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UCI alum Bao Nguyen is sworn in as Garden Grove’s new mayor

Bao Nguyen is to a politician what Peter the Anteater is to a college mascot – different, kind of quirky and real enough that you find yourself wanting to get to know him. The 34-year-old UCI political science alumnus took his oath of office as mayor of Garden Grove December 9 and in doing so, became the youngest known leader in the city’s history. He’s also got another one for the record books, being the first Vietnamese American mayor in a U.S. city of more than 100,000. But ask him about either and he’ll shrug them off, calling both his age and race labels. Hours before being sworn in, he explained the importance of diversity and label-less interests to a class of UCI undergraduates on California politics taught by Mark Petracca, one of Nguyen’s former professors and mentors. More...


Minimum wage study

Increases result in job loss, UCI-led study says; work challenges recent research claiming otherwise

Is the NATO rapid-reaction force fiction?

Hardt provides perspective

Campus honors

Social sciences professors recognized for diversity education and advancement

Domesticating international law

Political science grad student receives NSF funding to help aid policy makers

New leader

DeSipio elected president of Western Political Science

Have mirror neurons been oversold?

Hickok weighs in

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January 8

Efficiency and Equilibrium in Network Games: An Experiment
8 January, 2015

Deadly Appetites: The Racial Biopolitics of 'Black Women's Diseases,' 19th-21st Centuries
14 January, 2015

Easton Memorial
January 23

Altruistic Preference Theory
22 January, 2015

Kant on Laws
23 January, 2015

Easton Memorial
23 January, 2015

January 30

Optimal Learning Produces Maladaptive Anxiety in a Subset of Learners
29 January, 2015

Qualities, Powers, and Bare Powers in Locke
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in the media

Maurer on money

Have mirror neurons been oversold?
Hickok, ABC (Australia)

Is the NATO rapid-reaction force fiction?
Hardt, Washington Post

Letters to the editor: Rebranding citizens
Dalton, The Economist

How to crack the mobile payments market
Maurer, CNBC

A food stamps success story
Bitler, PBS Newshour

San Diego artist could be seeing an extra dimension of color
Jameson, KPBS

Local Cubans skeptical of deal
Fernandez, Orange County Register

UCI study suggests higher minimum wages 'destroy jobs'
Neumark, Daily Pilot

Demystifying the impact of minimum wages
Neumark, The World Bank

Bitler on poverty

China's one-child policy
Wang Feng, Think Advisor

Mirrors of the mind
Hickok, ABC Radio National (Australia)

Hood: Lost jobs at minimum
Neumark, Reflector

Future of mobile pay looks promising but lots left to be done
Maurer, Tweak Town

It's raining racist comments about Asian drivers
Kim, LAist

Jobs lost at a minimum
Neumark, Carolina Journal Online

Raising minimum wage kills jobs: UCI study
Neumark, OC Weekly

Opinion: 6 ways the government criminalizes economic activity
Neumark, MarketWatch, Morningstar and Economics21

6 ways the government criminalizes economic activity
Neumark, Economic Policy Journal

Meyer on protests

Conversation centers on political opinions
Tesler, Daily Trojan

Hope amid the ruins
Turney, Huffington Post

Police protests draw old, young, white, and black
Meyer, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and Seattle PI

Is China too risky an investment for Michigan?
Wang Feng, Detroit Free Press

Anti-illegal immigration activists look beyond California for action
Chavez, Los Angeles Times

China's one-child policy
Wang Feng, Morningstar

As workers strike again, the 'Fight for 15' expands its political horizons
Meyer, Christian Science Monitor

New mayor Nguyen to make his own path as Broadwater legacy remains
Nguyen, Orange County Register

New minimum wage could change city's business climate, experts say
Neumark, Redeye Chicago

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