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Upcoming Events

Critical Legalities Symposium
Thursday, May 13, 2010
10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Visualizing governing through crime in California

UCI Alumni Association Lauds & Laurels
Thursday, May 13, 2010
6 - 9 p.m.
Recognizing individuals for their accomplishments and contributions to UCI

Stopping the Pollution of the Planet
Friday, May 14, 2010
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Marine and freshwater conservation including a case study of Mexico

Living in Your Own Private Idaho
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
12 - 1 p.m.
Featuring John Hipp, Associate Professor of CLS and PPD, UC Irvine

UCI Commencement
Friday, June 11, 2010
3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Honoring the students of Social Ecology

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A Legacy of Giving

There are many ways to make a difference in the lives that will follow you. Will the values you have today live on for the benefit of future generations? One way to share your values is to plan your charitable legacy.
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Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Congratulations to alumna Cleo Tung '09, who was recently awarded a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship! This fall, Cleo will study criminology at the University of Cambridge. Learn More...

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The Dean Asks...Students Called to Service

The School of Social Ecology serves society by offering an education that blends rigorous academic work with sustained community work and, in so doing, produces well-educated citizens capable of addressing complex problems. Through the generous support of alumni and friends, the Dean's Award for Community Engagement builds on this strength by recognizing students who exemplify this commitment. Interim Dean Valerie Jenness met with this year's recipients to discuss their experiences as Social Ecology students and their passion for community service. Learn More...

Memorial Gift to Planning, Policy, and Design

To honor their daughter Malancha, Subir and Susnata Ghosh have established a memorial fund in the School of Social Ecology. Malancha, who received her Master's in Urban and Regional Planning in 2009, passed away last December at the age of 27 due to complications from H1N1. Learn More...

UCI Alumni Association Lauds & Laurels

Manuel Gomez, alumnus and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs for UC Irvine, will receive the 2010 School of Social Ecology's Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Gomez will be honored at the 2010 UCI Alumni Association Lauds & Laurels Ceremony on Thursday, May 13 at the Fairmont Newport Beach.  Learn More...

2010 UCI Medal Recipients Announced

Congratulations to Psychology and Social Behavior alumna Salma Chehabi and her husband Hazem Chehabi, recipients of the University's most prestigious honor. Salma and Hazem joined the Social Ecology Leadership Council this year, following years of generous support to the School of Social Ecology. "Salma and Hazem are very deserving of this important recognition. We greatly appreciate their commitment to UCI and the School of Social Ecology," said Interim Dean Valerie Jenness.  Learn More...

Faculty and Student Accolades

Kitty Calavita, Chancellor's Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, received the 2010 Outstanding Professor Award in the School of Social Ecology and is featured in this year's edition of the UCI Anthology Yearbook. Each year, seniors choose a professor who demonstrates outstanding knowledge, great rapport with students and a genuine appreciation for teaching.

Linda Levine, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, was honored by UCI Athletics at a recent UCI Men's Volleyball match for her outstanding achievement in teaching throughout her career. Levine has been a faculty member at UCI since 1991.

Henry Pontell, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, has been named Green Honors Chair at Texas Christian University. Established in 1969 by Cecil H. and Ida Green, the endowed award brings to the campus nationally known visiting scholars, scientists and writers.

Graduate Students from the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior have recently been awarded National Science Foundation Fellowships. Congratulations to Alaine Kalder, Chris Marshburn, and Jennifer Williams for being recognized by the NSF for their exceptional promise. Learn More...

Recent Events

  • Keeping Orange County Moving:
    Will Kempton, CEO of the Orange County Transportation Authority, was the featured speaker on February 10, 2010, at UC Irvine. Sponsored by the School of Social Ecology's Metropolitan Futures Initiative, Kempton's presentation addressed the obstacles that must be overcome in order to employ transit oriented development in Orange County, which includes building a public will among competing stakeholders. Learn More...

  • The Autism Spectrum: The Newkirk Center for Science and Society presented the fifth annual Allen Lecture Series featuring Dr. John Jay Gargus, from the UCI School of Medicine, on March 11, 2010, at the Beckman Center in Irvine, California. Gargus's presentation introduced recent scientific advances that could lead to novel therapies and diagnostics for autism.
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  • Sustainability and Food Security:
    On April 6, 2010, Assistant Director of CUSA and Postdoctoral Scholar Bryan McDonald and Sustainable Agrifood Systems (SAS) Fellow Kelsey Meagher, discussed how sufficient food remains a pressing challenge in some parts of the world and has significant implications for security. This lecture is part of the Sustainable Seminar Series, convened by the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (CUSA), to help foster dialogue between social and natural scientists on the challenges of sustainability in the 21st century. Learn More...

New On The Bookshelf

Chancellor's Professor Kitty Calavita's Invitation to Law and Society: An Introduction to the Study of Real Law was recently published by The University of Chicago Press. The book examines the interdisciplinary field of Law and Society. Calavita brings to life the ways in which law shapes and manifests itself in the institutions and interactions of human society, while inviting the reader into conversations that introduce the field's dominant themes and most lively disagreements.
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In the Classroom

How do you survive an attack by an active shooter? Students in Professor Ray Novaco's Violence in Society course had the opportunity to learn first-hand. (Photo courtesy of the OC Register) Learn More...

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University of California, Irvine
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Irvine, CA 92697-7050