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Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2018
Supreme Court bemoans ‘hostility’ to religion in wedding cake case, but what about Trump’s ‘Muslim ban?’
“If the court is serious about what it said, it should rule the entry ban violates the 1st Amendment because the process that resulted in the ban was infected by the president’s expressed animus and hostility toward Muslims,” said Leah Litman, a law professor at UC Irvine and a former law clerk for Justice Kennedy. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Healthline, June 5, 2018
Do Colon Cancer Screenings at Age 45 Make a Difference?

Researchers at the University of California Irvine have been noticing an alarming trend. More people are developing colorectal cancer at a younger age. Dr. Jason Samarasena, an associate professor of medicine and director of advanced endoscopic imaging there, says the rise may be partly attributed to the rise in obesity in the United States, but it “doesn’t explain this trend entirely.”

Inside Higher Ed, June 6, 2018
Softening Claims of the Marshmallow Test
In a new study using longitudinal data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), researchers at New York University and the University of California, Irvine, found that interventions inspired by the marshmallow test, which successfully boost children’s early “delay ability,” might have no effect on later life outcomes. In other words, teaching children to delay gratification may not necessarily be the key to a happier, more productive life.

Edge Effects, June 5, 2018
Can Green Diplomacy Take Root in the DMZ?
David Fedman [assistant professor of] history at the University of California, Irvine, writes, “Indeed, whatever their disagreements on denuclearization and unification, both Koreas recognize the value in environmental coordination and natural disaster management. … The environmental challenges posed by climate change and sea level rise likewise offer a natural path for dialogue and cooperation, as coastal regions and fisheries across the peninsula share these risks.”

Heart, June 5, 2018
You’re more likely to get a better salary if you wear makeup to work
Sociologists [UCI alumna] Jaclyn Wong and [UCI associate professor] Andrew Penner collected data from over 14,000 candidates and the results were nothing short of shocking. According to the research, “the beauty premium can be actively cultivated”, meaning even if you’re not congenitally attractive those who spend an extra 20 minutes preening in the mirror before work could result in a higher pay check.

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