UCI News

Yahoo Finance, March 20, 2021
How to boost your memory at work
At the end of last year, researchers at the University of California Irvine announced they would be launching a study to examine if lockdowns have impacted our ability to remember. … Dr Michael Yassa, director of the UCI Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, told The Wall Street Journal, people use cues to form and recall memories, which are often triggered by new interactions and varied locations. Under lockdown, our monotonous lockdown routines make it more difficult to connect things to certain times.

NPR, March 21, 2021 (Audio)
Too Much Focusing Is Draining. Here’s A Better Strategy
What happens instead when we try to multitask, says Gloria Mark, Ph.D., is that our brains switch among tasks, requiring more brain fuel than staying with one task at a time. “Every activity we do uses a different set of cognitive resources,” says Mark, an informatics professor at the University of California, Irvine. If I do email, I’m using one set of cognitive resources. If I’m reading a report, I’m using a different set of resources.” … Your important work, she says, benefits when you shut off or put away your phone and other screens.

Wisconsin Public Radio, March 20, 2021
Never Write In The Language Of The Colonizer
Kenyan Author And Playwright Ngugi wa Thiong’o [UCI Distinguished Professor of comparative literature] on the power of writing in your native language: “There is a problem. There are hardly any publishers for African writing. If I am a person who is beginning to write and just wants to get published, it’s easier for me to get an English language publisher. So all government policies and publishing practices are against African languages.” SP: “So it’s not as if you are objecting to people writing in English. What you’re objecting to is English being the only language.” NwT: “I’m glad you raised that question because people think I’m somehow against the English language and I keep reminding people that I am professor of English at the University of California, Irvine!” (Laughs)

Slate, March 19, 2021
Coverage of Bay Area Anti-Asian Violence Is Missing a Key Element
Some (not all) of the video evidence of anti-Asian attacks in the Bay Area has featured Black perpetrators. I spoke with Claire Jean Kim, a professor of political science and Asian American studies at the University of California, Irvine, who has previously written a book about Black-Korean community relations in New York City and is finishing up a new one: Asian Americans in an Anti-Black World. I asked Kim to give some historical context for the Bay Area attacks and to critique how the media has been doing in covering the racial dimensions of these crimes.

The Scientist, March 18, 2021
Early-Life Stress Exerts Long-Lasting Effects Via Epigenome
“It is a wonderful paper because it is really advancing our ability to understand how events that happen early in life leave enduring signatures in the brain so that they influence what we do as adults,” says [Professor] Tallie Z. Baram, a child neurologist and developmental neurobiologist at the University of California, Irvine, who wasn’t involved with the study.

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