UCI News

Scientific American, Nov. 1, 2019
Social Media Has Not Destroyed A Generation
Teenage media use has been a particular concern because of the ubiquity of smartphones today and because adolescence is such a formative period of development. In choosing what to worry about, parents have followed scientists’ lead, says psychologist Candice Odgers of the University of California, Irvine. … “It’s ironic that in the end the real danger is not smartphones—it’s the level of misinformation that’s being directed at the public and at parents,” Odgers says. “It’s consuming so much of the airtime that it’s causing us to miss potentially some of the real threats and problems around digital spaces.”

The Atlantic, Oct. 21, 2019
A Textbook Evolutionary Story About Moths and Bats Is Wrong
Though moths and butterflies are familiar, popular, and extraordinarily successful—there are more than 160,000 species—the details of their origin story have been murky. Researchers have tried to decipher those details by comparing the physical features of living and fossilized moths. But it’s “extremely difficult to estimate” how fast such features evolve, says Adriana Briscoe from the University of California, Irvine, and this approach tends to underestimate the timing of important evolutionary events—such as the origin of ears.

Spectrum News1, Oct. 22, 2019 (Video)
Korean Hip-Hop Shows How Music is a Universal Language
Worlds colliding is one way you could describe this Korean hip-hop concert at University of California Irvine. … Their concert is actually part history lesson. Kurtis Blow, one of America’s hip-hop icons, shared the same stage – as part of UCI’s Afro-Korean Hip-Hop Festival. Music like Blow’s, coming out of the early New York hip-hop scene, was influencing the likes of up-and-coming artists like Tiger, who would eventually take hip-hop to another continent in a different language.

LAist, Oct. 21, 2019
SoCal Professors Push To Make College-Level Statistics Less Painful
In 2003, UC Irvine Statistics Professor Jessica Utts has been calling for statistics curriculum reform for decades. She was inspired, in part, by the college experiences of her mother and her sister. … Utts later wrote a short paper that laid out her top seven statistics concepts that “educated citizens” should know.

Orange County Business Journal, Oct. 21, 2019
OCBJ Insider – Civics, and Civility
UCI this Wednesday is hosting a “conversational debate on anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism” between [New York Times Bret Stephens] and fellow NYT’er Michelle Goldberg. The event, open to the public, aims to give attendees “an opportunity to experience respectful discourse,” the school said. Reservations are required. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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