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PPD Distinguished Fellows Mixer

December 2013

Students, faculty, and Advisory Board members from the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design had the opportunity to mix and mingle on November 18, 2013 with the 2013-2014 inaugural class of PPD Distinguished Fellows.

The PPD Distinguished Fellows Program was established to connect senior planning and policy leaders to graduate students. The Fellows represent a wide variety of policy interests: urban planning, housing, transportation, urban design, energy, environment, and community development – and they represent all political viewpoints and diverse social backgrounds. The 2013-14 PPD Distinguished Fellow Inaugural Class includes: Curt Pringle,
Gaddi Vasquez, Laura Alchuleta, Rob Elliott and Emile Haddad. (Not pictured: Emile Haddad)

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Results of prolonged media viewing of Boston Marathon bombings

December 2013

Roxane Cohen Silver, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has been quoted numerous times in the media regarding her recently published study that found that prolonged viewing of Boston Marathon bombings media coverage tied to acute stress. Her new collaborative study indicates that six or more daily hours of exposure to media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings in the week afterward was linked to more acute stress than having been at or near the marathon. For this study, Silver collaborated with Alison Holman, Associate Professor of Nursing Science and Dana Garfin, Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior.

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Prolonged viewing of Boston Marathon bombings media coverage tied to acute stress


Six or more daily hours associated with more symptoms than direct exposure to blasts

Stepping away from the television, computer screen or smartphone in the aftermath of terrorist attacks or mass shootings may be beneficial to your mental health. That’s the takeaway from a new study by UC Irvine researchers showing that six or more daily hours of exposure to media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings in the week afterward was linked to more acute stress than having been at or near the marathon. Acute stress symptoms increased with each additional hour of bombing-related media exposure via television, social media, videos, print or radio.

UC-HBCU Summer research program


November 2013

UC Irvine is proud to offer a unique research opportunity for advanced HBCU students committed to pursuing doctoral education in Criminology, Law and Society, or Psychology and Social Behavior. This collaborative interdisciplinary program will be administered by the Departments of Psychology and Social Behavior (PSB) and Criminology, Law and Society (CLS). The eight-week program on the UC Irvine campus will provide summer research scholars with hands-on research experience, participation in graduate-style seminars, and experience disseminating scholarly research in academic forums. Recipients of the Summer Research and Graduate Admission Pathways Grants will receive a travel award, housing for the summer, and a summer stipend.

Applications for Summer 2014 are due December 15, 2013

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Social and Behavioral Sciences Building is LEED platinum certified

November 2013

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway Building has received the 2013 LEED Platinum level of certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in the LEED Rating System. Platinum is the highest level in the LEED certification. LEED stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design." The USGBC established LEED as a way to define and measure "green buildings." The Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway Building is one of three buildings on campus that houses the School of Social Ecology.

Gift to Field Study Program

October 2013

Valerie Jenness, Dean of the School of Social Ecology is extremely pleased to announce that the Dubchansky Family have made a generous gift to support the Field Study Program. The Field Study Program is a pillar of the School of Social Ecology and under the leadership of Associate Professor Geoff Ward, a committee of faculty and staff convened in 2011 to provide recommendations on how best to re-energize and enhance the program's effectiveness.  As a direct result of those recommendations, an Advanced Field Study 3-quarter course was initiated in 2012 and an Advisory Board made up of representatives from community partners, students, faculty and staff has been established. 

With additional resources made possible by this gift, new steps will be taken to inspire and serve students, faculty and community partners through seminars, conferences and an improved inter-active website. Scott Dubchansky is a member of the Dean's Leadership Council.  The School is truly grateful to him and his family for their generous contribution. 

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