Faculty, Student and Alumni Accolades

The School of Social Ecology is proud of the myriad strengths of its faculty and students. Their scholarly achievements are reflected by the awards they have received from a variety of agencies. We are proud of these recognitions, and celebrate their success! The following list represents many of our award recipients and the awards they have earned.

Summer 2014

Jutta Heckhausen, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has been selected to receive the 2014 Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement Award of the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 20 (Adult development and aging). She will receive the award at the annual APA Convention in August.

Spring 2014

Susan Coutin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, has received an award from the Russell Sage Foundation, in support of the project entitled "Navigating Liminal Legalities Along Pathways to Citizenship: Immigration Vulnerability and the Role of Mediating Institutions."

Mona Lynch, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was selected as a Russell Sage Foundation visiting scholar for the 2014-15 academic period. Lynch will live in New York City while she works on a book manuscript based on field research conducted in federal district courts on the adjudication of drug trafficking cases during a period of major policy flux.

Darius Dehghan, graduate student in Criminology, Law and Society, received the 2014 Best Writing Portfolio in Upper Division, from the UC Irvine Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator.

The Fudge Family Scholarship awardees are Helen Tiik Daar and Patricia Place, both undergraduate students in Psychology and Social Behavior.

Victoria Lowerson Bredow and Charlotte Bradstreet are the first recipients of a new graduate community engagement award, The Paul and Frances Baker Dickman Graduate Award for Community Engagement, made possible by a gift from alumna Frances Dickman, Ph.D. and her husband Paul Dickman, M.D. 

The recipients of the Dean's Award for Community Engagement are:
Undergraduate students: Emmanuelle Chandler, Christopher Rendon, Jennifer E. White
Graduate students: Kyndra Cleveland, Tera Dornfeld, Hiroshi Ishikawa and Amrita Singh
Honorable mentions: Cynthia Sanchez and Emily Sandon
The Dean's Award for Community Engagement recognizes students who exemplify a commitment to rigorous academics and sustained community work.

David Busse, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, received the Fall 2014 Dean's Dissertation Writing Fellowship. This fellowship will help support the completion of his thesis "The Psychological and Physiological Costs of Discrimination: Moderating Effects of Bicultural Identity Integration."

Chuansheng Chen, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has been selected to receive the UC Irvine Academic Senate's 2014 Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research.

Kyndra Cleveland, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, received an Honorable mention in the 2014 Faculty-Mentor Program Award competition sponsored by UC Irvine's Graduate Division.

Terry Dalton, Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment, received the 2014-2015 Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Teaching.

Daniyel Grancich, Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) student, has been selected by the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design to receive the Graduating MURP Student Award for Academic Excellence. Daniyel has been engaged in ongoing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) research as well as bridging the gap between planning practice, public health, epidemiology, and environmental and developmental psychology through her studies in Urban Health.

Jutta Heckhausen, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, received Social Ecology's 2014 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research in recognition of her outstanding work in mentoring undergraduate students engaged in research and/or creative activity.

Paul Jesilow, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, and Andy Nguyen Le, undergraduate student in Criminology, Law and Society, were 2 out of only 11 recipients of the 2014 Living Our Values Award. This award honors UC Irvine faculty, staff, and students, whose actions best embody the university's values of respect, intellectual curiosity, integrity, commitment, empathy, appreciation, and fun.

Janice Phung, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, has been selected to receive a 2014 Faculty Mentor Program Award from UC Irvine's Graduate Division, one of only 3 awarded campuswide. This award will provide a stipend, fees, and travel support for Janice for the next academic year.

Sarah Pressman, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has been selected to receive the 2014 American Psychological Association Division 38's Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology Award.

Rebecca Thompson, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, has been selected as the 2014-2015 FLASH (Federal Alliance for Safe Homes) Scholarship recipient for her research regarding the psychological factors that predict whether a person evacuates an area that is under threat from a natural disaster.
 


Winter 2014

Stephanie McEwan, is the recipient the "Edith Sabshin National Teaching Award for Excellence in Psychoanalytic Education" from the American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. McEwan received her award at the 103rd National Meeting in New York City.


