line actually receive the wage. … Neumark is a professor of economics and director of the Center for Economics and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine.

Orange County Register, Jan. 3, 2016
Orange County’s famously conservative activism is alive but faces a turning point
“When groups self-segregate, it leads to extremization,” said Peter Ditto, a UC Irvine social psychologist who studies political behavior. “People are more apt to go to that point of view when they are surrounded by like people. It kind of gives you license to become more extreme.”

The Huffington Post, Dec. 30, 2015
This simple twist can make your New Year’s resolution more effective
Study review co-author Eric Spangenberg of the University of California, Irvine, is an expert in what’s called the “question behavior effect.” He and a team of researchers … found that if researchers asked people a question about a new habit they would like to adopt − say, “Will you recycle?” or “Will you exercise?” − those people were 13.7 percent more likely to follow through on that behavior in the future.

Daily Pilot, Dec. 31, 2015
Top 10 sports stories of 2015: UCI madness tops list
UC Irvine
dances The Anteaters’ men’s basketball team won the Big West Conference Tournament for the first time to earn the school’s inaugural trip to the NCAA Tournament. It had been 38 years and 1,122 games since the program earned Division I status in July 1977.

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