Charles Jock qualifies for Rio

July 2016

Charles Jock '12  has qualified for the Rio Olympics in the 800 meters. Jock was running second to last with 200-meters to go but came around the corner with a burst of speed to finish third with a time of 1:45.48. He is the first UCI
track and field alumnus to earn an Olympics' berth since Steve Scott, a '78 Social Ecology grad, qualified in 1988. Scott was also an Olympian in 1980 and 1984.

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The social dilemma of autonomous vehicles

July 2016

Azim Shariff, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, and his colleagues, conducted a series of surveys, on autonomous vehicles and accidents. The researchers found that the participants in the survey agree that if the vehicle was going to be involved in an accident, the passengers in the vehicle might have to be sacrificed in order to save others. The respondents also said that they would prefer to not ride in such vehicles.

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Why 1 in 3 People Adapt to Change More Successfully

June 2016

The research of both Salvatore Maddi and Roxane Cohen Silver were referenced in a Psychology Today blog post "Why 1 in 3 People Adapt to Change More Successfully" on June 22, 2016. Salvatore Maddi, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Social Behavior, researches how people adapt to change. Roxane Cohen Silver, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, researches how people cope with traumatic life events.

From Psychology Today:

Maddi Reference:
When change happens, some people find inspiration where others find only imprisonment.  The question is why? Fortunately for us, a clever psychologist named Salvatore Maddi and a curious executive named Carl Horn had the foresight to ask that question back in the mid 1970s.  The result is one of the most fascinating natural experiments ever conducted on human adaptability.

Are Women Exiting Engineering Because Men Have All the Fun?

June 2016

The research of Carroll Seron, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, and her colleagues, was referenced in IEEE Spectrum.

From IEEE Spectrum:

In their paper, published in the May issue of the journal Work and Occupations, the researchers say the problem starts early—the first time engineering students are asked to work in teams. About the women, they write, “Their first encounter with collaboration is to be treated in gender-stereotypical ways.”

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Path for UCI's Undergrad of the Year is taking shape

June 2016

Cody Lee, UCI's 2016 Undergraduate of the Year, was featured in the Orange County Register. While at UCI, Lee focused most of his time working on the Sustainability Initiative and was able to attend a retreat at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and some time in El Salvador, a trip that was made possible through the Sustainability Initiative and Project SERES- Social Equity, Resilience and Ecosystem Sustainability. The goal was to create a food system that was self-sustaining.“The plants supplement the ecosystem, which makes it so they rely less on pesticides to keep food alive,” Lee said. “Not only is the food healthy, but we keep it healthy.”

Lee graduated in June and in the fall, he will attend Saddleback College to take classes in environmental restoration and participate with EarthRoots Ecoliteracy School in Trabuco Canyon.

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Dombrink selected as Social Ecology's Professor of the Year

June 2016

John Dombrink, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, received Social Ecology's "Professor of the Year" Award at the Social Ecology Honors and Award Convocation on June 9, 2016. He was nominated by Social Ecology graduating seniors as the professor who has been most beneficial to their undergraduate education.

Here are some quotes from students reflecting on Professor Dombrink's exceptional teaching ability:

“Professor Dombrink has forever impacted my life and my future. Not only has he prepared me for a career in my field of study, but he also saw the hidden potential within me that I didn't see in myself."

“Professor Dombrink goes far and beyond the expectations of a professor. He really cares for his students and wants them to succeed. He encourages critical thinking, lectures in a unique style, and is truly devoted and dedicated to his job.”

“Professor Dombrink has been a great mentor throughout my career here at UCI. I have been part of the Criminology Outreach Program, which he is in charge of and I have witness the effort he puts into this program. [He is] always willing to go the extra mile.”

Martin selected as a Hellman Fellow

June 2016

Elizabeth A. Martin, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has been selected as a Hellman Fellow. Martin, who joined the faculty in 2014, researches the association between mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and emotional and social dysfunction. She employs a variety of techniques (e.g., self-reports, behavioral tasks, psychophysiology and neuroimaging) to explore the underlying mechanisms of how emotions and cognition affect certain behaviors, personality characteristics and symptoms of mental illness. Martin earned a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Missouri.

In 2013, UCI received a gift of from the Hellman Family Foundation to establish the UC Irvine Hellman Fellows Program. The Hellman Fellows Program supports and encourages promising assistant faculty who show capacity for great distinction in their research.

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Terminally ill minors should have the right to refuse life-sustaining medical treatment

June 2016

Elizabeth Cauffman, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, was mentioned in The National Law Review.

From The National Law Review:

Elizabeth Cauffman, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine, is a leader in the study of juvenile delinquents. Cauffman’s influential studies show that adolescents have an underdeveloped prefrontal cortex until the age of 25. And in Miller v. Alabama, the Supreme Court referenced Cauffman’s research when it declared that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional for juvenile offenders.

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The War on Medicare Fraud

June 2016

Paul Jesilow, Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society, was quoted in the AARP Newsletter.

From the AARP Newsletter:

From hospital rankings to cancer studies, health care researchers rely on the most complete source of insurance billing data available—Medicare claim records. But are these numbers too tainted by fakery to be reliable? Paul Jesilow thinks so. He sounded the alarm about the impact of fraud in Medicare claims data in a 2005 paper, pointing out that studies based on billing data could deliver erroneous findings. "The studies that have compared billings with medical records have found agreement rates generally between 60 percent and 90 percent, depending on the diagnosis," he says. "This suggests that the billing data may not be accurate enough to use in making policy decisions."

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Waging a lyrical war against Syria's Bashar al-Assad

May 2016

Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was quoted in Al Jazeera English.

From Al Jazeera English:

"When hip-hop and rap originated in the 1970s, it was generally seen as a way to combat a lot of crime and violence that cities were experiencing, particularly New York City," she explains. "The origins of rap and hip-hop were really as an alternative to violence.

"One of those global aspects of rap is that even if you look at the different local expressions, there's a general theme of challenging the system or raising awareness about the problems or speaking out about injustice."

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