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Newsweek, Oct. 31, 2019
From Zombies to Vampires: The Origin Stories of Some of Your Favorite Halloween Monsters
Zombies … For many, through death a return to lan guinée—meaning Guinea or West Africa—appeared to be the only way out of the misery and subjugation that was slavery, Amy Wilentz, an American journalist and professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, wrote in The New York Times. The Hatians believed those who died by suicide would not return to lan guinée and would instead be forced to roam the plantations— “dead, and still a slave.” In other words, a zombie.

Matador network, Oct. 31, 2019
Everything you need to know about Dark Matter Day, science’s version of Halloween
Dark Matter Day was first recognized in 2017, and it celebrates the scientific community’s important search for dark matter. … A wide variety of dark matter events are being hosted globally …. At the University of California Irvine, there will be an event called “Space Chunks Live,” which will highlight the groundbreaking work of its researchers, several of whom have worked on the CERN supercollider in Switzerland.

AP, Oct. 30, 2019
5 charged in California student’s alcohol poisoning death
Five Southern California college students have been charged in the alcohol-poisoning death of their fraternity brother, authorities said Wednesday. Noah Domingo, 18, was found dead in January at the off-campus Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house for the University of California, Irvine with a blood alcohol level of 0.331 after a party. … The fraternity’s Irvine chapter was disbanded in the wake of Domingo’s death and the university convened a task force to review the campus culture regarding alcohol and drugs. “We remain saddened by Noah’s tragic death earlier this year,” university spokesman Tom Vasich said in a statement. “We are committed to educating our campus community on the dangers of underage drinking and are invested in preventing another such tragedy from occurring again.”

NPR, Oct. 31, 2019 (Audio)
It’s A Smartphone Life: More Than Half Of U.S. Children Now Have One
Teens report spending only 3 percent of their screen time on creative pursuits like writing, or making art, or music — outside of homework or school projects. But some researchers, like Emily Weinstein at Harvard, and Mimi Ito at the University of California, Irvine, note that social media platforms like TikTok, Snapchat or Instagram can be platforms for creative expression in ways that aren’t necessarily captured by a survey like this. It also may be that teens use their consumption to inform and inspire their creative expression, like Mingo, an aspiring animator, does.

Fortune, Oct. 29, 2019
Markets Are Betting That Good Things Come in Threes—Especially Rate Cuts
“In the mid-1990s, you did see a small number of steps one way and then a step back,” says Gary Richardson, a professor of economics at the University of California at Irvine. But since about 1994, “usually you’ll see a series of changes in the same direction. … There’s a lot of speculation that the Fed’s resolve to not worry about equity markets or what the executive branch has said has weakened,” Prof. Richardson says. “I would guess that in ten years when we know the full story, it’s likely to be untrue.”

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