UCI News

MarketWatch, Oct. 9, 2018
AI-based credit scores will soon give one billion people access to banking services
“In the abstract, having access to credit is better than not having access to credit and certainly better than having access to really predatory credit at extremely high interest rates,” said Stephen Rea, a fellow at the Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion at the University of California, Irvine. Still, he cautions that while increased credit access has the potential to meaningfully improve the standard of living in emerging markets, companies and consumers must tread carefully.

Orange County Business Journal, Oct. 8, 2018
Alzheimer’s Disease Doctors Talk Drug Treatment
Drug treatment took center stage at the 29th Annual SoCal Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference late last month …. The event was hosted by UCI MIND, or the Institute For Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders—one of 30 Alzheimer’s research centers funded by the federal government—and Alzheimer’s OC. …UCI MIND Director Dr. Joshua Grill said there’s no lack of promising treatments but that the field needs more research participants, especially for clinical trials. The center is recruiting people …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Washington Post, Oct. 8, 2018 (Column)
Black men — not white guys — face false allegations and a presumption of guilt
A new report on exonerations concluded that African Americans were wrongfully convicted at an alarming rate. The National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project among the University of California at Irvine, the University of Michigan Law School and the Michigan State University College of Law showed that 47 percent of the people who were exonerated were black. Remember, just 14 percent of the U.S. population is black. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Review of Books, Oct. 5, 2018
The Apprentice in Theory: Fan, Student, Star
Catherine Liu, Professor of Film and Media Studies and Devan Bailey, PhD student in the Department of English at UC Irvine, write, ““‘We” are a professor and a graduate student in the humanities who have been working together for three years on topics including the intellectual history of critical theory, culture industry logics, and the contours of the contemporary professional-managerial class. … When the Ronell-Reitman controversy exploded in the press and on social media, we were gripped by the need to work through what it meant for us and for the profession in which we are embedded.”

Education Dive, Oct. 9, 2018
What did California’s novel approach to funding early-childhood programs achieve?
In Orange County, First 5 leaders have worked with researchers at the University of California, Irvine to show the connection between children’s scores on the Early Development Instrument (EDI) — a questionnaire completed by kindergarten teachers measuring children’s skills in five areas — and 3rd grade performance.

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