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Rap music doesn't always mean what it says

September 2014

Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, and Erik Nielson (University of Richmond) wrote an amicus brief for the U.S. Supreme Court on the complexities of-and responses to-rap music for an upcoming case involving the prosecution of rap lyrics. They note "Rap music resides squarely within a long tradition of African American storytelling and verbal competition, one that privileges exaggeration, metaphor, and, above all, wordplay."

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Microsemi/Peterson Fellows announced

September 2014

Graduate students Matthew Fritz-Mauer and Nicole Sherman have been named the 2014-2015 Microsemi/Peterson Fellows. These students are associated with the Center for Law, Society and Culture, which promotes interdisciplinary work in the role of social, cultural, and historical factors in the development and interpretation of law. The Microsemi/Peterson fellowships are made possible through a gift from Jim Peterson, CEO of the Microsemi Corporation, who has been a generous supporter of the Center's activities over the past 4 years. The selected fellows participate in a year-long set of activities designed to further their interdisciplinary research training, through intellectual collaboration and exchange, and through the production of an original project.

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Can we be optimistic with millions behind bars?

September 2014

Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was a panelist on a  Zócalo/California Endowment panel with Tim Golden, The Marshall Project's managing editor of investigation and news, as the moderator. The question, "Should we be optimistic about the criminal justice and prison systems in America?" was presented to the panel for discussion.

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Diplomacy by Design

September 2014

Scott Bollens, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, was quoted in Foreign Policy magazine regarding the rebuilding of cities traumatized by conflict. Too often an international aid organization managing the direct aftermath of a crisis risks leaving behind projects with little lasting impact, Bollens states. Post-conflict responses often pay insufficient attention to local needs and conditions. "You can't throw a park down and think everybody's going to mix and be happy and share picnic tables and sing songs together," Bollens argues. Instead, by understanding the micro-scale details of how neighborhoods function, recovery interventions can be more effective. These cities, Bollens says, are "filled with history and they're filled with memory and they're filled with tension. And we have to be very careful how we intervene."

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UCI advances in U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges survey

September 2014

UCI has advanced in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges survey, ranking 42nd of 1,600 universities evaluated nationwide. The seven-point jump is UCI’s largest in a decade. Among public institutions, the campus rose to 11th from 14th. The campus also did well in the “best value” category, coming in 39th. Scores are based on academic quality and net cost of attendance for a student receiving the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality and the lower the cost, the better the value, according to the survey.

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Gillman selected as UCI Chancellor

September 2014

University of California President Janet Napolitano has announced that she has selected UC Irvine Provost Howard Gillman, Ph.D., now serving as interim chancellor, to lead the campus as its sixth chancellor. The UC Board of Regents will vote on the selection and terms of his appointment in a special session scheduled for September 18.

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New Chair of Criminology, Law and Society

August 2014

Cheryl Maxson is the new Chair of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society.

Maxson is internationally known for her work on the juvenile justice system and gangs. Over the course of her career, she has produced a body of work that has had a tremendous impact on how we understand the social organization of gangs and interventions into gang behavior. More locally—here at UCI—she is equally well-known as a committed teacher and public servant. With regard to the latter, she has served her department and the campus in a variety of visible and not-so-visible ways, including as Graduate Director in the Department of Criminology, Law and Soceity. Along the way she has revealed an abiding commitment to collaboration, shared governance, fairness, collegiality, and excellence. She is easily identifiable as a colleague who appreciates the blend of scholarship, teaching, and service that is highly valued in the school and at UCI.

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California Community relying on bottled water

August 2014

David Feldman, Chair and Professor in Planning, Policy, and Design, was quoted in The Huffington Post, regarding the effects of the drought on a community in Central California. The residents of East Porterville have been without running water for months, since their wells had run dry, and recently received 15,552 1-gallon water bottles after county officials found out about their shortage of water. "I think wherever you have some degree of urban growth and continued pressures on supply–drought in particular–and not many sources of supply, you’re likely to see this kind of thing," states Feldman.

Summer Research Program in Social Ecology

August 2014

The Departments of Psychology and Social Behavior (PSB) and Criminology, Law, and Society (CLS) recently concluded the second year of the three year "Summer Research Program in Social Ecology" through the UC-Historically Black Colleges and Universities (UC-HBCU) Initiative. This eight-week summer program at the UCI campus provided a unique research opportunity for several advanced HBCU students committed to pursuing doctoral education at the University of California. Through an intensive educational and mentoring experience, these UCI Summer Research Scholars acquired the skills crucial for their success as doctoral students, including hands-on research experience, participation in graduate-style seminars, and dissemination of scientific research in academic forums.

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