This year's UCI Medal event "A Celebration of Stars," held on October 2, 2010, honored two of Social Ecology's Leadership Council members, Salma (B.S. Bio '99, B.A. SocEco '09) and Hazem Chehabi, M.D., for their transforming philanthropic contributions to UCI. The event raised $1,000,000 in support of scholarships and fellowships.
Victoria Lowerson, a PhD student in the Department of Planning, Policy and Design, has been selected by UCI's new Institute for Clinical and Translational Science's Community Engagement Unit to receive the Promising Student Award for Commitment to Community Participation in Research. This award was formally bestowed at the Institute's Chancellor's Community Health Workshop and Awards Dinner on October 28, 2010.
The purpose of this award is to encourage and recognize the collaborative efforts between community and researchers and acknowledges Victoria's key role in facilitating community and research collaboration. A flyer is attached to this e-mail, which also provides some idea of the breadth of people and organizations being recognized by the Institute this year.
Geoff Ward, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his research entitled: The Anti-Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi and North Carolina, 1955 to 1971. Ward is collaborating with David Cunningham, Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University and Dan Kryder, Professor of Political Science at Brandeis University.
Salvatore R. Maddi, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has changed the way many view stress. Not only is it an unavoidable part of life, he argues, it can be good for us — as an agent of personal growth.
The School of Social Ecology had an opportunity to feature its faculty research in a presentation to more than 80 UC Irvine Foundation members and community leaders on September 23, 2010 at the Pacific Club. Attendees learned about several societal issues addressed by our faculty: conflict and peace-building, reentry of parolees, foreclosures and neighborhood changes, autistic children and their families, effects of stress on health, and coping with traumatic life events.
On September 21, Henry Pontell, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society testified before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in Miami on the workings of mortgage fraud, and its effects in Florida.