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.
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.
Virginia Parks, a professor in the Urban and Environmental Planning Department at Occidental College, will join the School of Social Ecology as chair of the Department of Planning, Policy and Design. She will start July 1, 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.
After terrorist attacks such as the bombing in Manchester, England, where 22 people were killed, community leaders often urge people show resilience, and continue on with their daily lives, according to Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of psychology and social behavior.
Entrepreneur and '05 Social Ecology grad Jermaine Griggs to speak at commencement
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.