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USA Today, June 8, 2022 (Subscription)
Abortion opponents once agreed rape and incest were ‘exceptions.’ What changed?
“The shift has been quite dramatic. Even five years ago, we would not have seen anti-abortion legislation that would not have exceptions for rape and incest,” said Michele Bratcher Goodwin, a law [Chancellor’s] Professor at the University of California, Irvine who heads the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy.

Hyperallergic, June 5, 2022 (Review)
The Women Artists Who Found Inspiration in Friendship
Nancy Buchanan, Marcia Hafif, and Barbara T. Smith were in the first MFA program at the University of California, Irvine, in 1969. Run by Robert Irwin in the then-undeveloped ranch lands of Orange County, the studios not even built yet, it was a hotbed of experimental art. The work of the three artists, whose decades-long practices span performance, painting, video, and sculpture, is the subject of the group exhibition how we are in time and space at the Armory Center for the Arts.

The Healthy, June 7, 2022
Here’s How Long the Best Nap Lasts, a Neuroscientist Says
Sara Mednick, PhD, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine and author of 2022 book The Power of the Downstate, spoke with The Healthy @Reader’s Digest to reveal how powerful it is for our bodies to rest and recharge during daytime. Having spent decades researching the effects of sleep, [Professor] Mednick suggests napping can be especially effective with some scientific insights in mind.

Healthline, June 6, 2022
Latest Research on Cannabis as a Treatment for Chronic Pain Remains Unclear
Daniele Piomelli, Ph.D., director of the Center for the Study of Cannabis at the University of California, Irvine, told Healthline he agreed there are many obstacles to cannabis research. “In addition to regulatory hurdles, which for cannabis are greater than most other drugs, [the] cost is a problem. Funding a large clinical study without a corporate sponsor (e.g., a pharmaceutical company) is virtually impossible,” Piomelli said. … “The main current treatment for chronic pain [is] the opioids, which don’t work well in chronic pain, are highly addictive and are rife with side effects. So, unsurprisingly, many persons living with pain are hopeful about cannabis,” said Piomelli.

Your Tango, June 9, 2022
If You Obsessively Check Social Media, You Probably Suffer From This Disorder
A 2016 study from researchers at the University Of California, Irvine found that a lack of sleep — in addition to affecting people’s moods and productivity — leads to more frequent online activities, such as scrolling Facebook feeds. “When you get less sleep, you’re more prone to distraction,” said lead researcher Gloria Mark, a UCI informatics [Chancellor’s] Professor. “If you’re being distracted, what do you do? You go to Facebook. It’s lightweight, it’s easy, and you’re tired.”

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