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The cognitive fountain of youth
UCI-led study finds online brain games can extend in-game 'cognitive youth' into old age, enabling seniors to multitask mentally on par with those 50 years younger
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Fat phobia
New book by UCI sociologist Sabrina Strings explores the religious and racial origins of society's obsession with thinness
child napping
A career on campus, a life on canvas
While working at UCI, social sciences facilities director Gregory Gallardo rediscovered his artistic roots, the fruits of which will be on display in his first large solo show opening in September
Beware: Fake Twitter accounts exploit emergencies to spread misinformation
Sociology graduate student Richard Gardner earns competitive National Science Foundation fellowship to study the phenomenon
Drugs commonly taken to improve cognition only boost short-term focus - at high cost
Nonprescribed psychostimulants impair sleep and working memory, UCI-led study finds
New UCI Center for Population, Inequality, and Policy takes on causes and consequences of socioeconomic inequality
Campus designation as an Organized Research Unit elevates the center's infrastructure to support interdisciplinary research with a policy purpose
UCI launches new open online course on confronting digital extremism
Funding provided by UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence's initiative on confronting extremism
From baseball to business
How UCI contributed to alumnus Taylor Holiday's successes both on and off the field
Soda tax makes grocery store sales fizzle, UCI economics interns find
Program in Corporate Welfare Studies interns crunch data to determine how regulations affect businesses
Chavez receives distinguished career award
Honor from the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists recognizes a career of contributions enhancing understanding of Latinx lives and communities in the U.S.
UCI is #1 among Money magazine's 'Best Colleges'

University is first public institution to claim top spot in national rankings
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in the media
Social sciences faculty and graduate students are consistently sought by media for their expertise in areas ranging from digital play to gender pay. In August alone, 27 soc sci faculty, grad students, and programs were cited, featured, or authors of pieces appearing in more than 63 stories run by news outlets worldwide. Check out some of our top hits, self-authored pieces, and on-air interviews below, or visit us online for the full run down.

Heidi Hardt, political science, via The Washington Post: Our research indicates that works by women are underrepresented in Ph.D. courses and comprehensive exam reading lists in political science. ... Women's names appear less frequently in syllabi and reading lists than in the tables of contents of top scholarly journals - where women are already underrepresented.
Richardson on  interest rates
Tobar on gun violence and race
New York Times
Kopstein on Hong Kong and China
The Atlantic
Chernyak on kids and gratitude
The Conversation

Edwin Amenta, sociology, via AP, New York Times and multiple news outlets: Americans who came of age during the last recession often embrace a larger government role in social policy. "Today's socialism for younger people means the Canadian health system and the Swedish welfare state," Amenta said.
O'Connor on false beliefs (podcast)
LeBron on Santa Ana soil danger
LA Times
Maurer on Facebook's Libra
The Conversation
Tesler on politics and race
Washington Post
A sleep researcher and napping expert has spent years studying what makes the perfect nap - this is her exact formula

UCI cognitive scientist Sara Mednick's top tips, courtesy of Business Insider.
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Workshop: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)
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