Quas wins 2017 Outstanding Community Researcher award

May 2017

Jodi Quas, a professor of psychology and social behavior, has won the 2017 Outstanding Community Researcher award from the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, a campus-wide institute that helps shuttle discoveries from the lab into practice.

The award recognizes a UCI faculty member who has demonstrated commitment to collaborative research partnerships with a community organization.

Attorney General's tough-on-crime policy could divide Republicans

May 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recently issued tough-on-crime drug sentencing memo runs counter to bipartisan efforts to overhaul the criminal justice system, said Mona Lynch, professor of criminology, law and society.

The memo is "a direct swipe at both the congressional effort to do sentencing reform and the U.S. attorneys’ offices efforts to reduce mandatory minimums," Lynch told Bloomberg BNA.

The regional divide that might result from tougher federal drug crime sentencing

May 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking a hard stance on federal drug crime sentencing, reversing earlier attempts by the Obama administration to reduce the severity of punishment for low-level offenders.

This change could drive regional, geographic disparities in who gets sentenced and for how long, said Mona Lynch, professor of criminology, law and society.

You didn't build that: why remembering your good fortune can be good for you and others

May 2017

Life is shaped by factors beyond a person's control -- unearned advantages and undeserved disadvantages. But how much someone recognizes that often depends on whether they've benefited from or been hindered by those external factors, according to research by Paul Piff, assistant professor of psychology and social behavior.

Sentencing under Jeff Sessions about to get much more punitive

May 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has instructed the 93 U.S. attorneys to prosecute people for the most serious offense possible, and send them to prison for as long as possible -- a reversal of Obama-era policies that aimed to reduce sentencing and prevent low-level offenders from serving long prison terms.

Criminology, Law and Society Professor Mona Lynch spoke with Slate about the ramifications of Sessions' recent policy memo, and outlined how it departs from recent bipartisan consensus on sentencing reform. The main takeaway? "It’s about to get much more punitive."

Water UCI Middle School Conservation Idea Challenge presentations

Event date(s):
Tue, 05/30/2017

WHAT: The first, second and third place winners of Water UCI's Middle School Conservation Idea Challenge will present their innovative ideas for improving water conservation in Southern California.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Calit 2 Auditorium, http://bit.ly/Calit2Park

RSVP: Please RSVP to Shannon Roback at sroback@uci.edu


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Indigenous Peoples and the Environment: Compelling Urgency and the Imperative for Action

Event date(s):
Mon, 05/22/2017

UCI to host conference on Native American tribes’ most urgent environmental issues

WHAT: UCI will host the first gathering of chiefs, governors and presidents of indigenous sovereign nations within the U.S., along with scholars from California State University and University of California campuses. The goal of the “Indigenous Peoples & the Environment: Compelling Urgency & the Imperative for Action” conference is to help inform environmental decision-making and influence governance outcomes and solutions throughout the entire country. The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: 12:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, May 22.

WHERE: Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering, 100 Academy Drive, on campus.

RSVP here.

Media planning to attend should RSVP to Pat Harriman at 949-824-9055 or pharrima@uci.edu. Parking is complimentary.


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Elizabeth Loftus gives expert testimony in Jerry Sandusky case

May 2017

Elizabeth Loftus, distinguished professor of social ecology, gave expert testimony at the latest Jerry Sandusky appeals hearing, saying by phone that that there is no credible scientific support for a theory that someone can wall off a “horrific brutalization” and then recall it later because of counseling and therapy.

One of victims in the former Penn State assistant football coach's child sexual abuse case said his statements evolved from when he first testified five years ago -- a change he says resulted, in part, because of counseling and therapy.

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