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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The Rap Bias

October 2015

Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was interviewed by Rachel Powers for Orange Coast magazine. Kubrin studies race, crime, neighborhood dynamics and the media but she is best known for her research into the use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials. She has been asked to testify for the defense and has consulted on other trials. Kubrin not only studies rap but she has always had an interest in rap and hip-hop music.

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NYT names UCI No. 1 in rankings of most economically diverse schools

September 2015

The New York Times has named UCI No. 1 in ranking the most economically diverse universities. "The big challenge for American higher education,” states Chancellor Howard Gillman, “is that it has to be a gateway through which talented young people can thrive, regardless of their background.”

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UCI ranked ninth among public universities by U.S News and World Report

September 2015

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of California, Irvine ninth among public universities nationwide in its 2016 Best Colleges report. The ranking is derived from 16 measures of academic excellence, weighted by relevance to high-quality education. Among all American universities – public and private – UCI ranked 39th. Evaluators considered 1,365 colleges and universities for the report.

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Waning battles in the culture wars

September 2015

John Dombrink, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was interviewed by Brian Lehrer on WNYC 93.9 FM. Dombrink talks about his new book, The Twilight of Social Conservatism: American Culture Wars in the Obama Era, where he writes that social conservatism is on the decline in the United States, and is unlikely to regain potency it once held in American Politics.

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Planning, Policy, and Design Distinguished Fellows 2015-16

August 2015

The Department of Planning, Policy, and Design is pleased to welcome the third class of Distinguished Fellows for the 2015-16 academic year. The program was established to connect senior planning and policy leaders to graduate students and alumni in urban planning. The Fellows represent a wide variety of policy interests: urban planning, housing, transportation, urban design, energy, environment, and community development. Click here to learn more about the program.

The Fellows include:

  • America Bracho
    President and CEO, Latino Health Access
  • Bill Fulton
    Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University
  • Susan Hori
    Partner, Real Estate and Land Use, Mannatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Felicia Marcus
    Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board
  • Timothy Psomas
    Chairman Emeritus, Psomas; and Founding Chair, Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Tony Salazar
    President, West Coast Operations, McCormack Baron Salazar

9 DIY ways to improve your mental health

August 2015

There are simple things that people can do to give themselves a mental health tune-up. In livescience 9 items were listed with one being to "learn to not sweat the small stuff."  In "learning to not sweat the small stuff," researchers found that the more negatively people responded to small things, like having to wait in traffic or having arguments with a spouse, the more anxious and distressed they were likely to be when they were asked again 10 years later. "It's important not to let everyday problems ruin your moments," states Susan Charles, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior. "After all, moments add up to days, and days add up to years."

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