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Donor Wall Reception

November 2014

The Social Ecology Dean's Leadership Council and other Social Ecology supporters gathered for a reception on November 12, 2014 to honor this year’s additions to the list of supporters on the Donor Wall in the Social Ecology's Dean's Office. The wall recognizes the many transformative gifts made by both alumni and the community over the last 40 years. This year’s additions include Scott and Laurie Dubchansky, Ronald and Patricia Huff, and Daniel and Jeannette Stokols.

Pictured: Scott and Laurie Dubchansky

Appealing to Justice

November 2014

Chancellor's Professor Emerita Kitty Calavita, and School of Social Ecology Dean and Professor Valerie Jenness, co-wrote Appealing to Justice: Prisoner Grievances, Rights, and Carceral Logic, published by University of California Press. Through interviews with prisoners, prison staff and official records, the book takes us through the byzantine grievance process and gives voices to those who are almost never heard from.

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PPD Distinguished Fellows Mixer

November 2014

Students, faculty, and Advisory Board members from the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design mixed and mingled on November 14, 2014 with the 2014-2015 class of PPD Distinguished Fellows. The PPD Distinguished Fellows include:

  • Allen Baldwin, Founding Executive Director, Orange County Community Housing Corporation
  • Marian Bergeson, Former California State Senator, State Assemblywoman, and Secretary of Education
  • Celeste Cantú, General Manager, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA)
  • Shaheen Sadeghi, Founder, LAB Holding

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New Interdisciplinary Center on Family Violence

November 2014

UCI's new Interdisciplinary Center on Family Violence (ICFV), which unites community partners with faculty from 20 UCI departments, was recently launched. The ICFV aims to be the premier site for research, education, clinical care and community collaboration on family violence prevention and intervention, by bringing together experts in biological and physical sciences, engineering, informations and computer sciences, art, law, medicine and health sciences, social sciences, and social ecology. Dean Valerie Jenness, Terry Dalton, Ray Novaco, Oladele Ogunseitan, Ray Novaco, Jodi Quas, and Ilona Yim are the Social Ecology faculty members involved with the ICFV.

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Where does someone who studies solitary confinement go to be alone?

November 2014

Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, spends a lot of time studying prisons and prisoners' rights and solitary confinement but where does she go when she wants to be alone? In an article on Zocalo Public Square "In the Green Room," Reiter is asked where she spends her alone time and many other interesting questions.

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Photo credit: Aaron Salcido
 

Center for Psychology and Law Distinguished Fellows

October 2014

The Center for Psychology and Law is honored to welcome the inaugural class of Distinguished Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year. Fellows will contribute their time and expertise by serving on the Center’s Advisory Board, providing professional mentorship to graduate students, and participating in a special policy briefing. The Fellows include: Honorable Judge Maria D. Hernandez, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Park Dietz, and Jennifer L. Keller.

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UCI named best U.S. college for criminology

October 2014

The Department of Criminology, Law and Society (CLS) was named the number one U.S college for a major in criminology by USA Today, edging out Ivy League University of Pennsylvania. USA Today based their rating on UCI's CLS program that  "combines classes in criminology with socio-legal studies to give students an advanced understanding of criminal justice theories."

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Why we shouldn't charge the Sayreville kids as adults

October 2014

Elizabeth Cauffman, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, participated in a Question and Answer session on NJ.com about the seven Sayreville high school football players that are accused of sexually hazing their younger teammates. They have been charged with varying degrees of involvement and three are facing the most serious charge of aggravated sexual assault. The prosecutor is being pressured to try them as adults. In the interview, Cauffman makes the case that we should never charge kids as adults, no matter what they have done. Based on her research, she feels that imposing a harsher punishment will only backfire and the kids might do worse things in the future.

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