Partnership with Urban Land Institute

August 2013

The Department of Planning, Policy, and Design has partnered with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) - Orange County/Inland Empire to support graduate student education. The Urban Land Institute's generous gift will provide a lectureship for a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) practicum course on affordable housing for the academic years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. The Department is grateful for ULI's commitment to students.



Newkirk Fellowship award recipients

August 2013

Congratulations to Newkirk Fellowship award recipients Jessica L. Perez, graduate student of Social Ecology; Nick Petersen, graduate student of Criminology, Law and Society and honorable mention awardee; Matthew A. Valasik, graduate student of Criminology, Law and Society. The Newkirk Fellowship promotes appropriate and effective uses of research in the natural and social sciences to enhance the quality of human life.



Studying Water in Australia

August 2013

Dave Feldman, Chair and Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, is part of the research faculty for UC Irvine's Water-Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE). The UC Irvine Water-PIRE is a $4.5 million dollar grant over 5 years funded by the National Science Foundation. It is a collaboration between Australian and three Southern California universities (UC Irvine, UCSD, and UCLA) to study the technologies and policies implemented during the Millennium Drought and its aftermath. The goal is to find low-energy methods for improving water productivity while protecting human and environmental health. The twelve undergraduate students that participated in the six-week research program, spent two weeks this summer in Australia learning about and researching these water use methods. Professor Feldman co-organized a mini symposium for the students at Monash University during their stay in Australia.

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Photo courtesy of Garfield Kwan

Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement

July 2013

Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, is the American Psychological Foundation (APF) recipient of the Gold Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Science of Psychology. She will be honored for her extraordinary contribution over the last 40 years to the understanding of memory. Loftus will be presented with her award at the 121st Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association on August 3, 2013.

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Loftus quoted in recent articles

July 2013

Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, was recently quoted in The Economist and CNN Health. Her research has shown that false memories can be implanted in someone's brain deliberately and with ease. Scientists are using her research and are experimenting with mice to manipulate their memories, with the hope of further understanding memory in humans.

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Photo Credit: The Economist

Karlin at UC Day in DC

July 2013

Beth Karlin, graduate student in Social Ecology, traveled to Washington D.C. for the capital's yearly event, UC Day in DC. This day is to promote different areas of federal advocacy within the entire UC system. The event featured speakers from Congress, as well as numerous meetings between UC representatives and national, legislative staff. Karlin represented UC Irvine's graduate research program with her studies on energy use feedback.

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Distinguished article award

July 2013

An article by Valerie Jenness, Dean of Social Ecology and Professor in Criminology, Law and Society, and Kitty Calavita, Professor Emerita of Criminology, Law and Society, is being given the "Distinguished Article Award" from the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association. The article is titled "Inside the Pyramid of Disputes: Naming Problems and Filing Grievances in California Prisons." They will be recognized at the American Sociological Association's meeting in August in New York.

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