Is your name hard to pronounce?

February 2014

Eryn Newman, postdoctoral fellow in Criminology, Law and Society, has found that people do not trust you, if your name is hard to pronounce. Also, Newman found that people are less likely to believe claims made by strangers with tricky names.

Newman was also recently interviewed by Larry Mantle on Southern California Public Radio Station KPCC.

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Catch them if you can

February 2014

Richard Matthew, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design and Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (CUSA), considers cyberattacks a serious threat to private industry, government services, power, travel and other aspects of daily life.

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McEwan receives prestigious teaching award

January 2014

Dr. Stephanie McEwan, long-term member of the teaching staff in Psychology and Social Behavior, has received the "Edith Sabshin National Teaching Award for Excellence in Psychoanalytic Education" from the American Psychoanalytic Association. This distinguished award recognizes members of the American Psychoanalytic Association who have made outstanding contributions as educators of individuals who are not candidates in psychoanalytic institutes; including physicians who are completing psychiatric residencies. The award was presented to Dr. McEwan at the 103rd National Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in New York City.


UC Irvine team advances for Hult Prize

January 2014

Debbie Le Yu, graduate student in the Master in Public Policy Program, is the team leader of the UC Irvine team that has advanced to the regional finals of the 5th annual Hult prize. The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition and start-up platform for social good. In partnership with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative, the innovative crowdsourcing platform identifies and launches disruptive and catalytic social ventures that aim to solve the planet’s most pressing challenges. Student teams compete in six cities around the world for a chance to secure $1 million in start-up funding to launch a sustainable social venture.

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Rap lyrics on trial

January 2014

Charis E. Kubrin, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, and Erik Nielson, have written a New York Times opinion article about a New Jersey Supreme Court case. The case involves rap lyrics that were entered into evidence for a man that was on trial for attempted murder.

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PPD Distinguished Fellows Mixer

December 2013

Students, faculty, and Advisory Board members from the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design had the opportunity to mix and mingle on November 18, 2013 with the 2013-2014 inaugural class of PPD Distinguished Fellows.

The PPD Distinguished Fellows Program was established to connect senior planning and policy leaders to graduate students. The Fellows represent a wide variety of policy interests: urban planning, housing, transportation, urban design, energy, environment, and community development – and they represent all political viewpoints and diverse social backgrounds. The 2013-14 PPD Distinguished Fellow Inaugural Class includes: Curt Pringle,
Gaddi Vasquez, Laura Alchuleta, Rob Elliott and Emile Haddad. (Not pictured: Emile Haddad)

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