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Washington Monthly, Sept. 28, 2018
Introduction: A Different Kind of College Ranking
Today, the Washington Monthly rankings are often listed alongside (or above) U.S. News when colleges tout their national standing. We rate schools on three equally weighted criteria: social mobility, research, and public service. … University of California was ranked number 20 as one of the top 30 National Universities.

Orange County Register, Sep. 26, 2018
Irvine teen invents way for people with Alzheimer’s disease to communicate needs without using speech
[Grant] Sheen just happens to live near the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, or “UCI MIND.” Soon, he was plowing through data and learning complex algorithms. … He sought advice from UCI math Professor Knut Solna. He sifted through UCI MIND data. He tested theories using his own brain waves. “The goal of creating a neural network,” Sheen offers, “is to get as close as possible to 100 percent accuracy.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Psychology Today, Sep. 27, 2018
The Triple Bind: Moms Who Work
Jessica Borelli, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychological Science at University of California, Irvine, writes, “Now that we (thankfully) have more employment opportunities, we seek to achieve in that realm, yet the pressure for mothers to be involved with their children is also at its apex. We have to be everything to everyone. …. What develops when we inevitably fail to live up to expectations is guilt ….”

The Mercury News, Sep. 27, 2018
Q&A: The science behind Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony to Senate judiciary committee
Many moments are not given equal weight in memory, wrote neurobiologist James L. McGaugh of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at UC-Irvine. … Fear and trauma boosts the storage of memories, creating lasting memories of our more important experiences, according to McGaugh. … That’s because emotional arousal causes the neurons in the brain to fire more frequently, making the experience more intense – and triggering the release of … adrenaline, reported in a 1994 study … by Larry Cahill, also based at UC Irvine’s Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.

Brookings Institute, Sept. 28, 2018
Rebuilding Communities Job Subsidies
David Neumark, Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of California, Irvine, writes, “Existing place-based policies—especially enterprise zones—have generally failed to provide benefits to the least advantaged. … I propose a new place-based policy—Rebuilding Communities Job Subsidies, or RCJS—to encourage job and income growth in areas of economic disadvantage.”

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