UCI News

Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2018
UC opens doors to record number of Californians, led by growth in transfer students
The mix of offers for freshmen and transfer students slightly shifted this year in response to pressure by Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators to widen access for California community college students. As a result, most campuses increased offers to California transfer students and decreased them for freshmen. … Offers to California freshmen were down at Berkeley, Irvine, San Diego and Santa Cruz in addition to UCLA. … Offers to international and out-of-state students also increased. UC regents last year approved an 18% cap on nonresident students at five campuses and voted to allow those campuses that exceed that limit — Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Diego and Irvine — to keep but not increase the higher percentage they enroll. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, July 11, 2018
California Today: Are Criminal Justice Reforms Making the State Safer?
Important measures were passed by voters in 2014 and 2016, but only now is research starting to show the effects on crime in California. … One recent [UCI] study showed that an increase in crime in 2015 was not because of reforms. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Verge, July 11, 2018
Why you should let a robot cook your next meal
“I think in a city like San Francisco, there’s two things that make labor more expensive: low supply of low-skilled labor because they can’t afford to live there. The other is minimum wages that feed into the same problem. Both of those things push up labor costs,” says David Neumark, an economist and professor at the University of California, Irvine, who studies wages and labor markets.

Nature, July 10, 2018
Coming soon to a lab near you? Genetically modified cannabis
Now that the FDA has approved Epidiolex, “we have a clear recognition that this plant has more potential than people credited it for, and that has reverberations that are scientific as well as legal”, says Daniele Piomelli, director of a new centre for cannabis research at the University of California, Irvine. At the very least, he says, the DEA ought to grant researchers an exemption permitting them to study CBD ….

Women’s Health, July 3, 2018
5 Rules For Taking The Best Nap Of Your Life
“A 90-minute nap can help you decompress and get creative juices flowing, because it covers a full sleep cycle, taking you from the lightest to deepest stages of sleep and back so you wake up refreshed,” says Sara Mednick, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of California at Irvine, and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life.

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