Fall 2013

Victor Becerra and the UC Irvine Community Outreach Center received the Community Leadership award from OCCORD (Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development) at the OOCORD's 3rd Annual Dinner and Celebration held on November 6, 2013.


Summer 2013

Geoff Ward, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is the recipient of the 2013 Hindelang Award from the American Society of Criminology for his remarkable book, The Black Child-Savers: Racial Democracy & Juvenile Justice. The Hindelang Award is generally regarded as the most prestigious book award in criminology.

Calvin Mingione, Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) student, is the 2013-2014 Watson Fellowship recipient. As a MURP student, Mingione intends to gain the education and skills that will allow him to enter the field of community planning. His future ambitions include working in community advocacy and educating underprivileged community members about resources that are available to them.

Victoria Kim, Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) student, is the 2013-2014 Department of Planning, Policy, and Design (PPD) Advisory Board Fellowship awardee. As a MURP student, Kim intends to focus on international planning and to undertake research on development in Istanbul, Turkey.

Jessica L. Perez, graduate student of Social Ecology and Nick Petersen, graduate student of Criminology, Law and Society are recipients of the 2013 Newkirk Center for Science and Society Fellowship winners. Matthew A. Valasik, graduate student of Criminology, Law and Society, is an honorable mention. The Newkirk Fellowship promotes appropriate and effective uses of research in the natural and social sciences to enhance the quality of human life.

Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, is the American Psychological Foundation (APF) recipient of the Gold Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Science of Psychology. She received her award at the 121st Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association on August 3, 2013.

An article by Valerie Jenness, Dean of Social Ecology and Professor in Criminology, Law and Society, and Kitty Calavita, Professor Emerita of Criminology, Law and Society, is being given the "Distinguished Article Award" from the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association. The article is titled "Inside the Pyramid of Disputes: Naming Problems and Filing Grievances in California Prisons." They will be recognized at the American Sociological Association's meeting in August in New York.


Spring 2013

Henry Pontell, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, has been named the 2013-2014 recipient of the Daniel G. Aldrich Jr. Distinguished University Service Award. The award is conferred by the UC Irvine Academic Senate to those who, in addition to achieving with distinction their scholarly pursuits, have made sustained and outstanding contributions through service to the University.

John Dombrink, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Service. The award is conferred by the UC Irvine Academic Senate to those who have made outstanding contributions through service to the University.

John Hipp, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, and Jodi Quas, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, have received Outstanding Mentoring Awards from the UC Irvine Emeriti Association. They were honored at the UC Irvine Emeriti Association meeting on June 4, 2013.

Sally Dickerson, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, is the recepient of the 2013 Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology Award (Junior) from APA Division 38. The award will be presented on August 4 at the Division 38 Membership Meeting, held in conjunction with the 2013 American Psychological Association convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Benjamin Latham-Bryman, undergraduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, received the 2013 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.

Richard Matthew, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, is the recipient of the 2013 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research. This award recognizes Professor Matthew's outstanding work in mentoring undergraduate students engaged in research and/or creative activity. He was honored at the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium that was held on May 18.

Jennifer Majdick, undergraduate student double majoring in Psychology and Social Behavior and Criminology, Law and Society, has been named a Research Fellow.

Oscar Tsai and Anaid Yerena, graduate students in Planning, Policy and Design, and Marisa Omori, graduate student in Criminology, Law and Society, have each been awarded the 2013 Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award. They are three of only eight students throughout California to be awarded this prestigious fellowship this year. Oscar's project is "Towards a Sustainable Los Angeles Region? Insights from the Regional Plan." Anaid's project is "Advocacy in Action: Understanding the Influence of Advocacy Organizations on Local Affordable Housing Policy in the U.S" and Marisa's project is "Cumulative Racial Inequality of Drug Offenders."

The recipients of the Dean's Award for Community Engagement:
Undergraduate students: Kristine Gundersen, Jennifer Majdick and Anthony Pham.
Honorable mentions: Marie Montoya and Tania Reza
Graduate students: Veronique Fortin, Beth Karlin, Jessica Perez and Anaid Yerena
The Dean's Award for Community Engagement recognizes students who exemplify a commitment to rigorous academics and sustained community work.

Emily Hooker, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, received the honorable mention for the Anne Anastasi award (APA Division for General Psychology). Emily's research explores the effects of in-person and text message social support on physiological and psychological responses to stress.

