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The Economist, Oct. 12, 2017
Free speech at American universities is under threat
Howard Gillman, the chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, gives students an annual pep talk on free speech. Students often come to university with “no frame of reference” on free speech and the importance of academic freedom, he says. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

NPR, Oct. 13, 2017
Elizabeth Loftus: How Can Our Memories Be Manipulated?
Elizabeth Loftus is a professor of psychology and law at the University of California, Irvine. In her work, she has proven how human memory is not only unreliable, but also mutable. She is most well-known for her work in criminal law, where she has shown that eyewitness testimony can be manipulated. Years of research have taught Elizabeth Loftus just how unreliable our memories are. From tweaking a real memory to planting a completely fabricated one, tampering with our minds is surprisingly easy.

BuzzFeed News, Oct. 12, 2017
San Francisco Is Choking On A Thick Haze Of Smoke. These Are The Health Risks.
A team led by Ralph Delfino of the University of California, Irvine, looked at the medical records of 40,000 people admitted to hospital with cardiovascular conditions during the 2003 fires, and found that they were more likely to come from zip codes that were badly hit by smoke. Heavy smoke exposure increased asthma admissions by about one-third, Delfino’s team concluded, with children and the elderly the worst affected.

The Washington Post, Oct. 13, 2017
To many Americans, being patriotic means being white
Michael Tesler, associate professor of political science at the University of California at Irvine, writes: “But both birtherism and Trump’s attacks on athletes kneeling to protest police violence against blacks easily evoke widespread racialized ideas of American patriotism — conceptions of citizenship that often equate being American with being white.”

CNN, Oct. 13, 2017
The psychology of gold and why it has that allure
Human vision can discriminate millions of colors, but it can discriminate trillions of chromatures — colored textures, said Donald Hoffman, professor of cognitive science at University of California, Irvine. “It is the chromature that targets the human emotions more specifically than uniform color patches,” he said.

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 12, 2017
“Aztlán to Magulandia: The journey of Chicano artist Gilbert ‘Magu’ Luján,” at the University Art Galleries.
This is the first museum survey of one of Chicano art’s most notable figures: Luján, a pioneering member of the 1970s collective Los Four, and a painter known for creating iconographic paintings and murals that featured anthropomorphic animal figures, pyramids that transform into dogs, highly stylized lowriders, and people and landscape. It was work that drew from pop as much as it did from indigenous themes. Through Dec. 16. UC Irvine …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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