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The New York Times. Nov. 2, 2019
Where ‘Jaws,’ the Ride, Lives Forever
Roland Betancourt, an associate professor of art history at the University of California, Irvine, said that theme parks offer a kind of parallel universe that is rich with lore and fantasy. “Theme parks are a unique cultural space,” said Mr. Betancourt, who teaches classes about Disneyland’s design and history. “They aim for utopias that are never quite fully present. They represent a continued desire to unsettle time and space through art and architecture, to produce a sense of place that is never quite fully realized.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

AP, Nov. 4, 2019
Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint
Maura Allaire, an assistant professor of water economics and policy at University of California, Irvine, was surprised Canada’s major water suppliers aren’t routinely required to add anti-corrosives to drinking water. “Yikes, I could imagine in older cities if they’re not doing corrosion control what can happen when acidic water touches lead pipes in homes,” she said. … “The big discussion in the U.S. among politicians is to replace the pipes, but that takes time and is costly. If there’s lead in the water, you’ve got a public health problem that needs to be dealt with now.”

Family Circle, Nov. 1, 2019
Mind Control: How to Focus and Pay Attention
According to a study conducted by Gloria Mark, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, every time we switch from one project to another and back again, we lose a hefty amount of mental efficiency, as well as create a certain level of stress. “If we are interrupted from a task, it takes us a full 23 minutes to circle back to our original degree of concentration for the job at hand,” says Mark.

The Mercury News, Nov. 2, 2019
Orinda: Day after Halloween party shooting kills five, sadness and calls for action around the Bay Area
“Even with something less frightening and stressful, you’ll get a whole bunch of different stories,” said Elizabeth Loftus, a cognitive psychologist at the University of California, Irvine and well-known expert on human memory. “The difficulty is when people talk with one another or get interrogated by someone who has a hypothesis, or when it’s a high publicity event, where there are news accounts…That has the potential for contaminating the memory of others.”

Broadway World, Nov. 2, 2019
Jargie the Science Girl will Tour Children’s Theaters
When 27-year old Jocelyn Argueta was working her way through college, studying Biochemistry at the University of California, Irvine, she filled her little free time working and performing with Phantom Projects Theatre Group in La Mirada. … “As a student, whenever I was in rehearsals, I was thinking about my science, about my goal and how my life was going to change in the coming months,” reflects Argueta. “As an adult I found that when I was in lab, I’d be thinking about my time as a performer with Phantom Projects.”

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