Sharon Shenhav, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, received the Psi Chi Mamie Phipps Clark Research Grant. This grant will provide funding for Sharon's research on the parental response to young adults' intercultural dating relationships among Asian and Latino immigrant families. Specifically, her research will explor parent-child conflict and conflict negotiation interactions surrounding intercultural dating relationships.

Joe Tatar, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, received the Society for Research in Child Development Funding Award. This grant will help fund Joe's dissertation which investigates the stability of psychopathic traits from adolescence to early adulthood. Specifially, Joe's dissertation will examine personality differences between primary and secondary psychopathy during this critical developmental transition and how the variable stability of psychopathic traits affects long term success in desisting from delinquent and violent behavior.

The following were honored at the 20th Annual Celebration of Teaching Celebration on April 12, 2013:
Doug Houston, Assistant Professor of Planning, Policy and Design is Social Ecology's Honoree for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.
Donna Schuele, Lecturer in Criminology, Law and Society, has been selected Lecturer of the Year by the Academic Senate Council.
Victoria Lowerson, graduate student in Planning, Policy and Design, and Nicole Matthews, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, and Anaid Yerena, graduate student in Planning, Policy and Design, will be honored as Pedagogical Fellows.

Nicholas Scurich, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, and Criminology, Law and Society, has been honored by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in The Observer as one of the 2013 "movers and shakers" in the field of psychological science.

Joanne Frattaroli-Zinger, Lecturer in Psychology and Social Behavior, has been selected by the graduating class of 2012 and the UCI Irvine Anthology yearbook staff as the Outstanding Professor in the School of Social Ecology. She will be honored in the 2012-13 UCI Yearbook.

Deborah Lefkowitz, graduate student in Social Ecology, has received an honorable mention, for the second time, from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship Program.


Winter 2013

Emily Hooker, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, has been selected as the Emerging Scholar of 2013 from Active Minds and the Scattergood Foundation. This fellowship will provide funding for her research on the moderating role of social relationships on cardiovasular outcomes in young, low socioeconomic status (SES) adults.

Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.   Founded in 1848, AAAS is the largest general scientific society, and the publisher of Science magazine.

Undergraduate students Sahar Salehpour and Anthony Pham were selected as recipients of the Fudge Family Scholarships. These self-supporting students were chosen for their strong display of work ethic and demonstrated motivation to succeed academically despite facing significant challenges on the way to earning baccalaureate degrees in Social Ecology.

Dr. Stephanie McEwan, a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior and a member of the clinical staff in Sports Medicine, has been awarded the 2013 Psychoanalytic Fellowship from the Psychoanalytic Center of  Philadelphia/UPenn School of Medicine. As part of her fellowship project, Dr. McEwan is researching and writing a book entitled: " Introduction to Psychoanalysis and Psychonalytic Studies."

Graduate student Natalia Milovantseva has been named a 2012-13 American Fulbright-Schuman Grantee for her research on electronic waste and the ways to more effectively repurpose the billions of electronic devices manufactured each year.

Graduate students Natalie Baker has been selected as a 2012 National PERISHIP Fellow, for her research on how preparedness for a major earthquake is enacted among staff and students of a large university in Southern California.

Carroll Seron, Chair and Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was recently elected president-elect of The Law and Society Association (LSA). Seron will be president-elect until June 2013, then president until June 2015.

Karen Wu, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, received the Mamie Phipps Clark Research Grant to examine how exposure to Asian or European faces in magazine ads may differentially affect psychological well-being for Asian and European American women.

Sean Wojcik, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, received a travel award to attend the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference in New Orleans. Sean will be presenting his research on the relation between self-enhancement, political ideology, and happiness.

Vanessa Juth, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, received a Dissertation Research Award from the American Psychological Association for her study of the psychosocial well-being in families of adoelscent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients at Children's Hospital of Orange County. Her dissertation examines cancer patients and their caregivers and seeks to elucidate the ways in which their interdependent dyadic relationship undelies their illness-related adjustment.

