Loftus meets Former President Clinton

November 2015

When Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, was asked to speak at West Point Military Academy in October about memory to faculty, staff and cadets, she was unaware that Former President Bill Clinton was also scheduled to speak that day. As luck would have it, she was able to meet and speak to the Former President, who talked to the West Point Academy about genocide.

Grant to study link between social interaction, health in seniors

October 2015

Susan Charles, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, is part of a team of researchers recently awarded $2.4 million from the National Institute on Aging to study how social interaction improves the health of older adults. Charles and her colleagues are seeking to learn why social engagement mitigates potential cognitive and physical declines in late life and improves well-being.

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Bridging the first-generation gap

October 2015

Esther Kim is a first generation college student, born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil with South Korean parents. She transferred to UCI from Cypress College, a double major in Psychology and Social Behavior and Criminology, Law and Society. Kim had a mentor in Social Ecology's ACCESS program that helped her acclimate to a university environment and she would like to pass along her experience and knowledge to other first generation students. Kim has signed up to be a mentor in a new program, the First Generation First Quarter Challenge, which will pair freshmen and transfer students with third- and fourth-year undergraduates and faculty whose parents also did not earn a college degree. Anita Casavantes Bradford, Social Sciences Associate Professor, helped establish the initiative that launched this program with a goal of easing the transition for incoming students.

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To learn to battle drought, California turns to the experts: Australia

October 2015

Did you know that the average Melbourne resident uses 41 gallons of water a day? This is four times less than the average resident of Los Angeles. David Feldman, Chair and Professor in Planning, Policy, and Design, states that it is not just technical advice, like how to capture storm water or how to reuse gray water that is making the difference in Australia. What makes this all work is public engagement. It it not enough to tell the public to cut back. "You have to engage, educate, and bring along...It's more than just water management."

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Jenness and Kang-Brown receive National Institute of Justice award

October 2015

Valerie Jenness, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Jacob Kang-Brown, Criminology, Law and Society doctoral candidate were granted a National Institute of Justice award for their research project entitled “Questioning Bias: Validating a Bias Crime Victim Assessment Tool in California and New Jersey." This award will fund research on police and community responses to bias crime victimization.

 

 

 

UCI-led group suggests ways to better manage urban stormwater runoff

October 2015

An international group of experts, including David Feldman, Chair and Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, collaborated on "From Rain Tanks to Catchments: Use of Low-Impact Development To Address Hydrologic Symptoms of the Urban Stream Syndrome." They looked at how urban population centers could better meet water supply needs while protecting natural stream ecosystems."Using LIDs (low-impact development technologies) to create this kind of localized, widely distributed approach to stormwater management will require individuals and public agencies to be open to significant change,” states Feldman.  “We expect the government to manage our water supply completely, and in some places, it’s even illegal to harvest rainwater locally. Laws and habits are going to have to change if we are to adapt to new climate and urban realities.

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Loftus receives honorary degree from Goldsmiths, University of London

October 2015

Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, received an honorary degree from Goldsmiths, University of London. “Professor Loftus has arguably made the greatest contribution to our understanding of human memory in a forensic context of any psychologist, living or dead,” says Professor Chris French, of Goldsmiths’ Department of Psychology. She is the recipient of 6 honorary degrees from global universities, the American Psychological Foundation’s Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement, and in 2002 was the highest ranked woman on the Review of General Psychology’s list of most eminent 20th century psychologists. Since her first case in 1974, Loftus has testified in and advised on hundreds of criminal cases, advising both judges and jurors on the fallibility of memory.

 

Festival of Discovery

October 2015

On Saturday, October 3, an estimated 10,000 people attended the Festival of Discovery, to celebrate UCI's 50th anniversary. The daylong celebration in Aldrich Park started with a 5K run and continued with great art, good health, global impact and innovation. The School of Social Ecology spotlighted several interesting exhibits including Psychology and Social Behavior's Physiology Lab's "Ice Bucket Challenge" and a fact filled water quiz by Water UCI.

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