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The Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2017
Can an Entire Generation Change Its Personality?
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As with IQs, we don’t know why personality traits are changing. “It’s kind of a mystery,” says Richard Haier, an emeritus professor at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of “The Neuroscience of Intelligence.” If extraversion is rising, he said, then—as is the case with IQ-test levels—improvements in general health and nutrition could be affecting the change. Education too could play a role, he says—for example, more exposure to problem-solving at school. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KPCC, June 26, 2017
SoCal colleges scramble to make new financial aid available for summer students
After having been cut in cost-saving measures five years ago, the U.S. Department of Education announced last week that it would restore the federal financial aid Pell grant program for students taking summer classes. But the move, which goes into effect on July 1, has left some Southern California college administrators scrambling to figure out whether students whose summer sessions begin before that date would be able to receive the new funds. “It’s a little unfortunate that the guidance came down as late as it did,” said Rebecca Sanchez, director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at U.C. Irvine, whose summer session begins on Monday.

The Sacramento Bee, June 26, 2017
Will Supreme Court retirement bring ‘Kennedy Court’ to an end?
Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean and distinguished professor of law at University of California, Irvine, School of Law., writes: “Few modern justices have had as much influence on constitutional law as Anthony Kennedy. For a long time now, it really has been the Kennedy Court. The question, and likely no one but Kennedy knows, is how long it will continue to be that.”

Daily Pilot, June 23, 2017
20 years after J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book, students reflect on how it shaped their lives (Subscription required)
It also transformed the way kids consume literature and it inspired readers to create their own multimedia content, said Jonathan Alexander, chancellor’s professor of English at UC Irvine who lectures on young adult fiction. … Though Rowling does tackle issues of intergenerational conflict and being an outsider, Alexander said Harry Potter “struck a needed tone” with readers on the importance of using “real life magic with the power of imagination to lead a better life.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Broadway World, June 23 , 2017
BWW Interview: Go Under The Sea with Prince Eric Kunze
“I went to UC Irvine. After UC Irvine I moved to New York and did a few shows. … Les Mis was my first Broadway show right out of college. My senior class did an internship in New York and took classes. I had met the casting directors for Les Mis in LA [when I auditioned] for the Miss Saigon national tour. I was probably 19 or 20 then and they said come back in a couple of years when you graduate. So, I did that in New York and I ended up booking it. And that’s how it all started.”

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