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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.

 

 

Rising waters

June 2014

UC Irvine students of all levels and from many disciplines are participating in the Flood-Resilient Infrastructure & Sustainable Environments – or FloodRISE – project, a $2.8 million, four-year interdisciplinary effort funded by the National Science Foundation. The aim is to help communities along the California coast and Tijuana River Estuary better understand and cope with rising waters and stronger storms from climate change. Kristen Goodrich, a Social Ecology doctural student, has spent the last five years as the program coordinator for the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. She is searching for solutions that could enhance environmental protection and human security, like restoring natural wetlands as buffers that will benefit not just wildlife, but humans.

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Growing through exploring

June 2014

Breanna Eastman, an undergraduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, is an Elliott Family Foundation Scholar and the recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Distinction. The Elliott Family Foundation Scholarship provides financial assitance to students transferring from local community colleges. She was selected for the scholarship for her global community efforts, strong academics and compassion for humanity.

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Living Our Values Award

May 2014

Paul Jesilow, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, and Andy Nguyen Le, Senior in Criminology, Law and Society, are recipients of the 2014 Living Our Values Award. The Living Our Values Award honors UC Irvine faculty, staff and students whose actions best embody the university’s values of respect, intellectual curiosity, integrity, commitment, empathy, appreciation and fun.

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Distinguished Fellows discuss urban planning in the 21st century

May 2014

Community members, faculty and students gathered at the UC Irvine University Club on April 30, 2014 for "Urban Planning as an Engaged Enterprise in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities" featuring the Department of Planning, Policy and Design's Distinguished Fellows. The 2013-14 PPD Distinguished Fellow Inaugural Class includes: Laura Alchuleta, Rob Elliott, Emile Haddad, Curt Pringle and Gaddi Vasquez. They each shared their viewpoints on the urban planning challenges of the 21st century and took engaging questions from the audience. Proceeds from the event supported the Department of Planning, Policy and Design's Ray Watson Fellowship Fund.

Pictured Right: Laura Alchuleta, Rob Elliott, Emile Haddad and Curt Pringle

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Adjusting juvenile justice

May 2014

Elizabeth Cauffman, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior and Director of the Center for Psychology and Law, is one of the country's leading scholars on juvenile crime and justice. Her findings influenced the U.S. Supreme Court decision to abolish the juvenile death penalty, as well as the judgment that limits life-without-parole sentences for those under 18. As part of a team, Cauffman is currently studying what stops some juveniles from committing crimes and why others maintain a life of crime.

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