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The Huffington Post, June 21, 2016
Positive results from brain games may be just a placebo effect
Jacky Au of University of California, Irvine, who authored the 2014 meta-analysis agrees that a placebo effect “almost certainly” exists, but points out that we don’t know if it explains all of the improvement people see from brain games. “The critical question is to parcel out the relative contributions of placebo and training.” Au told HuffPost.

USA Today, June 20, 2016
Survivors of Orlando shooting face painful recovery and financial pitfalls
Another thing survivors will likely begin facing is signs of stress, anxiety and possibly depression, as memories of the incident begin to reemerge, said Merritt Schreiber, a trauma and disaster psychology expert at the University of California, Irvine. Treating those symptoms cost more money

Salon, June 20, 2016
“Orange Is the New Black” could help save trans inmate lives: Prisons continue to fail women like Sophia
In 2007, a study from the University of California, Irvine found that 59 percent of transgender women are sexually assaulted while in prison, whereas just 4 percent among the general population report being raped by guards or other prisoners. The rate of trans sexual assaults is, thus, an astounding 14.75 times higher, and in many cases, these incidents occur with shocking regularity.

The Washington Post, June 21, 2016
Law professor: Judge should be recalled for his role in the Stanford sexual assault case
Even many of Persky’s defenders condemn the sentence. For example, University of California, Irvine professor Erwin Chemerinsky said that he was “outraged” by Persky’s “grossly inadequate punishment” of Turner, which he called a “terrible error.”

International Business Times, June 21, 2016
Plastic to liquid fuel: Scientists use plastic trash to produce clean and pure fuel that can power vehicles
Zhibin Guan, a synthetic polymer chemist at UC Irvine and one of the study’s senior authors, said that the researchers are hoping that they would be able to provide the technology’s key components. Guan added that further developments and collaborating with industry will help in establishing a real useful recycling process, LA Times reported.

The Huffington Post, June 20, 2016
The best advice from Obama’s commencement speeches as President
University of California, Irvine, 2014: Don’t fall victim to cynicism. “I’m here to tell you: Don’t believe the cynicism. Guard against it. Don’t buy into it. … I want to show you how badly we need you – both your individual voices and your collective efforts – to give you the chance you seek to change the world and maybe even save it.”

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