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UCI Podcast, May 23, 2019
Listen – Special esports episode
The new episode of the UCI Podcast delves into the world of competitive video gaming at UCI. Guests are Mark Deppe, director of UCI Esports, and Avi Behar, a third year philosophy undergrad who plays a key role on the Anteaters college League of Legends team which is defending its championship title in a national tournament this weekend.

NPR, May 23, 2019 (Audio)
A Dream Of Modern China
China is a world superpower today. But just over a century ago, the country was in complete turmoil — foreign powers had carved up the country, the ruling dynasty was losing control, and millions of citizens were struggling to survive. However, that political chaos inspired a nationalist movement that reshaped China as we know it, and it was led by one man – Sun Yat-sen. … [Starts 21:19] “He could be many different things to many different kinds of people” [said] Jeffery Wasserstrom, professor at the University of California, Irvine.

Orange County Register/Coast Magazine, May 23, 2019
Girl Scouts’ event tackles bias
Keynote L. Song Richardson, dean of the UCI School of Law, explored unconscious mental processes, which can lead viewing the world through a biased lens. She provided attendees tools to foster equitable environments that welcome varied perspectives. And she advised girls looking to overcome self-imposed limitations to “tell yourself that you are amazing and that you can do it – the brain will follow.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Forbes, May 24, 2019
How To Reclaim Your Attention And Creativity At The Office Amid Digital Distractions
According to research from UC Irvine, it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds for our brains to get back to a task after an interruption. And that means every time you “rapid toggle” over to a Twitter notification, it will take almost half an hour before your brain is back in the workflow. Such a drain on productivity costs companies money and sabotages a team’s creative energy.

OC Weekly, May 23, 2019
Professor Baseball: Edwin Amenta [People Issue 2019]
Edwin Amenta loves baseball. He loves watching it, reading about it, writing about it, railing against it and especially playing its bastard cousin, softball. He blogs about baseball and has written articles and a book on the sport (with another on the way); the nation’s pastime has even entered his research and course offerings as a UC Irvine sociology professor. … One UCI class he teaches is Baseball in Society, which marries sociological theory with the history of the game. Because the class fulfills an upper-division writing requirement, it is popular with students, including Anteater baseball players.

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