Distinguished Alumnus

March 2010

Manuel Gomez '78, alumnus and current Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs for UC Irvine, earns the 2010 School of Social Ecology’s Lauds and Laurels Distinguished Alumnus Award. Gomez will be honored at the 2010 UCI Alumni Association Lauds and Laurels Ceremony on Thursday, May 13 at the Fairmont Newport Beach.

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New on the Bookshelf - Invitation to Law and Society

April 2010

Professor Kitty Calavita's Invitation to Law and Society: An Introduction to the Study of Real Law was recently published by The University of Chicago Press.

The book examines the interdisciplinary field of Law and Society. Calavita brings to life the ways in which law shapes and manifests itself in the institutions and interactions of human society, while inviting the reader into conversations that introduce the field’s dominant themes and most lively disagreements.

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Back-to-basics Childbirth

April 2010

Social Ecology graduate student, Katie Pine, seeks to improve U.S. maternity care with a Public Impact Fellowship.

Katie was motivated to study maternity care in the U.S. partly by the 2007 birth of her twins. "One was in a breech position, but I wasn't required to have a C-section," she says. "I was happy to have this choice when many women in such a situation do not."

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Tung Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

April 2010

Congratulations to alumna Cleo Tung, who was recently awarded a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Tung graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Criminology, Law and Society.

At Cambridge, Tung intends to research the effectiveness of the UK asylum system in protecting women fleeing gender persecution. She will explore the criminalization of women seeking asylum as well as discrepancies between gender asylum policy and practice. Click here to learn more about her future research plans.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship was established in 2000 by the generosity of Bill and Melinda Gates. This international scholarship program enables students from outside of the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge.



Pontell Named Green Honors Chair

April 2010

Henry Pontell, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, recently received the Cecil and Ida Green Honors Chair at Texas Christian University.

Established in 1969, the endowed award was designed to bring to the campus nationally known visiting scholars, scientists, writers and other career persons, and to “bring into association with the Green name some of the world's foremost thinkers and achievers." A sampling of former recipients includes Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Carl Bernstein, and former CBS News anchor Dan Rather. Pontell visited the campus March 29-30 during which time he gave a number of presentations to students and faculty and a university-wide lecture entitled, “Global Meltdown: Fraud in Financial Crises.”

Coutin Named Associate Dean of Graduate Division

March 2010

Susan Coutin, Professor of Criminology, Law & Society and Anthropology, will be joining the Graduate Division as Associate Dean effective April 1.She has served as the CLS graduate director since 2008 and is a former director and current advisory board member of the UCI Center in Law, Society and Culture.

As Associate Dean, Susan will focus on implementing the recommendations of the Task Force on Graduate Student Support/Resources and Development of Professional Master’s Programs. Established by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Michael R. Gottfredson, the task force was charged with identifying ways to increase graduate student support funds, as well as potential areas for new graduate degree programs or the expansion of existing programs.