Lauds and Laurels recipient announced

March 2014

Arif Alikhan '90 is Social Ecology's Distinguished Alumnus for 2014 and will be honored at the 44th annual  Lauds and Laurels ceremony. Mr. Alikhan is the Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing and the highest ranking civilian commander at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). He oversees LAPD’s internal audits and inspections, planning and research, risk management, legal affairs and government affairs. He also serves as a senior policy advisor to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. Chief Beck appointed Mr. Alikhan in October of 2013 and he began serving with the LAPD on February 20, 2014.

The Lauds and Laurels award ceremony will be held on May, 15, 2014.

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Portrait of the cybercriminal as a young man

February 2014

Henry Pontell, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, has studied white-collar crime for three decades but, in this digital age, the criminal mastermind is often a child, with fifteen as being the "magic number/age." Pontell states, "There are kids out there today that can steal your identity, destory your credit and empty out your bank account without ever leaving their computers. And they can do it as fast as unwrapping their birthday presents."

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Is your name hard to pronounce?

February 2014

Eryn Newman, postdoctoral fellow in Criminology, Law and Society, has found that people do not trust you, if your name is hard to pronounce. Also, Newman found that people are less likely to believe claims made by strangers with tricky names.

Newman was also recently interviewed by Larry Mantle on Southern California Public Radio Station KPCC.

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Catch them if you can

February 2014

Richard Matthew, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design and Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (CUSA), considers cyberattacks a serious threat to private industry, government services, power, travel and other aspects of daily life.

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McEwan receives prestigious teaching award

January 2014

Dr. Stephanie McEwan, long-term member of the teaching staff in Psychology and Social Behavior, has received the "Edith Sabshin National Teaching Award for Excellence in Psychoanalytic Education" from the American Psychoanalytic Association. This distinguished award recognizes members of the American Psychoanalytic Association who have made outstanding contributions as educators of individuals who are not candidates in psychoanalytic institutes; including physicians who are completing psychiatric residencies. The award was presented to Dr. McEwan at the 103rd National Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in New York City.


UC Irvine team advances for Hult Prize

January 2014

Debbie Le Yu, graduate student in the Master in Public Policy Program, is the team leader of the UC Irvine team that has advanced to the regional finals of the 5th annual Hult prize. The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition and start-up platform for social good. In partnership with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative, the innovative crowdsourcing platform identifies and launches disruptive and catalytic social ventures that aim to solve the planet’s most pressing challenges. Student teams compete in six cities around the world for a chance to secure $1 million in start-up funding to launch a sustainable social venture.

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