UCI News

Slate, June 15, 2016
Monotasking: I forced myself to do one thing at a time for a week. It was … hard
“We’re in this environment in the workplace where it’s a structure that’s set up by the technology that makes it really difficult for people to monotask,” said Gloria Mark, professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine who studies distraction in the workplace. … In one study, Mark and her colleagues cut off a group of 13 colleagues from email for a week. They found that the participants multitasked less, felt much less stressed, and spent more time talking face to face (which they reported enjoying).

Medium, June 15, 2016
Digital currency for social good: A reading list
Let’s start with a sweeping generalization: money is always cultural. The folks at the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI) at UC Irvine know this well.  … Professor Bill Mauer, dean of the School of Social Sciences at UC Irvine … directs a whole boatload of researchers around culture and currency. I highly recommend his book: How Would You Like to Pay? How Technology is Changing the Future of Money.

ABC7, June 16, 2016
Undocumented Santa Ana scholar accepted to Harvard medical school
With the support and encouragement of her family, [Blanca Morales] graduated valedictorian from Santa Ana High School, and with honors from the University California, Irvine. … While working at Mary Kay, she joined Health Scholars, a program started by [UCI] Dr. Marco Angulo to train students to help underserved communities. “She epitomizes the Health Scholars program,” Angelo stated. “She epitomizes the community. And it’s so personal to her, you can tell.”

The Huffington Post, June 16, 2016
The long arch of sexual violence against women and girls: Brock Turner’s summer camp sentence
Michele Goodwin, [UCI] Chancellor’s professor of law, [writes]: Turner’s case highlights two big problems in criminal justice in the United States. The first is that race and class continue to matter in criminal sentencing. … Turner’s race, class, and education, placed him above the law. But this is nothing new. Black youth have been sentenced to 20, 30 year sentences for first offense non-violent crimes.

Orange County Register, June 16, 2016
Playing both ‘cops and robbers’ on asset forfeiture
Studying asset forfeiture rates and law enforcement budgets from government datasets across five states, Harvard School of Public Health professor Katherine Baicker and UC Irvine associate economics professor Mireille Jacobson uncovered an interesting link between asset forfeiture rates and local government budgets.

TIME, June 15, 2016
We’re having the wrong conversation about terrorism
These are today’s best ideas. … Scientists created an endlessly rechargeable battery. By the University of California, Irvine.

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