UCI News

Forbes, July 11, 2018
McDonald’s Says Goodbye Cashiers, Hello Kiosks
A 2017 study by economists [UCI Professor] David Neumark and Grace Lordan finds a minimum-wage related increase in unemployment among employees who previously held jobs susceptible to automation. Younger workers were some of the hardest hit by this outcome, which shouldn’t be surprising; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly half of minimum wage workers are between the ages of 16 and 24.

The Huffington Post, July 16, 2018
Leaving NATO Would Make The U.S. And The World Less Safe
Heidi Hardt, assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, “In a private session at the summit, President Donald Trump is reported to have threatened to leave NATO if allies do not spend more on defense. …Simply put, withdrawing from NATO would make the world less safe. It would likely increase the risk of attacks on allies and reopen the possibility of conflict among them.”

Scientific American, July 16, 2018
Light Beam Lets the Deaf (Gerbil) Hear
“These are impressive results, showing a credible new means of restoring activity to the deaf auditory system,” says neuroscientist John Middlebrooks, of the University of California, Irvine, who was not involved in the work. “With substantial future research effort there’s potential to move ahead of [beyond] what can be accomplished with a cochlear implant.”

The Christian Science Monitor, July 16, 2018
US states change up suspect lineup policies to improve accuracy
Another organization that tracks wrongful convictions, the National Registry of Exonerations, which is run jointly by the University of California at Irvine and law schools at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, found that mistaken identifications were a factor in 29 percent of 2,245 exonerations since 1989.

Times Higher Education, July 11, 2018
US undergraduate education is declining and failing
Richard Arum, dean of the University of California, Irvine’s School of Education, blamed falling levels of independent study by students on institutions, stating that they are failing to enthuse students to study or inspire them to prepare for lectures and seminars. … “A third of college students say they spend less than an hour studying alone a day,” said Professor Arum, who underlined that the “academic engagement of students is very low”.

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