UCI News

Orange County Register, Nov. 18, 2019
UCLA study tried to change children’s gender identity starting in the 1960s, say two educators
A UC Irvine seminar held Nov. 12 brought together [Karl] Bryant and another subject of the clinic’s three-decade study. … After the presentation, Bryant and [Sé Shay] Sullivan took questions from an audience of more than 100 in a standing-room-only lecture hall. Jeanne Scheper, [UCI] associate professor of gender and sexuality studies, monitored the Q&A. The symposium would give the guest speakers an opportunity to “turn the lens of critical analysis on the doctors who studied them, labeled their gender as pathology, and subjected them to forms of what we would now call reparative therapy,” Scheper said in her introduction. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KNX1070, Nov. 11, 2019 (Audio)
UCI Study on Vets Grief Highlights Overlooked PTSD Connection
“While there has been abundant research quantifying war’s psychological impact, much of it has focused on PTSD, depression, and substance or alcohol abuse associated with combat exposure,” said lead author Pauline Lubens, who earned a doctorate in public health at UCI last year and is now a policy analyst at the Institute for Veteran Policy at Swords to Plowshares in San Francisco. “There has been limited focus on grief among veterans.”

Orange County Business Journal, Nov. 18, 2019
Startups & Innovations – Launch
Aliso-Viejo based OCTANe plans a new accelerator for nonprofits … The new accelerator’s first cohort includes: … OC Stem, which promotes STEM competencies through partnerships with organizations such as the Orange County Department of Education and the UCI School of Education among others …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The London School of Economics and Political Science, Nov. 14, 2019
Pushing research to the limit – Who innovates in social science research?
Sharon Koppman, assistant professor of organization and management in the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine and Erin Leahey write, “Although breaking from tradition may advance science, it may not benefit scientists themselves. … What makes some scientists more likely to engage in research that breaks from tradition, despite the risks?  In our recent study, we considered two possible explanations.”

Wired, Nov. 19, 2019
Microtasks Might Be the Future of White-Collar Work
Microproductivity emerged in part as an evolutionary response to everyone’s number one complaint about office life: interruptions. It takes 25 minutes to truly resume a task we’ve been distracted from, on average. Even still, our attention shifts across our computer screen every 47 seconds, as research by Gloria Mark, an informatics professor at UC Irvine, has found. And with each interruption we often lose context. When we come back, we tend to forget what the heck we were doing.

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