Coutin receives Russell Sage Foundation award

April 2014

Susan Coutin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, has received an award from the Russell Sage Foundation, in support of the project entitled "Navigating Liminal Legalities Along Pathways to Citizenship: Immigration Vulnerability and the Role of Mediating Institutions." Coutin is collaborating with other UC Irvine professors, including Jennifer Chacon, Stephen Lee, and Sameer Ashar.

DECADE Mentor Graduate Diversity Award

April 2014

Professor Roxane Cohen Silver has received a DECADE Mentor Graduate Diversity Award. The award will support a graduate student researcher for the 2014-15 academic year. DECADE is sponsored by a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant from the U.S. Department of Education and aims to increase the number of minorities and women underrepresented in their disciplines receiving doctoral degrees at UC Irvine.

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Beyond CSI

April 2014

The Center for Psychology and Law hosted Part 1 of a two-part series, "Beyond CSI," on March 10, 2014 at the Newkirk Alumni Center. The theme of this series of presentations was “The Many Faces of the  Justice System: The Victims, Offenders and Wrongfully Accused" and featured many of the professors associated with the center. The Orange County Register ran a story about the presentation in the UC Irvine Special Section. Pictured is Elizabeth Cauffman, the new director of the Center for Psychology and Law.

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Paul and Frances Baker Dickman Graduate Award for Community Engagement

April 2014

The first recipients of the Paul and Frances Baker Dickman Graduate Award for Community Engagement are Charlotte Bradstreet, doctoral student in Criminology, Law and Society and Victoria Lowerson-Bredow, doctoral student in Planning, Policy, and Design. Dr. Dickman received her Ph.D. from Social Ecology in 1979, and is grateful for the graduate fellowship that she received while attending UC Irvine. She went on to receive a J.D. from West Virginia University.

UC Irvine 50th Anniversary kicks off with commencement

April 2014

President Barack Obama will address the University of California, Irvine’s class of 2014 in a combined commencement ceremony Saturday, June 14, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The historic appearance honors the accomplishments of more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students from the 2014 graduating class and kicks off the campus’s 50th anniversary celebration. The School of Social Ecology will have a school ceremony on June 16, 2014.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza


Weather in utero could predict when you die

March 2014

Tim A. Bruckner, Assistant Professor in Planning, Policy, and Design, was quoted in a Weather Channel website health article regarding his recent study, Ambient temperature during gestation and cold-related adult mortality in a Swedish cohort, 1915–2002. Bruckner and his co-researchers, found that weather conditions outside the womb can still impact infants throughout life. Cold weather, for instance, causes blood vessels to narrow, which increases the risk for heart attack and stroke and babies that developed in the cold might be more prepared to weather cold snaps.

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In Memoriam: Professor Emerita Alison Clarke-Stewart

March 2014

Professor Emerita Alison Clarke-Stewart passed away unexpectedly on February 23, 2014. She was a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at UC Irvine from 1983 until her retirement in 2008 and held the title of Research Professor at the time of her death. Dr. Clarke-Stewart was a distinguished, internationally recognized scholar who made landmark contributions to the field of child development. Her work on such topics as early, out-of-home child care, children’s suggestibility and its implications for their testimony in court, and family relationships –especially the role of fathers in children’s development, are widely recognized and admired by scholars around the globe. She leaves behind her beloved daughter, Chris Tina Clarke-Stewart; her dear husband, Ross Parke, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UC Riverside; six step-children; her sister, Marcia Skaarup and her family; and legions of friends, colleagues, and former students. She was brilliant, creative, caring, generous, and wonderfully, irreverently witty. She was one of a kind, and she will be deeply missed.

Cauffman interviewed on KUCI

March 2014

Elizabeth Cauffman, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior and Director of the Center for Psychology and Law, was interviewed by Claudia Shambaugh on KUCI's radio program, Ask a Leader. Cauffman spoke about her research on the juvenile justice system, specifically the decision making guidelines to reverse the expensive and unproductive incarceration traps set up in mandatory sentencing and zero tolerance policies.

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