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ABC News (AP), Oct. 13, 2020
Georgia breaks turnout record for first day of early voting
“Election officials have limited resources — especially during the pandemic,” Rick Hasen, an election law professor at the University of California, Irvine, tweeted Monday night. “Great enthusiasm on the first day of voting leading to long lines does not necessarily mean there’s a systemic problem. Let’s give it a few days.”

The Washington Post, Oct. 14, 2020
At work while at home: The new paradigm
In fact, parents are spending more time with their children today than they did at the height of the nuclear family in the mid-1960s, according to a 2016 study from the University of California, Irvine. Mothers doubled their time with their children from 54 minutes per day in 1965 to 104 minutes per day in 2012, the study reported. Fathers quadrupled their child-care time from 16 to 59 minutes per day. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 12, 2020
How the SoCal coast inspired a legendary author’s feminist Kenyan epic
At 82, Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o — a towering figure of contemporary African literature and theory — is as fiercely prolific as ever. … Now a distinguished professor of English and Comparative Literature at UC Irvine, his work remains engaged with his homeland in new and perhaps unexpected ways. His new book, “The Perfect Nine,” is a recounting of the creation myth of the Gikuyu people of Kenya — a quest novel-in-verse that explores folklore, myth and allegory through a decidedly feminist and pan-African lens. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

COSMOS Magazine, Oct. 14, 2020
New view of Tweed Valley’s attraction
“When common rocks, known as olivine, chemically break down, they absorb carbon dioxide to form carbonates that can then be washed into the oceans,” explains lead author Kyle Manley, a postgraduate researcher now at the University of California Irvine, US. Plankton use these dissolved carbonates to build their calcium carbonate shells or skeletons. When they die and float down to the sea floor, their bodies accumulate into thick layers of deep-sea sediments that keep the carbon locked away for millions of years.

Elemental, Oct. 12, 2020
What doomscrolling does to the brain
Roxane Cohen Silver, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine, first studied the effects of exposure to negative news after the 9/11 attacks. “We found that people who were engaged in more television exposure in the first week after the attacks were more likely to develop mental and physical health effects in the aftermath,” she says.

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