UCI News

The New York Times, July 18, 2019
House Votes to Raise Minimum Wage to $15, a Victory for Liberals
Economists have increasingly accepted that some level of minimum wage increase can work — coming at a minimal cost to jobs — in some jurisdictions, said David Neumark, an economist at the University of California at Irvine who has studied minimum wages extensively. … “It has had what I would say was a remarkable and unexpected political success,” Mr. Neumark said of the $15 minimum. “Does it make sense? Call me skeptical.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Secret History of the Future (The Economist), July 17, 2019 (Podcast)
Apple Podcast: S2E3: Unreliable Evidence
“It was called the Bertillon System, after the developer of the system, Alfonse Bertillon, who was a police official in Paris, France. … It was an anthropometric system of identification. Anthropometry is the measurement of the human body.” Simon Cole, professor of criminology, law & society at the University of California, Irvine. (6:09)

Houston Chronicle, July 17, 2019
Here’s a trick to help your toddler make healthy choices
Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, have determined that toddlers 21 to 27 months old experience something called the “recency bias.” That means when they’re asked if they would rather have cake or broccoli, 85.2 percent of the time, when answering verbally, they’ll choose broccoli over cake because it was the last option they heard.

OC Weekly, July 18, 2019
BY THE TIME WINTER COMES, I’LL BE IN FLORIDA [SPECIAL SCREENINGS, JULY 18-25]
Like a Woman. School may be out but UC Irvine’s Center for Persian Studies and Culture is keeping its Docunight screenings going through the summer break. Mojgan Ilanlou’s 2017 documentary, which is presented in Persian with English subtitles, profiles Faezeh Hahsemi, the daughter of Iran’s powerful former president, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani. But more important she is a brave activist for women’s and Baha’i rights in her fundamentalist country. A discussion, audience Q&A, and reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres follows.

Venture Beat, July 16, 2019
Researchers create tiny ‘beyond 5G’ chip for 100GHz data transmission
“We call our chip ‘beyond 5G’ because the combined speed and data rate that we can achieve is two orders of magnitude higher than the capability of the new wireless standard,” explained UCI electrical engineering and computer science professor Payam Heydari. “[O]perating in a higher frequency means that you and I and everyone else can be given a bigger chunk of the bandwidth offered by carriers.” Hossein Mohammadnezhad, lead author of the academic paper announcing the project, says that the “new transceiver is the first to provide end-to-end capabilities in this part of the spectrum.”

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