UCI News

The Wall Street Journal, July 26, 2017
Illegal Immigrant to Go on Trial For Murder in Case Cited by Donald Trump
Immigration in general either has no effect on crime or is linked to a decrease in crime, according a recent analysis of 51 studies on the topic conducted by Charis Kubrin, a criminology professor at University of California, Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, July 25, 2017
Spit lab at UCI tests saliva of babies, zoo animals for painless diagnostics
For UC Irvine scientists, the research opportunities are mouthwatering in the relatively untapped salivary field. They are testing small amounts of saliva for stress and reproductive hormones, DNA, environmental chemicals, and proteins linked to brain disease. Last year, Doug Granger, a leading saliva researcher, joined UCI and opened what he described as the largest university-based salivary testing lab in the nation. “We’re studying from pregnancy to end of life,” said Granger ….

MarketWatch, July 25, 2017
Opinion: What the solar eclipse on Aug. 21 will mean for stocks
Good Day Sunshine: Stock Returns and the Weather” was conducted by David Hirshleifer of the University of California, Irvine …. The researchers found that a country’s stock market performs significantly better on days when the sun is shining in the city of its leading stock exchange. “Are Investors Moonstruck? Lunar Phase and Stock Returns” was conducted by Lu Zheng of the University of California, Irvine .… The researchers found that “stock returns are lower on the days around a full moon than on the days around a new moon.”

Wired (UK), July 22, 2017
False memories and false confessions: the psychology of imagined crimes
In late 1990, when the trial was under way, Elizabeth Loftus, a cognitive psychologist at the University of California, Irvine, received a telephone call from Franklin’s attorney, Doug Horngrad. He wanted her as an expert witness for the defense. Loftus had been studying memory for more than 20 years and had testified in several previous criminal cases. … Loftus’s involvement in the case spurred her to pioneer research into false memory.

EdSource, July 25, 2017
As kindergarten readiness bill evolves, some remain concerned about its effect on learning
Jade Jenkins, a UC Irvine assistant professor of early childhood policy, said the bill is largely unnecessary because other, effective tools already exist …. “Most people don’t consider it useful,” Jenkins said. “It’s more a screener, more about capturing potential developmental delays or issues with a child; it’s not about assessing how skillful they are in any of these domains.”

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