Joseph Tatar, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, received the American Psychology-Law Society Grant-in-Aid award. This grant will help fund Joseph's dissertation which investigates the stability of psychopathic traits from adolescence to early adulthood. Specifically, Joseph's dissertation will examine personality differences between primary and secondary psychopathy during this critical developmental transition and how the variable stability of psychopathic traits affects long term success in desisting from delinquent and violent behavior.

Caitlin Cavanagh, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, has received a research grant from UC Mexus to examine the role of parents in the juvenile justice system. Specifically, her study will examine the role of mothers' support (e.g., attitudes, resources, cultural barriers) on juvenile offenders' probationary success.

Graduate Social Ecology student Beth Karlin received the UCI/Stanley Behrens Public Fellows award and Marisa Omori and Matthew Valasik, graduate students in Criminology, Law and Society, received honorable mentions in the 2012-2013 Public Impact Fellowship competition.  This program was developed to support and highlight academically excellent students whose research demonstrates the potential to significantly improve or enrich the lives of people in California and beyond. 


Fall 2012

Graduate students Alyse Bertenthal, Nathan Coben, Jennifer Henry and Sheiba Kaufman have been named 2012-2013 Microsemi/Peterson Fellows. These students are associated with the Center for Law, Society and Culture, which promotes interdisciplinary work on the role of social, cultural and historical factors in the development and interpretation of law.

Sachiko Donley, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, has received the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students and Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology Junior Scientist Fellowship. This grant will help fund Sachiko's research study on juvenile offenders' physiological stress reactivity to the experience of adjudication.

Dana Garfin, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, has received the PERSHIP Dissertation Fellowship in Hazards, Risks and Disasters. This fellowship will support Dana's dissertation entitled "Differential Responses to Natural Disasters: The Impact of the 2010 8.8 Magnitude Chilean Earthquake on Children and Adults in the Epicenter."

Daniyel Grancich, graduate student in Planning, Policy and Design, has been awarded a merit-based fellowship for academic excellence by the Department of Planning, Policy and Design.


Summer 2012

Stephanie Castle, Master in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) student, has received a graduate scholarship from the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals (OACEP). Recipients of this scholarship, given to students pursuing careers in an environmental field, are chosen based on their "outstanding contributions to the fields of environmental science, policy, research, design or law." Stepahine is pursuing a concurrent MURP/Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree and is especially interested in water resource planning.

Graduate students Svetlana Bershadsky and Marisa Omori are Social Ecology recipients of the 2012 Newkirk Center for Science and Society Fellowship. This award funds student research that incorporates the mission of the Newkirk Center, which aims to improve science's response to community needs and to increase the effective uses of scientific results for the benefit of society.

Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2012 UCI Medal, the university's most prestigious award. The program bestows lifelong recognition on those who have made extraordinary contributions to the university's mission of teaching, research and public service.

Joanne Frattaroli-Zinger, Lecturer in Psychology and Social Behavior, received the Lecturer of the Year Award from the Academic Senate Council on Student Experience and was honored at the 19th Annual Celebration of Teaching on May 24, 2012. Frattaroli-Zinger was also selected by the graduating class of 2012 and the UCI Irvine Anthology yearbook staff as the Outstanding Professor in the School of Social Ecology.

Larry Jamner, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, was presented with the School of Social Ecology's Honoree for Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award at the 19th Annual Celebration of Teaching ceremony held on May 24, 2012. Jamner has enriched the educational experiences of thousands of students. As Dean Jenness commented at the ceremony, "In their reviews, Professor Jamner’s undergraduate students write about his passion in teaching, his well-prepared lectures, his engaging style, and his innovative approach to teaching large classes”.


Spring 2012

At the Social Ecology Honors and Awards Ceremony held on June 14, students were recognized for their outstanding achievements: Chancellor's Award of Distinction- Eileen Lee, Ramon Lee Jr., Albert Novelozo and Thanh Dieu Truong, PSB Excellence in Research Program-Sang Xuan Do, Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research-Lori Ann Harris, Dean's Scholar Award for Excellence in Research- Natasha Duell, Lori Ann Harris, Gina Shirinian, Dean's Award for Excellence in Field Studies-Nancy Huynh, Gilbert Geis Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award- Fredericka Ong, Strauss Endowment Scholarship- Jonathan Lim. View Full Awardee List

Mandy Leuong and Ali Pezeshkpour are this year's recipients of the Malancha Ghosh Scholarship.

