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CNBC, July 28, 2020
The top 50 U.S. colleges that pay off the most in 2020
The list spotlights 50 schools that provide students the highest average salaries for their tuition dollars. … 16. University of California, Irvine. In 2019, the university enrolled approximately 30,382 undergraduate students. UCI is known for its engineering and criminal justice programs. Average annual net cost for in-state students (income $48,001-$75,000): $14,746. Median salary for alumni with 10+ years of experience: $116,000.

Marketplace, July 28, 2020 (Audio)
If the Fed’s nominees were confirmed, could they change monetary policy?
Judy Shelton has advocated for tying the value of the U.S. dollar to the price of gold, as it was before the Great Depression. Gary Richardson, professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine, said he’s not worried about Shelton getting the United States to return to the gold standard. “The concern is that someone who’s out there advocating that we should be on a gold standard doesn’t understand monetary policy and doesn’t understand the way the economies or the national or international financial systems function,” Richardson said. But he said because the Federal Reserve is designed with checks and balances, her influence would be limited.

Bloomberg, July 27, 2020
Colleges tap tech to calm students paying for remote classes
The University of California, Irvine has sent almost 300 students laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots. Almost 40% of those who attend the college qualify for Federal Pell grants that are given to low-income candidates. Tom Andriola, chief information officer for the University of California System, hopes the effort brings “equity in terms of the ability to access the internet and to watch a live stream lecture, or be able to access systems.”

Ms. Magazine, July 24, 2020
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—Meet Ms. Mary Hamilton
Michele Goodwin, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law writes, “In 1964, the Supreme Court ruled in Hamilton v. Alabama that Black women were entitled to be referred to by their names.  More specifically, the Supreme Court ruled courts must use respectful forms of address long required and reserved for white women. … Hamilton’s case resonates in the wake of Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) accosting and hurling a misogynistic slur at Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

Orange County Register, July 27, 2020
Orange County may ask advance notice of official Chinese or Vietnamese delegation visits
UC Irvine Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom, who teaches Chinese and world history, said tensions between the U.S. and China have been escalating recently, in part due to China’s handling of the coronavirus. But China and Vietnam have been at odds over that issue as well, he said. “What’s unusual about this is that, first of all, for a county level to get involved in something that’s really more of a national issue, but it’s also unusual, the combining of China and Vietnam that stands out in this case,” he said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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