Planning, Policy, and Design Distinguished Fellows 2015-16

August 2015

The Department of Planning, Policy, and Design is pleased to welcome the third class of Distinguished Fellows for the 2015-16 academic year. The program was established to connect senior planning and policy leaders to graduate students and alumni in urban planning. The Fellows represent a wide variety of policy interests: urban planning, housing, transportation, urban design, energy, environment, and community development. Click here to learn more about the program.

The Fellows include:

  • America Bracho
    President and CEO, Latino Health Access
  • Bill Fulton
    Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University
  • Susan Hori
    Partner, Real Estate and Land Use, Mannatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Felicia Marcus
    Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board
  • Timothy Psomas
    Chairman Emeritus, Psomas; and Founding Chair, Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Tony Salazar
    President, West Coast Operations, McCormack Baron Salazar

9 DIY ways to improve your mental health

August 2015

There are simple things that people can do to give themselves a mental health tune-up. In livescience 9 items were listed with one being to "learn to not sweat the small stuff."  In "learning to not sweat the small stuff," researchers found that the more negatively people responded to small things, like having to wait in traffic or having arguments with a spouse, the more anxious and distressed they were likely to be when they were asked again 10 years later. "It's important not to let everyday problems ruin your moments," states Susan Charles, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior. "After all, moments add up to days, and days add up to years."

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The Twilight of Social Conservatism: American Culture Wars in the Obama Era

August 2015

John Dombrink, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, recently published The Twilight of Social Conservatism: American Culture Wars in the Obama Era. Even though many Americans' feel that President Obama's 2008 and 2012 elections show that the United States' post-partisan, post-racial society was victorious, it seems that they are more divided than ever. But, Dombrink, drawing on demographic research, political polls, contemporary media, and internet commentary, shows that the vitality of major social conservative ideas from the cultural war has waned. Jerome Skolnick, co-author of Justice without Trial: Law Enforcement in Democratic Society, says that the book, "...is essential reading to fully comprehend the social, political, and economic forces that are shaping, and will shape, the American future.

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UCI repeats as No.1 "Coolest School" in the nation

August 2015

UCI has placed first in Sierra magazine's annual ranking of the country's "Coolest Schools," a feat that marks the first time any university has secured the top spot more than once and the sixth consecutive year UCI has been included among the top 10 "greenest" campuses in the U.S. UCI was noted for its waste management program, obtaining energy from clean sources and encouraging students and employees to use alternate transportation by offering incentives. UCI quadrupled its use of solar power and reduced its annual carbon emissions by 1,500 metric tons by adding 11,700 solar panels this year.

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California agrees to pay for transgender inmate's sex reassignment

August 2015

Shiloh Quine, who entered the California prison system as Rodney in 1980, has won her lawsuit against the state of California and will have a sex reassignment operation, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Quine, who is serving a life sentence without parole for murder, was first denied the surgeries by California prison officials but, the state's decision was undermined in June when its own expert concluded that Quine required the operation. Litigation over surgery marks a "gigantic" progression in the rights of transgender inmates, said Valerie Jenness, dean of the School of Social Ecology and a prominent researcher in the field. Her work documented the high incidence of sexual assault of transgender inmates in California, at nearly 60%. "You can see the evolution," Jenness said.

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How awe makes us generous

August 2015

Paul Piff, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, and his fellow researchers, have discovered that looking at such things as the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel, gazing at stars and other majestic experiences, awakens an appreciation for the world around us and inspire a profound sense of awe. Experiencing awe can actually cause people to act more benevolently toward others. Awe, in other words, can help make the world a better place. “For hundreds of years, people have talked about the importance of awe to human life and interpersonal relations,” states Piff “And just now we are beginning to devise tools for testing it and understanding it."

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In memoriam: Margot Carlson

August 2015

Social Ecology alumna and Executive Director of Community Services Programs (CSP) Margot Carlson passed away on July 23, 2015 after a brief illness. As a founding member of the organization, Carlson strived daily to better the lives of the community through the programs that she established. Taking the organization from a single focus of providing juvenile diversion services to today, CSP now offers a dozen different community-based programs that collaborate with hundreds of city, federal and community agencies county-wide touching more than 100,000 lives annually. In May, the Coastline Pilot published a feature story about Carlson in recognition of her 40th anniversary with CSP.

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Vivian Artuez Saiz visits UCI

August 2015

On July 21, 2015, Assistant Professor Vivian Artúez Saiz from the University of Havana visited UCI to meet with UCI leaders and present her research on sustainable development in Cuba. Saiz met with Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Lavernia and other UCI faculty and staff to discuss Lavernia's interest in the University of Havana and the inspiring initiative led by Professors John Graham and William Hernandez through the newly established Center for Global Leadership. Saiz also presented an "Empowering Women in Cuba" talk that was highlighted by the incorporation of photographic portraits she had taken of Cuban women from all walks of life, followed by a talk based on her academic specialty, "The Value Chain Approach and Strategic Planning for Sustainable Development in Cuba." This talk was particularly relevant considering Cuba's current preparation for greater integration into the world community.

Pictured: Provost and EVC Lavernia and Saiz
Photo credit: Eveline Shih-Pitcairn/Photo Boutique

 

Criminology Outreach Program

July 2015

Education is the Lighting of a Fire spotlights the Criminology Outreach Program (COP). John Dombrink, Professor of Criminolgy, Law and Society, is the director of COP. Established in 1999 COP seeks to acquaint middle school and high school students with college course content and procedure, familiarize them with issues of student life and intellectual pursuit in college, and create involvement in the type of policy debates that occur in the criminology field.

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