James Meeker, Associate Dean of Student Services and Computing, has been selected as the 2012 Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC)  Award of Merit recipient for his exemplary work in improving access to justice as a volunteer and board member with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, the Access Commission and the Public Law Center. He was honored on June 7th during the Pathways to Justice Conference in San Francisco.

Jennifer Skeem, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, and Candice Odgers, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, were both honored with the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) Excellence in Mentoring Award(s). Daniel Stokols, Chancellor's Professor, School of Social Ecology was a keynote speaker.

Lori Sexton, Ph.D. candidate, Criminology, Law and Society, has been honored with the 2012 Lindesmith Graduate Student Paper Award for her paper entitled "Penal Subjectivities: Developing a Theoretical Framework for Penal Consciousness."

Christie Gardiner, Ph.D. Criminology, Law and Society, June 2008, has received one of the Community Engagement Awards from CSU Fullerton, where she teaches in the Department of Criminal Justice.

Brian Hui, graduate student in Planning, Policy and Design, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. His proposal entitled "People of Boundaries: Theoretical Approaches to Inclusive Participatory Action Research in Immigrant Communities" seeks to further develop the theoretical concepts of ways of knowing, model of care and boundary relationships.

Undergraduate students Darlene Escobedo, Amber Morley, and Thanh Truong are this year's recipients of the Dean's Award for Community Engagement. This award recognizes students who exemplify a commitment to rigorous academics and sustained community work.

Congratulations to the first cohort of Microsemi/Peterson Fellows for the 2011-2012 academic year: Veronique Fortin, Lauren Gruber, and Sean Mallin.

Undergraduate students Brad Bowlin, Cryssie Brommer, and Linda Jones were selected as the first recipients of the Fudge Family Scholarships. These self-supporting students were chosen for their strong display of work ethic and motivation to succeed academically despite the challenges they may have faced.

Edwin Tan, a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology and Social Behavior, has been selected to be a 2012-2013 APA Congressional Fellow.  Fellows spend one year working with the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee. The purpose of this fellowship is to provide psychologists with a public policy learning experience, to contribute to the more effective use of psychological knowledge in government, and to broaden awareness about the value of psychology-government interaction among psychologists and within the federal government.

Brandilynn Villarreal, a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology and Social Behavior, received an Honorable Mention from the Ford Foundation.  Brandi's research examines the motivational and self-regulatory factors that enable regular and transfer students to be successful in postsecondary education.

Caitlin Cavanagh, a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology and Social Behavior, received a research grant from the Psi Chi Honor Society to examine the role of parents in the justice system.  Specifically, her study will examine the role of mothers' support (e.g., attitudes, resources, cultural barriers) on juvenile offenders' probationary success.

Natalia Milovantseva, a Ph.D. candidate in Social Ecology, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and will spend nine months in Ireland, researching e-waste policies in the European Union.

Shannon Reid, graduate student in Criminology, Law and Society, has been awarded the MAS Professional Development Fellowship for the Spring Quarter.

Kyndra Lewis, a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology and Social Behavior, has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GFRP).  This grant will provide funding for Kyndra for three years as she pursues her research on children's susceptibility to suggestion.  Specifically, Kyndra (with advisor, Jodi Quas) will examine a variety of interviewing techniques used with children to increase true disclosures and avoid false reports.

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Winter 2012

Anaid Yerena, graduate student in Planning, Policy and Design, has been appointed to the governing board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.  During the two-year term, ACSP student representatives work to foster planning students’ visibility and representation and enhance ACSP educational purposes. Her research investigates housing and community development theory and practice, with focus on the U.S. and Latin America.

Salvatore Maddi, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has been awarded the Gold Medal for his Lifetime Achievements in Psychology in the Public Interest by the American Psychological Foundation. Maddi will be presented the award at the 2012 American Psychological Association Conference that will be held in August, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.

Brittany Liu, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, won the Outstanding Research Award given by the Graduate Student Committee at SPSP (Society for Personality and Social Psychology), which highlights outstanding first-authored student research.  Her research showed that manipulating beliefs about capital punishment’s inherent morality caused corresponding changes in factual beliefs about its deterrent efficacy and likelihood of wrongful executions.   Brittany's research was part of an SPSP press release and was picked up by The Situationist, ScienceBlog, and PsyPost.

