UCI News

The New York Times, July 13, 2021
By Choice and Circumstance, Democrats Put Voting Rights on the Ballot
“There are really two different issues going on,” said Richard L. Hasen, [Chancellor’s Professor], an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine, who supports the For the People Act. “One is the commonly understood concern about voting suppression. The other, which is really new on the horizon since the 2020 election, is this danger of election subversion: The idea that election officials can manipulate election outcomes so that the winner of the election is not actually declared the winner.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

PBS So Cal, July 13, 2021
Five Ways Early Educators Can Make Math Fun, According to an Early Education Researcher
As part of PBS SoCal’s STEAM series, UCI Assistant Professor [of education], Andres Bustamante offered tips on how on how educators can keep the love of learning math alive and well in kids through play by exploring the intersection of math and play, since incorporating math and play together creates richer learning environments that promote other developmental skills. He also shared key approaches educators can use to teach math objectives, such as counting, making patterns and estimating, in their classrooms.

NBC News, July 14, 2021
After San Francisco shoplifting video goes viral, officials argue thefts aren’t rampant
Charis Kubrin, a professor of criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine, who researched Proposition 47 and its impact on public safety, found that the initiative had no effect statewide on most crimes through the year after it was enacted, and while there was a modest increase in larcenies and auto thefts, it was too small to reach any significant conclusions. … “Nobody cares about big broad statistics,” she said. “They care about what’s happening in their backyard.”

U.S. News & World Report, July 13, 2021
For Kids With Long COVID, Collective Help Can Be Hard to Find
Dr. Dan Cooper, a pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at the University of California–Irvine, says that while children are known not to get as severely ill from COVID-19 as adults, they’re still getting sick, and some are developing long-term symptoms. As a pediatric pulmonologist, Cooper says he’s seen kids suffering from long COVID symptoms that have afflicted adults – namely, fatigue and shortness of breath.

This Is Your Brain with Dr. Phil Stieg, July 2, 2021 (Podcast)
Brain Games
Does “brain training” work? Dr. Susanne Jaeggi, [Education professor and director, Working Memory and Plasticity Lab], and Dr. Aaron Seitz are experts who are developing and studying brain apps in a nationwide study of their effectiveness. Together they are exploring how cognitive skills and working memory can both be improved — not just in older people, but especially in them. Plus… sample a brain game yourself! For information  on how to participate in the Brain Games Study go to:  https://bgc.ucr.edu/trainmymemory/

Previously “In the News”