Celebration of Teaching Awards

April 2016

The following people from the School of Social Ecology will be honored at the Celebration of Teaching Awards Ceremony on
May 5, 2016.

Most Promising Future Faculty Member

School Honoree for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Pedagogical Fellows

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The Quiet Research That Led to a Resounding Success in Diabetes Prevention

April 2016

Sylvia Matthews Burwell, the secretary of health and human services, announced that Medicare was planning to pay for lifestyle interventions focusing on diet and physical activity to prevent Type 2 diabetes. This announcement is based on research by David Marrero '74 and his collaborators and their work with an Indianapolis YMCA.

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2016's Best and Worst Cities to be a Real Estate Agent

April 2016

Victoria Basolo, Professor in Planning, Policy, and Design, was featured in the "Ask the Experts" section of WalletHub's article "2016's Best and Worst Cities to be a Real Estate Agent." Basolo talks about how real estate agents can protect themselves from the boom-bust cycle housing market, tips for new real estate agents, the likelihood of the Federal Reserve increasing the interest rates, and more.

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Crime's up in Orange County; what's to blame?

March 2016

Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was quoted in the Orange County Register on March 30, 2016.

From the Orange County Register:
Prop. 47 has become the new scapegoat, just like realignment was a few years ago,” Kubrin said. “There has not been one single study that has linked rising crime rates to Proposition 47. If I’m going to make a bet, I’m going to say that this is not related to Prop. 47 because of what we found with realignment, which is a much more drastic measure because of its size.”

Elliott P. Currie, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was also quoted in this article.

From the Orange County Register:
“We didn’t really do much with people once we diverted them from prison,” said UC Irvine criminology professor Elliott P. Currie. “In California, we have a history of passing this type of legislation but not backing it up with nearly the right level of community level resources."

Silver appointed Associate Director of UCI ADVANCE

March 2016

Roxane Silver, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has been appointed Associate Director of the UCI ADVANCE Program in the Office of Inclusive Excellence, effective April 1, 2016. In this role, Silver will be principally responsible for directing the Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) Faculty Mentors Program. Originally funded by a US Department of Education grant to Graduate Division, the purpose of DECADE is to advance inclusive excellence in graduate education. Through peer-to-peer engagement, faculty DECADE mentors play a critical role in broadening participation, promoting a positive climate, and supporting degree completion. Indeed, their collective efforts will continue to transform the professoriate of the future while expanding the innovation workforce of tomorrow.

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Research finds no increase in major crimes after state's 2011 prisoner release

March 2016

In 2011, California embarked on one of the biggest and most controversial criminal justice experiments in history. Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Plata, the state passed the Public Safety Realignment Act – in legislative shorthand AB 109 – which required that California’s 58 counties develop policies that best fit their local needs in anticipation of the transfer of 33,000 inmates from state prisons to county supervision. Their options included adding jail beds, putting the transferees on probation or under electronic monitoring, or providing drug/alcohol rehabilitation services.

The current issue of The Annals of the American Academy of Political & Social Science, guest-edited by University of California, Irvine professors Charis Kubrin and Carroll Seron, offers the first systematic, scientific analysis of the Public Safety Realignment Act and answers the urgent question: Is California becoming more dangerous as prisons downsize?

Gift from Wells Fargo Foundation

March 2016

Wells Fargo Foundation has made a gift to the newly established "Dean's Excellence Fund to Enhance Undergraduate Education." This gift will ensure the sustainability of programs and initiatives such as Immersive Field Study, undergraduate research assistants, research collaboration, honors students, Lunch with a Faculty member, and student teacher mentors.
This fund benefits both Social Ecology students and faculty with a goal to nurture a more supportive environment so that all Social Ecology students may realize and develop their potential.

People are going to prison thanks to DNA software

March 2016

William Thompson, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was quoted in BuzzFeed news March 12, 2016

From BuzzFeed:
If a program says the chances of a match are 1 in a million, “how do you truly know that is the right number rather than 100 million
or 10 million?” asked William Thompson, a criminology and law professor at the University of California, Irvine. “Are you going to run it a trillion times or a million times and see how often you get a false result?”

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