Chris Marshburn, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, was selected as one of seven first place winners (out of 2,000 poster submissions) for his poster presentation at SPSP on "Speaking Race: Confronting Race in Interpersonal Interactions". Specifically, the findings of his study suggest that Whites who expected to discuss a racial topic with a black partner implicitly disidentified with the White ingroup.  Analysis of nonverbal behavior suggests that such disidentification buffers Whites from experiencing anxiety in racial contexts

Karen Wu, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, received an Innovative Small Grant from the Society of Research on Adolescence to examine whether young adults utilize genetically-based detection systems (for MHC-dissimilarity and oxytocin receptor genotype) when selecting romantic partners during a speed-dating session, and whether oral contraceptives may alter the efficacy of these systems.

Candice Odgers, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions. Odgers was recognized for the significant impact her work is already having in the field of psychological science. She received her award in May at the APS Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Michael R. Gottfredson, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, will receive the Western Society of Criminology's Fellows Award for his many significant contributions to the field of criminology at their annual meeting in Newport Beach. Also honored at the meeting with the Paul Tappan Award will be Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the UC Irvine School of Law.

Carolina Sarmiento and Anaid Yerena are the recipients of the 2011-2012 Small fellowship/Scholarship awards from the UC Irvine Graduate Division.

Graduate students Dana Garfin, Psychology and Social Behavior, Alexis Hickman, Planning, Policy and Design and Courtney Reynolds, Social Ecology, are the Public Impact Fellowship awardees of 2011-2012. They were selected for their academic excellence and research that demonstrates the potential to significantly improve or enrich the lives of people in California and beyond.

Ashley Demyan and Adam Schniderman have been awarded CLS-MAS professional development fellowships for Winter 2012.

Jordan Bechtold and Elizabeth Rush, Ph.D. students in Psychology and Social Behavior, have received  National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants that will provide funding for their dissertations. Jordan's dissertation examines youths who commit a crime, get caught and their first contact with the justice system compared to the behavior of peers who engage in the same criminal behavior but are not caught. Elizabeth's dissertation examines the predictors of children's true and false disclosures of adults' trangressions.

Gloria Luong, Ph.D. student in Psychology and Social Behavior, is the recipient of the APA Dissertation Research Award from the Science Directorate. This will fund her dissertation research which examines age and cultural differences in emotion regulation strategy use and effectiveness in response to negative social interactions.

Laurel Reimer, MURP student, has been selected to receive an Orange County Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Scholarship for 2011. WTS scholarships are designed to encourage new professionals to undertake careers in the area ot transporation.

 


Fall 2011

Elizabeth Shulman,  Ph.D. student in Psychology and Social Behavior, has been awarded the Chancellor's Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship. Her work focuses broadly on the normative features of adolescent development that predispose youth to risk-taking. By integrating findings from different areas of developmental and social science, she hopes to shed light on the dynamic nature of adolescent risky decision-making.

John Dombrink, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was awarded the Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund's (HEEF)18th Annual Apple of Gold Award for Excellence in Post-Secondary Leadership. As the first UC Irvine faculty member to receive this award, Dombrink was honored for his dedication to Latino student achievement through the Criminology Outreach Program. 

Susan Turk Charles, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, will receive The Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award at the annual meeting of The Gerontological Society of America in Boston. This award recognizes insightful and innovative publications on aging and life course development in the behavioral and social sciences.

Graduate students Ashley Demyan, Kristen Gamble, Beth Karlin and Natalia Milovantseva are Social Ecology recipients of a Newkirk Center Fellowship. This award funds student research that incorporates the mission of the Newkirk Center, which aims to improve science's response to community needs and to increase the effective uses of scientific results for the benefit of society. 

Graduate students Veronique Fortin, Lauren Gruber and Sean Mallin have been named 2011-2012 Peterson/Microsemi Fellows. These students are associated with the Center for Law, Society and Culture, which promotes interdisciplinary work on the role of social, cultural and historical factors in the development and interpretation of law.

