UCI News

The Washington Post, June 20, 2019 (Opinion)
We need to fix forensics. But how?
Simon Cole, professor at University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology, National Registry of Exonerations [said], “Judges could focus more on controlling the content of the testimony than on draconian all-or-nothing admissibility decisions. Almost every expert has something of value to say. It’s just that many experts also overstate the value of what they have to say.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CNN, June 20, 2019
Slack is ruining my life and I love it
“It’s expected that there will be more of an immediate answer because you are expected to be on Slack all the time,” said Gloria Mark, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, who studies technology use in the workplace and has too many Slack groups of her own. “With emails, people can turn it off. They can batch their emails where they just look at it two or three times a day. Because of the social component with Slack, it’s harder to do that.”

Dissent, June 18, 2019
Chan Kin-man and the Spirit of Dissent in Hong Kong
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History at UC Irvine writes, “Chan Kin-man, a sociology professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), …. was one of the three main organizers of Occupy Central with Peace and Love, a nonviolent civil disobedience campaign that morphed into the Umbrella Movement when Joshua Wong and other student activists in their late teens and early twenties began to take leading roles in the struggle. … In the wake of last week’s events, I wonder if Chan still believes there are many students in Hong Kong who are more afraid of their parents than the police.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 20, 2019
How One Professor Helps Online Students Forge Connections
Rachel Lehman, a lecturer with a continuing appointment who teaches the course at UCI, worked hard to build a great online version, which she teaches in the summer, fall, and winter. But she kept hearing the same complaint from students: Given the asynchronous, online nature of the course, they didn’t get to know their classmates. … So Lehman came up with a way to help: a spin on office hours that takes an active-learning approach, with students working in small groups. The program, called Aloha, for Active Learning Office Hours and Assignments, began in the fall of 2018.

Mashable, June 18, 2019
So many health and wellness apps haven’t done research to back up their claims
“Any behavior change under the sun I’ve seen apps make claims about,” said Stephen Schueller, a UC Irvine psychological science professor who studies mental health and behavior change. “The pathway through which these things get to consumers is much different from the way non-technological things get to consumers.”

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