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Nov. 30 - Global gender wage gap; Alzheimer’s trial enthusiasm wanes

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Leaning trees and fallen leaves between McGaugh Hall and the Schneiderman Lecture Hall.

Leaning trees and fallen leaves between McGaugh Hall and the Schneiderman Lecture Hall. Photo by Ian Parker


Director Joshua Grill and study leader Marina Ritchie are part of the UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, or UCI MIND.

UCI study says media coverage dampened enthusiasm for Alzheimer’s drug trials

A UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders survey found news coverage of the FDA’s decision to approve a controversial Alzheimer’s drug made people less willing to volunteer for trials of similar drugs. UCI MIND researchers conducted their study among people aged 50 to 79 who had expressed willingness to take part in Alzheimer’s drug research. Eight days after the FDA gave the drug aducanumab a green light, UCI MIND sent survey participants a similar questionnaire with a new section about the approval and found that fewer respondents were willing to participate.

UCI sociologist Andrew Penner

UCI sociologist Andrew Penner led statistical research to examine the wage gap between men and women in 15 nations.

Global gender-based wage gap focus of new UCI-led study

A new, 15-country study led by UCI sociologist Andrew Penner has produced detailed findings regarding the wage gap between men and women who work the same jobs around the world. The results, published in Nature Human Behaviour, are based on work by Penner and 28 faculty members, researchers and officials from 23 institutions across 15 nations: Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United States.


Badly needed rainstorm headed to SoCal

Amid reports that 20% of California water agencies could face supply shortages if the state’s drought continues, weather forecasters are predicting some relief this weekend. A major storm that could drop several feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains–the source of much of the state’s water supply–is expected to head south starting Thursday and will likely hit SoCal by this weekend. Although only 1 to 2 inches of rain are expected in coastal areas of L.A. and Orange County, up to 4 inches could fall at higher elevations. 

UAW strike update

UC officials announced tentative agreements yesterday with UAW representatives for postdoctoral scholars and academic researchers. If ratified by union members, the new five-year contracts will be effective through September 2027. The new contracts address such issues as compensation, job security and paid family leave. However, the postdocs and academic researchers will remain on strike in support of other UAW units still negotiating with UC officials. While negotiations continue, so do instruction and research. The latest FAQs and information are available on the provost's continuity webpage


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Opinion: Jiang Zemin’s Death Could Haunt Xi

Bloomberg, Nov. 30
Cited: Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history

11 Scientific Advancements Inspired by Sci-Fi Stories

Mental Floss, Nov. 30
Cited: Alon Gorodetsky, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering

Gassy on a Plant-Based Diet? That May Be a Good Sign

Verywell Fit, Nov. 29
Cited: Katrine Whiteson, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry


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