The health consequences of exposure to traumatic images

May 2017

Repeated exposure to traumatic images and videos can negatively affect a person's mental and physical health, according to research conducted by Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of psychology and social behavior.

And those sorts of images are likelier to fill computer and television screens following a terrorist attack such as the one in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people. In the wake of such attacks, media outlets should be especially careful about how they report on and tell those stories, Silver says.

A harsher punishment: federal drug crime policy shifts under Sessions

Professor Mona Lynch is watching closely as federal drug crime policies become more punitive

The federal prison population fell for the first time in a generation during Barack Obama’s presidency as his attorney general issued memos advising U.S. attorneys to be more restrained in prosecuting drug crimes.

Under President Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, the outlook is starkly different. And Criminology, Law and Society Professor Mona Lynch, who wrote the book “Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court,” wants to examine how those changes unfold.

Too costly? Bill would allow poor people to pay less for traffic tickets

May 2017

By the time all the fees are tacked on to a Californian's traffic ticket, the price tag can top nearly $500. For low-income people, such an expense can pose a major financial burden. That's why State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-San Fernando, is proposing a bill that would have poor people pay less for traffic violations.

Such a system should be closely examined, though, says Emily Owens, associate professor of criminology, law and society. It could spur people to try to disguise their income -- and possibly even work less to avoid crossing the threshold to a more serious fine.

The question 2017 grads should ask themselves: What if?

Entrepreneur and '05 Social Ecology grad Jermaine Griggs to speak at commencement

What if?

What if you could launch a business? What if you could get a perfect score on the grad school entrance exam? What if you could run for political office?

“What if?”

Jermaine Griggs, 2005 Social Ecology graduate, asks that question every day. And he’s become a business owner, a first-generation college grad, a law school applicant, and someday, he hopes, a public leader.

Social Ecology hires two new faculty members to collaborate with Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research

May 2017

The School of Social Ecology has hired two new assistant professors, Jenna Riis and Kate Kuhlman, to work in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, effective July 1, 2017. Both will collaborate on research with the Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research as part of the School's effort to bring on professors to partner with the Institute.

Studying pesticide exposure in Ventura County farmworker communities

PhD student wins award for research on pesticide application in farmworker communities.

In Ventura County, some neighborhoods back up to hillsides of oak trees and scrub. Residents of other neighborhoods, however, aren’t so fortunate, with homes next to farm fields sprayed with heavy doses of pesticides.

It’s possible to limit that pesticide application, but stakeholders are often constrained in their efforts to do so. Kaitlyn Alvarez Noli, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Planning, Policy and Design, is seeking uncover the inner workings of why – and was recently awarded a $20,000 Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship to support her work.

The financial costs of incarceration, and finding a better way.

May 2017

In California, it costs as much as $60,000 per year to incarcerate someone and pay for prison workers, security, healthcare and a host of other expenses, according to Charis Kubrin, professor of criminology, law and society.

That means any major increase in the prison population is not only a matter of justice, but of government budgets -- and taxpayer pocketbooks. And just such an increase in the prison population looks imminent because of a recent drug sentencing policy issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

90 million people displaced: how to solve the global refugee crisis.

May 2017

Today, 90 million people live in some form of refugee, transition or flood camp -- more than have ever lived in such camps in human history. Richard Matthew, professor of planning, policy and design and director of the UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, says it's possible to solve the humanitarian crisis, but solutions face resistance.

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