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Upcoming Events

"Glacier Melt, Early Snowmelt and Sea Ice Melt"
October 21, 2011
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Examining the implications for human security and ecosystem sustainability

UCI Medal
October 29, 2011
5 - 10 p.m.
Honoring Social Ecology alum Manuel Gomez

Mentor Program Kick-Off Social
November 2, 2011
6 - 8 p.m.
SE Alumni interested in becoming a mentor for 2011-12 can meet your student mentee.

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Mentor Program

The School of Social Ecology seeks alumni and community members with experience in various career fields. If you would like to help a student with career goals by sharing your experiences and advice, please consider becoming a mentor.
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MFI Gift

We are pleased to announce a gift from Heritage Fields El Toro, LLC on behalf of Great Park Neighborhoods, Irvine's newest master planned community. This gift will launch the Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI), a research-based approach to analyzing key regional patterns, trends and challenges facing Orange County and the broader Southern California area. Learn More...

Building Better Communities

Professor Marlon Boarnet, Department of Planning, Policy and Design, is a nationally recognized authority on planning and policy issues at the intersection of economics, land use, and urban planning.  He brings this valuable expertise to the Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI). View Social Ecology's latest video featuring Boarnet...

Loneliness: A Dilemma in Later Life

Karen Rook, Associate Dean of Research, School of Social Ecology and Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, was featured in a recent edition of ZotZine. Professor Rook studies relationships and how they affect one's health and happiness. Her research has shed light on the psychological toll of loneliness on the elderly.   Learn More...

Inspiration and Spirit

City of Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang delivered the commencement address at the School of Social Ecology's Commencement Ceremony on June 11, 2011. Family members and friends filled the Bren Events Center, which included 715 students graduating with Social Ecology degrees. Dean Valerie Jenness and special guest Peter the Anteater led the students in a rousing "ZOT! ZOT! ZOT!" cheer. Learn More...

Faculty, Student and Alumni Accolades

Elizabeth Cauffman, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, was recognized as the School of Social Ecology's honoree for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She was recognized at the annual Celebration of Teaching awards event in May. Learn More...

Henry Pontell, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, received the Herbert Bloch Award for his outstanding contributions to the American Society of Criminology and to the professional interests in criminology. Learn More...

Roxane Cohen Silver, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has been selected by the UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) as one of the recipients of the inaugural Faculty Mentor-Mentee Awards for 2011. Learn More...

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Recent Events

Student Awards Ceremonies:
Social Ecology students gave us many reasons to celebrate the 2010-11 school year, including their accomplishments in research, community service and academic achievement.
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PPD Lecture by Larry Webb:
Larry Webb, Partner and CEO of The New Home Company, was the featured speaker on April 29, 2011. This event was co-hosted by the Department of Planning, Policy and Design Advisory Board and the Center for Real Estate at the Paul Merage School of Business. Webb spoke about his 30 years of homebuilding experience along with his philosophy on urban planning.

Human Security Award:
On May 4, 2011 Alexandra Cousteau, founder of the nonprofit Blue Legacy, was the recipient of the 2011 Human Security Award from the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs. She was honored for her efforts to use new technology to raise awareness of watershed issues.
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Building Resilient Neighborhoods

Dan Immergluck, Professor of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech University, was the featured speaker on May 4, 2011. This event was part of the Metropolitan Futures Initiative and was co-sponsored by MFI, School of Social Ecology, Community Outreach Partnership Center and the Center for Community Development Studies. Immergluck presented on the policies and systems for responding to foreclosures and the housing market stress.
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TEDx-Richard Matthew

Richard Matthew, Professor of Planning, Policy and Design and Director of the Center of Unconventional Security Affairs, spoke at a sold-out Orange County TEDx conference at the Segerstrom Concert Hall on May 19, 2011. TED's mission is "ideas worth spreading." The TEDx program is designed to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. Orange County's theme was "Innovation Without Borders."
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