Jutta Heckhausen was awarded Fellow Status by the Behavioral and Social Science Section of the Gerontological Society of America. She has been invited to join the Review Panel “Humanities and Social Sciences” organized by the German Research Foundation as part of the nation-wide "Excellence Initiative" for strengthening research at German universities and will serve as a member of the Advisory and Review Board on National Centers of Competence in Research organized by the Schweizer Nationalfond.
 


Summer 2011

 

Graduate students from the School of Social Ecology have been awarded 2011 Newkirk Center Fellowships. Congratulations to Ashley Demyan, Department of Criminology, Law and Society and Kristen Gamble, Department of Psychology and Social Behavior and to Honorable Mentions, Beth Karlin, Department of Planning, Policy and Design and Natalia Milovantseva, School of Social Ecology.

 


Spring 2011

 

Elizabeth Cauffman, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has been chosen as the School of Social Ecology's Honoree for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She will be honored at the annual Celebration of Teaching awards event on May 26, 2011.

Roxane Cohen Silver, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has been chosen as the Inaugural Faculty Mentor-Mentee Award (FMMA) Honoree by the UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS). This award honors members of the UC Irvine faculty who have shown an outstanding commitment to mentoring and developing the career of junior faculty or graduate students. Professor Cohen Silver was presented her award at the University Club on May 20th, 2011.

Joanne Frattaroli was chosen by the graduating class of 2011 as Outstanding Professor. The graduating class of 2011 and the UCI Anthology Yearbook Staff will honor her for this award at Outstanding Professors Night (OPN), an awards ceremony presented by the yearbook staff. Outstanding Professors Night will be held on May 18, 2011. In addition, she will be featured in the senior section of the yearbook under The School of Social Ecology at UCI.

Elizabeth Loftus,  Distinguished Professor in Psychology and Social Behavior and Criminology, Law and Society, is this year’s recipient of the Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her pioneering research on human memory, which has had a profound impact on the administration of justice in the United States and abroad. Learn More…

Undergraduate students Sang Xuan Do, Mahrukh Madad and Stacey Tsuboi are this year's recipients of the Dean's Award for Community Engagement. This award recognizes students who exemplify a commitment to rigorous academics and sustained community work. Learn More...

Tanya Taylor, a senior in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, was presented the Outstanding Student Athlete Award at the 41st Annual Lauds and Laurels Awards Ceremony on May 12, 2011. Tanya, captain and a member of the UC Irvine's Women's soccer team, led the team to its first NCAA Sweet 16 Tournament and is the first UC Irvine's women's soccer player to be drafted to play in the Women's Professional Soccer league. She has been honored as the Big West Scholar Athlete and achieved Dean's Honors for three consecutive years.

Alumna Joan Patronite Kelly '77 will receive the 2011 School of Social Ecology's Lauds and Laurels Distinguished Alumnus Award. She will be honored at the 2011 UCI Alumni Association Lauds and Laurels Ceremony on May 12th. Learn More...

Mona Lynch's book, Sunbelt Justice: Arizona and the Transformation of American Punishment, received a 2010 PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) award from the National Council of Crime and Delinquency. Sunbelt Justice was published in 2009 by Stanford University Press.

Psychology and Social Behavior Graduate Student Lawrence Patihis and Criminology, Law and Society Graduate Student James Wo, have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. The three year fellowship will allow Lawrence to focus on his research related to memory and personality. James is a first year graduate student and the first NSF recipient from Criminology, Law and Society.

Henry Pontell, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, received the Herbert Bloch Award for his outstanding contributions to the American Society of Criminology and to the professional interests in criminology.
List of Past Bloch Award Winners

 


Winter 2010


Doug Cheung, a double major in Psychology and Social Behavior and Neurobiology, has been awarded the 2010-2011 Dalai Lama Scholarship along with fellow senior Bethel Mesgana. Together they are using the scholarship funds to create an undergraduate course and public forum promoting the holistic understanding of illness and healing.

Graduate Students from the School of Social Ecology have been awarded UCI Graduate Division’s Public Impact Fellowships. Congratulations to Criminology, Law and Society students Emily Troshynski, for receiving the Public Impact Distinguished Fellowship and Tim Goddard and Robert Werth for receiving Honorable Mention Public Impact Fellowships. Congratulations to Social Ecology student Gabriela Noriega for receiving Honorable Mention Public Impact Fellowships.

