Gift to the Raymond Watson Fellowship Fund

July 2014

Elsa Watson, wife of the late Raymond Watson, has made a gift of $75,000 to the Raymond Watson Fellowship Fund in Urban and Regional Planning. Original architect and urban planner for the Irvine Company, Raymond Watson played a key role in building the new city of Irvine and the University of California, Irvine. Since 2006 the Waston Fellowship Fund has been used to attract the best and brightest students to the MURP program: those committed to fostering strong and vibrant communities.

Pictured is the Raymond Watson Pedestrian Bridge, dedicated in 2005.


Parched West is using up underground water

July 2014

Stephanie Castle, MURP '13 (Master in Urban and Regional Planning), and a team of researchers from UCI and NASA, have released a study that found more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought. "We don't know exactly how much groundwater we have left, so we don't know when we're going to run out," states Castle.

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Creek study flows to US

July 2014

David Feldman, Chair and Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, was part of a Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) research group that traveled to Australia to observe the Water Quality Offsets Framework study. The study, led by Western Water, and involving the University of Melbourne, is assessing Jacksons Creek in the vicinity of Gisbourne, Victoria, Australia to determine the major sources of pollutants and possible remedies to reduce them. One of the objectives of the PIRE group is to determine if such remedies can be replicated here in the US.

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The Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement Award

July 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). This is the Division's most prestigious award, established to honor distinguished researchers who have made exceptional theoretical and empirical contributions to the psychological science of aging. Heckhausen will receive the award at the annual APA Convention in August.

Dean's Diversity Research Award

July 2014

Charis Kubrin, Associate Professor in Criminology, Law and Society and Jessica Perez, graduate student in Planning, Policy, and Design are the inaugural recipients of the Dean's Diversity Research Awards in the School of Social Ecology. The awards are given to recognize excellence in research and showcase and advance our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Charis Kubrin received the award in recognition of her article, "Rap on Trial," published in Race and Justice, the official journal of the American Society of Criminology, Division on People of Color and Crime. Her "rap on trial" study represents the mission of the School of Social Ecology for conducting tranformative problem-oriented research, and makes an important contribution to diversity:namely, to help promote equal protection in the adminstration of justice in the courtroom, especially as related to race and class. Jessica Perez's work focuses on strategies to expand and enhance access to services for the homeless and clearly exemplifies the goals of this award.

Zero Waste Plan

July 2014

Each year students in a Planning, Policy, and Design (PPD) and Earth System Science (ESS) class work in teams to identify, research and develop solutions to sustainability challenges on and off campus. This year one of the projects, the Zero Waste Plan, was submitted to The Green Initiative Fund and was awarded $40,000. This project will have a significant impact, moving UC Irvine 2-3% closer to being a zero waste campus. The team behind the project is a great example of a collaboration between Social Ecology and ESS students, with strong support from the class professor Richard Matthew and campus administrators, especially Anne Krieghoff SE '78, UCI's Facilities Sustainability Manager. The student team was led by senior Annette Tran (CLS and PSB). Other members include: Kanyarat Konsue (SE); Phoebe Duong (ESS); Chris Halsch (ESS); and Suzanne Jarmusch (ESS).  In the fall 2014 zero waste recycling stations will be set up at two high profile sites on campus: the Bren Event Center and Cicerone Baseball Field.


Second Regional Progress Report released

June 2014

Dean Valerie Jenness hosted a breakfast for the release and discussion of the Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) Second Regional Progress Report. Community members, civic leaders, campus staff, students and faculty attended to learn more about the report from Professor John Hipp, who presented the findings on behalf of the MFI team of faculty and students. The report focuses on the Southern California region and analyzes data on issues such as jobs, home values, land use and crime. It reveals complex connections among seemingly disparate community problems in order to develop more effective solutions to pressing and emergent challenges.

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President Obama celebrates the class of 2014

June 2014

President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at UC Irvine’s commencement ceremony on June 14, 2014, officially kicking off UCI’s 50th Anniversary. The Angel Stadium of Anaheim was filled with more than 6,000 members of UC Irvine’s class of 2014 and 30,000 family members and friends. Obama’s inspiring speech described UC Irvine as “ahead of the curve” and encouraged graduates to guard against cynicism.

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M. Feldman receives an Honorary Doctorate

June 2014

Martha Feldman, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, has received an Honorary Doctorate in Economics from the School of Management at the University of St. Gallen. The University of St. Gallen is a research university located in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The School of Management (SoM) is the largest School at the University of St. Gallen and is internationally renowned for its unique linkage of economic sciences and practical work. It is consistently ranked among the top 10 of European Business Schools.

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Hellman Fellowship Award

June 2014

Jae Hong Kim, Assistant Professor in Planning, Policy, and Design, Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor in Criminology, Law and Society, Maria Rendon, Assitant Professor in Planning, Policy, and Design, have all been selected as 2014-15 Hellman Fellows at UC Irvine. This fellowhship was created by a generous gift from Mr. F. Warren Hellman, a distinguished UC Berkeley alumnus and supporter of junior faculty. Each professor has been awarded funds to be used toward their research.




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