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Orange County Register, July 30, 2019
Hoag, UCI Medical Center are named among best hospitals in California
Hospitals in Southern California accounted for more than half of the best 25 hospitals in the state in new quality rankings from U.S. News & World Report, with Newport Beach’s Hoag hospital and UCI Medical Center in Orange making the Top 10. … In the new rankings, Hoag and UCI each got three out of five stars on patient experience, and both were recognized for high nurse staffing levels. Specific care areas recognized on the list included Hoag’s fertility clinic and pediatric intensive care at UCI. Both hospitals have made the U.S. News & World Report list before. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

AP, July 30, 2019
California governor signs bill on presidential tax returns
While states have authority over how candidates can access their ballots, the U.S. Constitution lays out a limited set of qualifications candidates must meet to run for president, said Rick Hasen, a professor specializing in election law at the University of California-Irvine School of Law. Those qualifications include requiring presidential candidates be over age 35, born in the U.S. and live at least 14 years in the country.

The Washington Post, July 30, 2019
The segregation of Latino schoolchildren: The bad — and a dash of good — news
A report by researchers at three universities concludes that the segregation of Latino children in elementary schools has grown since a generation ago — but there is some good news, too. The report was conducted by academics from the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Maryland and the University of California at Irvine, and it was just published in “Educational Researcher,” a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Medium, July 30, 2019
Game Design in Real Life: The Benefits of Playing Games
The lead researchers in this study, Craig Stark and Dane Clemenson from UCI’s Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, believe that this memory increase is due to the similarities between exploring a 3D game environment and exploration in the real world. When the brain is required to keep track of 3D spatial relationships it forms new neurons similar to rats navigating a maze, while this effect was not seen in the 2D control group.

Finder, July 31, 2019
Senate Banking Committee hears on future of cryptocurrency regulation
Mehrsa Baradaran, professor of law at University of California Irvine School of Law outlined the problem of under banking and financial exclusion, some of its causes, and then explained why cryptocurrency is not the solution. … “The Constitution of the United States has authorized only this institution, Congress, to change the laws and institutions related to currency. The problems of inequality and inefficiency that Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency industry has set out to solve are not problems of technology, they are problems of policy. And it is in this chamber, and not in a tech startup office or anonymous whitepaper, that these problems must be addressed.”

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