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Psychology Today, Sept. 17, 2016
What teachers need to know about their students’ brains
Recent research on improving cognitive abilities of autistic children has shed new light on development of “normal” children’s brains and has profound implications for improving education at all grade levels for all types of students. … Here’s what Cynthia Woo and colleagues of the Neurobiology and Behavior Department at UC Irvine found last year and why it’s so important.

Southern California Public Radio, Sept. 16, 2016
Can a smiling selfie a day lead to a happier life?
According to a new study from the University of California,  Irvine, taking selfies – while smiling – can put you on the road to happiness. … For more, researcher Yu Chen spoke with Take Two‘s Deepa Fernandes. She began by explaining the methodology behind the study.

The Atlantic, Sept. 15, 2016
America would happily pay Uber an extra $7 billion
The UC Irvine transportation economist Kevin Roth points out that L.A.’s subway has been estimated to relieve $1 to 4 billion worth of congestion every year in that city, where the share of people riding the subway is relatively low. ”If a few extra vehicles [off the road] can cause that in L.A., it’s not far-fetched that extra Uber vehicles circling around 24-7 will generate congestion costs that wipe out a nontrivial share of this consumer surplus,” Roth says.

Orange County Register, Sept. 17, 2016
Why Asians have become the dominant group in Irvine – and what that means for the city
Irvine’s Asian population hovered between 35 percent and 40 percent for much of the past decade, before surging last year, according to census estimates. The Asian influx is part of a larger nationwide pattern, said Jennifer Lee, a sociology professor at UC Irvine. … Because there are far fewer universities in Asia, the immigrants’ children had “a much greater chance to get into a top university in the U.S. than in their own country,” Lee said.

PBS Newshour, Sept. 18, 2016
Why do suicidal patients wait hours for a hospital bed?
A 2009 study, co-authored by Jangho Yoon, assistant professor at the College of Public Health and Human Services at Oregon State University, and epidemiologist Tim A. Bruckner, associate professor of public health, University of California, Irvine, found that a decrease in public psychiatric beds increased suicide rates.

The Washington Post, Sept. 19, 2016
Birtherism was why so many Republicans liked Trump in the first place
Michael Tesler, associate professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, [writes]: Birtherism quickly became a major campaign issue last week when Donald Trump refused to say that President Obama was born in the United States. Instead, he told The Washington Post’s Robert Costa, “I’ll answer that question at the right time. I just don’t want to answer it yet.”

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