Weather in utero could predict when you die

March 2014

Tim A. Bruckner, Assistant Professor in Planning, Policy, and Design, was quoted in a Weather Channel website health article regarding his recent study, Ambient temperature during gestation and cold-related adult mortality in a Swedish cohort, 1915–2002. Bruckner and his co-researchers, found that weather conditions outside the womb can still impact infants throughout life. Cold weather, for instance, causes blood vessels to narrow, which increases the risk for heart attack and stroke and babies that developed in the cold might be more prepared to weather cold snaps.

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In Memoriam: Professor Emerita Alison Clarke-Stewart

March 2014

Professor Emerita Alison Clarke-Stewart passed away unexpectedly on February 23, 2014. She was a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at UC Irvine from 1983 until her retirement in 2008 and held the title of Research Professor at the time of her death. Dr. Clarke-Stewart was a distinguished, internationally recognized scholar who made landmark contributions to the field of child development. Her work on such topics as early, out-of-home child care, children’s suggestibility and its implications for their testimony in court, and family relationships –especially the role of fathers in children’s development, are widely recognized and admired by scholars around the globe. She leaves behind her beloved daughter, Chris Tina Clarke-Stewart; her dear husband, Ross Parke, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UC Riverside; six step-children; her sister, Marcia Skaarup and her family; and legions of friends, colleagues, and former students. She was brilliant, creative, caring, generous, and wonderfully, irreverently witty. She was one of a kind, and she will be deeply missed.

Cauffman interviewed on KUCI

March 2014

Elizabeth Cauffman, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior and Director of the Center for Psychology and Law, was interviewed by Claudia Shambaugh on KUCI's radio program, Ask a Leader. Cauffman spoke about her research on the juvenile justice system, specifically the decision making guidelines to reverse the expensive and unproductive incarceration traps set up in mandatory sentencing and zero tolerance policies.

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Social Ecology Annual Fund Kick off

March 2014

Dean Valerie Jenness (pictured with Social Ecology student callers) gave a rousing speech at the Annual Fund Call Center.  She thanked the students, who will be calling alumni to ask for support, and let them know that their efforts would go directly to The Dean's Award for Community Engagement. This award recognizes current graduate and undergraduate students for their exceptional academics and contributions to the community. "This is your opportunity to Pay It Forward," said Dean Jenness, "and we greatly appreciate your help."

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System would change how L.A County inmates get early release

March 2014

Susan Turner, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was quoted in a recent Los Angeles Times news article about the L.A Sheriff's officials plan to propose a 'risk-based' system to aid in the selection of jail inmates for early release who are less likely to commit new crimes. Turner, who helped develop the system California corrections department uses, states that the method has an approximately 70% accuracy rate in its assessments — similar to the accuracy of other risk assessment systems that include a more involved interview process.

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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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