Cities ask Sacramento: Where are the savings from Prop 47?

March 2016

Cities ask Sacramento: Where are the savings froom Prop 47? (Audio)

Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society on Air Talk 89.3 KPCC

From Air Talk:
While crime rates have ticked upwards recently, there haven't been any non-anecdotal evaluations attributing any uptick to Prop 47, professor of criminology at UC Irvine Charis Kubrin states on Air Talk.

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More street gangs turn to financial crimes

March 2016

Street gangs that are traditionally associated with drugs and violent crimes are increasingly committing financial crimes since the crimes, like check fraud and identity theft, are more lucrative and carry lighter prison sentences. Although street gang involvement in white-collar crime is not new, the size and the scale of the operations has grown. "The sums of money involved are staggering," states Ronald Huff, Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society. "Even though it's a small minority...the potential amount of money involved and damage to people's financial accounts is greatly out of proportion
to other gang crimes."

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Thirty Under 30 - Troy Campbell

March 2016

Troy Campbell '09, is one of Pacific Standard's "Thirty Under 30: The Bright Young Minds Working to Build a Better Future." Campbell's research focuses on "what people love, like and find most important." As an undergraduate at UCI, he enrolled in a social psychology class and his professor was Peter Ditto. Campbell fell in love with social psychology, declared psychology
as his major, and became Ditto's research assistant. He went on to study with Dan Ariely at Duke University and today is a tenure track professor at the University of Oregon. Campbell states, "If I have one skill, it is my ability to see how social psychology can provide immediate value. I've seen the smiles and the good that quality research can bring."

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Report on navigating liminal legalities along pathways to citizenship

March 2016

Study assesses challenges faced by undocumented immigrants and community organizations during times of legal uncertainty.

The 2014 Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) programs were scheduled to go into effect in 2015, but legal challenges have prevented them from taking effect, leaving eligible noncitizens in legal limbo.

With the support of the Russell Sage Foundation, Professor Susan Bibler Coutin and her colleagues in the UCI School of Law Sameer Ashar, Jennifer M. Chacón and Stephen Lee, conducted an eighteen month study between January 2014 and September 2015 to understand the on-the-ground challenges facing noncitizens and community based organizations during this time of extreme legal uncertainty over the availability and scope of these “Executive Relief” programs. Sociology PhD students Edelina Burciaga and Alma Garza also worked on the project.

In Memoriam: Carol Kupers Whalen

It is with profound sadness that we share the news that Professor Emerita Carol Kupers Whalen passed away on January 19, 2016, after battling a serious illness for some time. She is survived by beloved friends and family members and close colleagues in the School of Social Ecology.  Carol Whalen joined the UC Irvine faculty in 1970, after receiving her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from UCLA. She was a founding faculty member of the then Program in Social Ecology and, subsequently, of the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior (PSB). She served as Chair of the department from 1989-98 and held an appointment as a Professor in PSB and a joint appointment in Psychiatry and Human Behavior until her retirement in 2011.

UC's Blum Federation to tackle global poverty

February 2016

The Blum Federation is a combination of 10 individual Blum Centers and initiatives from across the UC System to enhance teaching and research on global poverty, economic and social justice, and democracy. The federation was launched with $1.32 million in seed funding from the UC Office of the President. Richard Matthew, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, is the faculty director of the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation at UCI.

UCI will host a conference in May that focuses on global food security and climate issues. "This will be the first convening of the Blum Centers as a federation,” states Matthew. “We are excited to explore how our interdisciplinary expertise can advance issues of food security and climate action, which are at the core of large-scale efforts to deal with poverty."

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New Masters of Legal and Forensic Psychology Program

February 2016

UCI is launching a new online Masters of Legal and Forensic Psychology program to begin Fall 2016 (pending WASC accreditation). This program will focus on the intersection of psychology and legal issues, with a greater emphasis on the use of psychological principles, theories, and research to better understand legal processes and systems. Please visit our website for additional information.

The goal of this degree program is to prepare practitioners for career advancement in legal and related fields, thus the program seeks applicants from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and work experiences. Individuals who meet the following requirements are encouraged to apply:


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