The false promise of DNA testing

May 2016

Criminology, Law and Society professor William Thompson and his research on DNA evidence was featured in The Atlantic. Thompson helped free an innocent man, Josiah Sutton, who was falsely convicted with bad DNA evidence. “For me, there was a shift of emphasis after Josiah,” states Thompson. “It was no longer a question of whether errors are possible. It was a question of how many, and what exactly we’re going to do about it.”

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Are the Southern California surfers known as the 'Lunada Bay Boys' really a criminal gang?

Tue, 05/17/2016

May 2016

Cheryl Maxson, Chair and Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was quoted in East Bay Times California.

From the East Bay Times:
Maxson recently used the topic of the Bay Boys as an exercise for students in her gang course.
"I challenged my students to really think outside the box and not be so set on our stereotypical notions of who joins a gang and what that kind of group identity can do for individuals," Maxson said.

Ronald Huff, Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society, was quoted in the same article:

Though Huff believes the Bay Boys sound more like an organized group of bullies, he said they meet the definition of a gang, legally, even if they are only largely committing property crimes."To me, they are in some ways a throwback to what we call a territorial gang. They're a gang that like, in the old days, would claim a neighborhood," Huff said. "But these guys are claiming the waves."

Research backs relationship between health, happiness

May 2016

Sarah Pressman, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, conducts research on the correlation between happiness and health. Her research was the subject of a recent article in the Daily Pilot. Pressman studies the role that positive emotions and social relationships play in influencing stress and health outcomes. "Happiness matters a great deal in your health," states Pressman. "That's just not wishful thinking. It's science."

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Searching for a better understanding of youth crime

May 2016

Elizabeth Cauffman, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, was interviewed by Thy Vo for the Voice of OC about the Crossroads study. Researchers from UC Irvine, Temple University and the University of New Orleans are working together on the Crossroads study to examine the developmental consequences - such as academic achievement, employment, maturity and mental health - for adolescents who are involved with the criminal justice system. Cauffman is the lead researcher and talked about some of the study's early findings and how the changes associated with adolescent development should help guide how the juvenile justice system responds to youth. This study is funded by the MacArthur Foundation, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

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Should it be against the law to share tragic images on social media?

May 2016

Roxane Cohen Silver, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, was quoted in The Kernel, the Daily Dot's digital Sunday magazine, on May 8, 2016.

From The Kernel:

"We’re in a new media landscape, and a new time,” says Cohen Silver. “We have easy, constant access to the news, and as a result, to graphic images. The challenge is that social media is not censored. People can post whatever images they want to their Twitter feeds and Facebook profiles.”

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Reiter Receives UCI Law Community Pro Bono Award

May 2016

Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, received this year's UCI Law Community Pro Bono Award for her work with UCI Law students in helping the underserved by launching the Clemency Project. The Clemency Project is a collaboration of community attorneys and students providing pro bono assistance for federal prisoners who likely would have received lesser sentences under current law and policy.

“I was honored to receive the Pro Bono Advocate Award, though I think it is the UCI Law community that deserves the commendation,” Reiter said. “I was amazed by the outpouring of support I received when I suggested that we assist in the filing of federal clemency petitions in December, and I have been grateful for the investment of so many members of the UCI Law community — including faculty, students and community attorneys — in the process over the past few months.”

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Election 2016: Is the Costa Mesa Trump melee a sign of turbulance ahead?

April 2016

Peter Ditto, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, was quoted in the Orange County Register April 29, 2016.

From the Orange County Register:

“It’s a total whammy effect,” said Peter Ditto. “You have a lot of people who are dissatisfied – pro-Trump people and anti-Trump people. Coming to Orange County, you have a mix of the conservatives and the growing Latino community that is particularly volatile.

“I would expect to see this throughout Southern California.”

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Celebration of Teaching Awards

April 2016

The following people from the School of Social Ecology will be honored at the Celebration of Teaching Awards Ceremony on
May 5, 2016.

Most Promising Future Faculty Member

School Honoree for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Pedagogical Fellows

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