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Los Angeles Times, Feb. 28, 2020
The 2020 race could become the coronavirus election. Is America ready?
“If we’re unfortunate enough that the virus becomes prevalent in the United States, it could affect both campaigns and the election itself potentially, and affect how campaigns are run, affect who turns out to vote, and potentially affect even the outcome of the election,” said Richard Hasen, a [Chancellor’s] Professor specializing in election law at the UC Irvine School of Law. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Medium Elemental, Mar. 2, 2020
‘Minecraft’ Does Good Things for Your Brain
What effect does time spent exploring a virtual world have on the human brain? A recent study by neurobiologist Gregory Clemenson and his team at the University of California, Irvine, attempted to provide the answer. “We previously found that playing the 3D video game Super Mario 3D World Tour for two weeks could improve hippocampus associated memory,” says Clemenson.

Publishers Weekly, Feb. 28, 2020
Road-Tripping with Héctor Tobar Through His New Novel
On a recent morning at his home in Los Angeles, [UCI Associate Professor] Héctor Tobar, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and expert chronicler of the Latino experience …. wants to talk about the day he encountered the strange, true story of Joe Sanderson, a 20th-century thrill seeker and failed novelist from Urbana, Ill., who is the subject of Tobar’s epic new novel, The Last Great Road Bum …. “I want people to think of Joe Sanderson as one of the great American adventurers of his time—as someone who’s as worthy of being remembered as Jack Kerouac,” he says.

MSN News, Feb. 29, 2020
Freeman Dyson, legendary theoretical physicist, dies at 96
Though he was passed over for the Nobel—his 2000 Templeton Prize cited that work as his “most useful contribution to science”—Dyson’s improvement of the early understanding of how atoms behave was a major advance from earlier ideas regarding both relativity and quantum mechanics, said Virginia Trimble, a physicist at the University of California at Irvine. … “You could say that, without this understanding, you wouldn’t have modern computers or telephones or digital cameras,” she said.

Yahoo Style, Feb. 29, 2020
Why chasing ‘inbox zero’ is a waste of time
Research led by Gloria Mark, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, found that email usage is negatively related to stress. “When an individual spends more time on email during the workday, it is significantly related to lower assessed productivity and higher stress,” the researchers wrote. “Communication is easier and faster via email than written notes and thus it creates more messages that people must spend time with, not only in responding to them, but also in organising and filing.”

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