James Meeker, Associate Dean of Student Services, received the UCI Extension 2010 Faculty Award. This award honors a UCI faculty member for outstanding performance in contributing to University Extension’s success.

Candice Odgers, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has been awarded the 2011 Early Career Research Contributions Award from the Society for Research in Child Development. Professor Odgers will be presented with the award at the SRCD’s Biennial Meeting Awards Ceremony this March.

Henry Pontell, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, received the Western Society of Criminology’s Paul Tappan Award for outstanding contributions to criminology at the group’s annual meeting in Vancouver February 4th. At the conference, he delivered a plenary speech titled “Fraud and Financial Crisis.” Pontell’s research areas include white-collar and corporate crime, criminology, criminal justice and sociology of law.

 


Fall 2010
 

Roxane Cohen Silver, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has been awarded the 2010 Public Advocacy Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), which is given for outstanding and fundamental contributions to advancing social understanding of trauma.

Lauren Grabowski, Second year Master of Urban and Regional Planning student, won first place in the highly competitive California Planning Foundation (CPF) student scholarship contest.

Victoria Lowerson, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Planning, Policy and Design, received the Promising Student Award for Commitment to Community Participation in Research given by UCI's new Institute for Clinical and Translational Science's Community Engagement Unit. The purpose of this award is to encourage and recognize the collaborative efforts between community and researchers.

Candice Odgers, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, received the 2010 Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research. Odgers will be presented the award at an Academic Senate Distinguished Award Event this December.

Ambar Ramos, a senior and double major in Chicano/Latino studies and Criminology, Law, and Society, was selected to be a 2010-2011 Capital Fellow in the Judicial Administration Fellowship Program. Voted one of the Top 10 internships in 2010 by Vault.com, the Capital Fellows Programs are ranked highly on a combination of meaningful work experience and career opportunities.

Lori Sexton, graduate student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, has been selected to receive the UCI Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellowship for the 2010-2011academic year in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement.

Susan Turner, Professor of Criminology, Law & Society has received the 2010 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology. Turner's areas of expertise include the design and implementation of randomized field experiments and research collaborations with state and local justice agencies.

 


Summer 2010
 

Kitty Calavita, Chancellor's Professor and Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She was selected for her outstanding contributions to the social sciences and sustained efforts to communicate her research beyond academia to the policymaking world and public. Listen to the Podcast

Yanyan Zhang, graduate student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, recieved a Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship.

 


Spring 2010
 

Julka Almquist, graduate student in the Department of Planning, Policy and Design, has been awarded a $20,000 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation for her project entitled: "The Orange County Great Park: Narratives, Mythmaking, and an Imagined Future of Southern California." 

John Hipp, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Law and Planning, Policy and Design has received the 2010 Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology.

Elizabeth Landeros, a senior in the School of Social Ecology, recieved the UCI Legacy Award by sharing her vision for how UCI can make a greater impact in the world. Read more about her vision for UCI.

Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, Psychology and Social Behavior, Criminology, Law and Society and Law, has received the 2010 Howard Crosby Warren Medal from the Society of Experimental Psychologists.

The 17th Annual Celebration of Teaching, honored six Social Ecology faculty and students for their contributions to teaching, including:

  • Lecturer of the Year - Dr. JoAnn Prause, Psychology & Social Behavior
  • Excellence in Undergraduate Education - Kitty Calavita, Criminology, Law and Society
  • Most Promising Future Faculty - Spassena Koleva, Psychology and Social Behavior
  • Pedagogical Fellow Honorees
    • Alexia Cooper, Psychology and Social Behavior
    • Kathryn Quick, Policy, Planning and Design
    • Robert Werth, Criminology, Law and Society

Eric Chow and Lillian Hua, Field Study undergraduate students, received awards for exceptional service at the County of Orange Public Works Department. As a part of their service to the County, Eric and Lillian arranged and hosted a website focus group to improve the look and appearance of the OC Planning website. The information they compiled will be used to improve customer service through improvements to the OC Planning website.  

Cleo Tung, 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.