UCI News

The New York Times, June 21, 2018
A.P. World History Tries to Trim Thousands of Years, and Educators Revolt
Laura J. Mitchell, a former chairwoman of the committee that develops the exam and a history professor at the University of California Irvine …. said she was concerned that the course would lose its intended point, which is to be a broad survey of historical trends. … World history asks you to think in long time frames and large geographic spaces,” she said. “Students don’t get those kinds of intellectual challenges in any other course.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Vox, June 20, 2018
Dems are unified on immigration now. Will they still be when Trump is gone?
For the past few years, there’s been a steady trend of Americans becoming more supportive of immigration. … Pew Research Center has reached similar findings, and political scientists Daniel Hopkins (at the University of Pennsylvania) and Michael Tesler (at the University of California Irvine) have found that the 2016 campaign made Americans more pro-immigration, including on Trump’s signature issue of a border wall.

Inside Philanthropy, June 20, 2018
“Ready to Make Our Mark.” An Immigrant Group Becomes a Powerful Force in Philanthropy
Consider, for instance, the steadily growing influence of the region’s Iranian-American donors. … Paul [Merage], in particular, has a special fondness for Southern California organizations. Previous gifts include $30 million to the School of Business at UC Irvine …. Fariborz Maseeh … Support to Southern California institutions includes creating the first independent campus center for Persian Studies and Culture and UC Irvine …. A big institutional funder in Southern California is the Farhang Foundation. … In 2015, the foundation and UC Irvine launched the first-ever Persian Studies minor program in the School of Humanities.

Business Insider, June 20, 2018
There is virtually no evidence to support the assumption that increases in immigration lead to more crime
Charis E. Kubrin, University of California, Irvine, and Graham Ousey, College of William and Mary, write, “For the last decade, we have been studying how immigration to an area impacts crime. Across our studies, one finding remains clear: Cities and neighborhoods with greater concentrations of immigrants have lower rates of crime and violence, all else being equal.”

The Desert Sun, June 21, 2018
DIGICOM is training teachers to redefine the classroom through digital storytelling
Viet Vu and Mark Warschauer, two scholars at the University of California, Irvine, detailed their findings in a paper titled “Digital Storytelling: A Case Study,” which is to appear in the “Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.” Through surveys of students, teachers and DIGICOM employees, Vu and Warschauer found that digital storytelling in the classroom not only resulted in the “encouragement of positive student identities through linking of school, community, and culture,” but also supported efforts in language and literacy development.

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