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Proshansky-Newman Professional Achievement Award

August 2014

Daniel Stokols, Research Professor and Chancellor's Professor Emeritus, has received the Proshansky-Newman Professional Achievement Award for Career Contributions to Enviromental and Population Psychology. This award is presented annually by the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 34 of the Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology to recognize scholarly contriibutions to these areas of psychological science. Stokols received the award at the APA conference that was held in Washington D.C.

California groundwater lawsuit

August 2014

David Feldman, Chair and Professor in Planning, Policy, and Design, was quoted in The Desert Sun regarding the recent lawsuit filed by the First Amendment Coalition against the Desert Water Agency and Coachella Valley Water District and their refusal to release data on the desert's largest groundwater users. "Public entities are expected by the public to make an honest appraisal of where they're getting their resource, and who's using their resource," Feldman said. "And it seems to me you have to have pretty compelling reasons why you wouldn't make that information available, or why you'd want to conceal it in some way."

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M. Feldman on Highly Cited Researchers list

August 2014

Martha Feldman, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design and Johnson Chair for Civic Governance and Public Management, is among the the top 1 percent of scientific researchers, according to the 2014 Highly Cited Researchers list produced by Thomson Reuters. Feldman is one of 10 UCI faculty members on the list that represents more than 3,000 researchers worldwide, who earned the distinction by publishing the most influential studies in their fields.

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Dan and Jeanne Stokols Graduate Fellowship Award

August 2014

Chancellor's Professor Emeritus and previous Dean of Social Ecology Daniel Stokols and his wife, Jeannette, have made a recent gift to the School of Social Ecology to establish the “Dan and Jeanne Stokols Social Ecology Graduate Fellowship Award.”  This endowed fellowship fund will support the outstanding transdisciplinary research of a Social Ecology graduate student and/or may be used to recruit an outstanding student to the Social Ecology doctoral program.  This fund will be matched by the Graduate Division for ten years and will represent important recognition for one or two meritorious students each year, beginning in 2015, and into perpetuity.

 

UCI No.1 "Coolest School" in nation

August 2014

UCI has placed first in Sierra magazine’s eighth annual ranking of the country’s “Coolest Schools,” marking the fifth consecutive year the university has been included among the top 10 “greenest” campuses nationwide. In 2008, UCI pledged to improve its energy efficiency by 20 percent by 2020, then reached this goal seven years early. Examples of UCI's sustainability efforts include three on-site solar power projects and a 19-megawatt cogeneration plant with turbines powered by combustion and steam. The school's water-recycling program saves more than 210 million gallons per year.

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Experts point to US role in migrants' flight

August 2014

Susan Bibler Coutin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was quoted in the National Catholic Reporter regarding the situation at the US border with children from the small Central American nations of Honduras, El Salvador and Gutemala, arriving by the thousands. It's not the case that these kids just arrived out of the blue," states Coutin. "There's a history that led to the creation of conditions where it wasn't safe for them to remain in their homelands, and the United States played a key role in creating those conditions."

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Get used to toilet-to-tap water, Californians told

August 2014

David Feldman, Chair and Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, was quoted in The Guardian regarding Fountain Valley's response to California's drought- they are home to the largest water recycling plant in the world. "I think that the plant is very important to protecting the strategic reserves of water. If we did not have this groundwater basin we would have to import virtually all of our water," states Feldman.

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Newkirk Fellowship Award recipient

August 2014

Congratulations to Newkirk Fellowship award recipient Bemmy Maharramov, graduate student of Planning, Policy, and Design. Bemmy's research focuses on innovative links between “on-the-ground’ environmental stewardship and local environmental policymaking. The Newkirk Fellowship promotes appropriate and effective uses of research in the natural and social sciences to enhance the quality of human life.

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