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Online MAS criminology program ranked third in the nation

Master of Advanced Studies program offers flexibility for working professionals

The Master of Advanced Studies in Criminology, Law and Society -- an online degree program at the School of Social Ecology -- was ranked the third best online masters program in criminal justice in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report.

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Prof. Loftus named one of 50 most influential psychologists

Loftus's work on false memory has had lasting impact

Elizabeth Loftus, distinguished professor of social ecology, was selected as one of the 50 most influential living psychologists by Best Schools, a website with news and resources for prospective students seeking a college degree.

Loftus appeared 30th on the list for her decades of work on false memories. Her research has been influential in a criminal justice system that relies heavily on eyewitness testimony.

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Proactive policing shows promise, report finds

Associate Professor Emily Owens recently contributed to national report on proactive policing.

Normally, police respond to crime once it occurs. In contrast, proactive policing involves police departments actively seeking to prevent or reduce crime before it happens. A large body of research has found that most of the proactive measures work, at least in the short term. 

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