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Los Angeles Times, June 8, 2019
For UC Irvine art history class, Disneyland becomes a research subject
Disneyland may be a small world, but it still took Roland Betancourt 130 visits over a year and a half to prepare for his new art history class at UC Irvine. … His seminar class, known as Disneyland: Art, Architecture and Operation, was piloted this spring. It focuses on the history of theme parks and the design that goes into developing them. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Bloomberg, June 10, 2019
China Faces Showdown in Hong Kong as Mass Protests Roar Back
“The two sides seem to be on a collision course, so it is hard to see a satisfying conclusion,” said Jeffrey Wasserstrom, professor and China historian at the University of California, Irvine. “Whether or not the new law is enacted, the people of Hong Kong have made an important statement.”

ABC News (AP), June 8, 2019
High court could cause Va. election drama, but likely won’t
“I just think it’s so unlikely that the Supreme Court is going to mess with the districts at this point I would not be overly concerned,” said Richard Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine. If Hasen is right, that will mean the state carries on with a plan to have voters choose lawmakers to the 100-member House using a map seen as favorable to Democrats in the general election.

Daily Pilot, June 7, 2019
UC Irvine student government declares ‘campus emergency,’ commits $400,000 to combat food insecurity
The money will come out of the Associated Students of UC Irvine Senate’s reserves — unspent student fee dollars banked from previous years — and go to the FRESH Basic Needs Hub, an on-campus resource center and food and toiletry pantry.  … The action earmarks up to $80,000 for emergency meal swipes for a campus program, Zot Out Hunger, and sets aside as much as $188,000 for providing fresh pantry food at the Hub. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Futurity, June 10, 2019
The Case for Adding a Midday Nap to Sixth Grade
It was the first comprehensive study of its kind, Sara Mednick, associate professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine says. “Many lab studies across all ages have demonstrated that naps can show the same magnitude of improvement as a full night of sleep on discrete cognitive tasks. Here, we had the chance to ask real-world, adolescent schoolchildren questions across a wide range of behavioral, academic, social, and physiological measures.”

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