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Upcoming Events

Master of Public Policy Information Session
February 22, 2011
5:30 - 6 p.m.
Learn how you can be a part of the inaugural MPP class

Who Controls Water? Conflict, Cooperation, and "Soft" Power
February 23, 2011
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Featuring Professor David Feldman, UC Irvine

Can You Spot a Terrorist?
February 24, 2011
4 - 6 p.m.
Featuring Associate Professor Christian Meissner, University of Texas at El Paso

Federal Criminal Cases in the Post-Booker Era
February 25, 2011
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Center for Law, Society and Culture conference and workshop

State Capacity, Economic Crisis and Economic Reform
March 2, 2011
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Featuring Associate Professor George Shambaugh, Georgetown University

Enhancing the Future of the California Coast
March 4, 2011
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Examining future challenges across science, law and governance with case studies of the Orange County coast

The Politics of Sustainability
March 9, 2011
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Featuring Associate Professor Richard Matthew, UC Irvine

Celebrate UCI
April 16, 2011
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Featuring an outdoor festival, open house and car show

Building Resilient Neighborhoods
May 4, 2011
6 - 8:30 p.m.
Featuring Professor Dan Immergluck, Georgia Tech University

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Mentor Program

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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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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. Learn More...

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Arrested Development

Elizabeth Cauffman, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has received a $3.3 million research grant from the MacArthur Foundation and a $500,000 research grant from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. This funding will allow Cauffman to evaluate juvenile offense cases, based on her previous research on adolescent development, to determine which future offenders should be sent through the formal justice system and which offenders should be diverted to informal processing. (Photo courtesy of Richard Ross) View Video...

Crossing Cultures

Justin Richland, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, knew early on that he didn't want a typical career. He found his niche in the Native American legal system. Currently, he is working with the Hopi tribe in Northern Arizona to help settle disputes out of court in a manner that is mindful of their heritage. Learn More...

Living Our Values

Congratulations to Victor Becerra, Director of the UCI Community Outreach Partnership Center, and John Dombrink, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, who have received the 2010 UCI Living Our Values award. This award honors UCI staff, faculty and students whose actions best embody the university's values of respect, intellectual curiosity, integrity, commitment, empathy, appreciation and fun.   Learn More...

Faculty and Student Accolades

Doug Cheung, a double major in Psychology and Social Behavior and Neurobiology, has been awarded the 2010-2011 Dalai Lama Scholarship along with fellow senior Bethel Mesgana. Together they are using the scholarship funds to create an undergraduate course and public forum promoting the holistic understanding of illness and healing. Learn more about the Dalai Lama Scholorship...

Graduate Students from the School of Social Ecology were awarded UCI Graduate Division's Public Impact Fellowships. Congratulations to Emily Troshynski for receiving the Public Impact Distinguished Fellowship and Tim Goddard, Gabriela Noriega and Robert Werth for receiving Honorable Mention Public Impact Fellowships. Learn more about Public Impact Distinguished Fellowships...

James Meeker, Associate Dean of Students and Computing, received the UCI Extension 2010 Faculty Award in recognition of his efforts on the Paralegal Advisory Board. This award honors a UCI faculty member for outstanding performance in contributing to UCI Extension's success. Learn more about UCI Extension

Candice Odgers, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has been awarded the 2011 Early Career Research Contributions Award from the Society for Research in Child Development. Odgers will be presented with the award at the SRCD's Biennial Meeting Awards Ceremony this March.

Henry Pontell, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, received the Western Society of Criminology's Paul Tappan Award for outstanding contributions to the field of criminology at their annual meeting in Vancouver.

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Recent Events

UCI Homecoming:
On January 22, 2011, over 3,750 alumni, students and community members attended UCI's Homecoming street festival and basketball game. The week leading up to this UCI tradition was full of Anteater spirit events, including a flash mob, block party and talent show.
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Toward a Healthy City:
Jason Corburn, Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, was the featured speaker on January 25, 2011, at UC Irvine. Sponsored by the School of Social Ecology's Metropolitan Futures Initiative, Center for Community Development Studies, and the Community Outreach Partnership Center, Professor Corburn presented the argument that city planning must return to its roots in public health and social justice.
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In the Field

Alumna Valentina Cardenas '10 has a passion for promoting youth education, which was enhanced by her Field Study during her senior year at the Orange County Probation Department. Gaining this new knowledge and experience helped to secure a place for her in the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Facilitator in Kazakhstan. "I truly believe that I have UCI to thank for this. Without Field Study, I would not be where I am today." says Cardenas.

Welcome Back Alumna Mickey Shaw

We are pleased to announce that Mickey Shaw has been appointed the Director of Development for the School of Social Ecology. Mickey comes to us with a wealth of experience and a long list of accomplishments that will serve the School well. Most recently, Mickey was the Vice President of Development for MIND Research Institute, a non-profit organization that improves math literacy for preK-12 students. During her nine years at MIND, Mickey built the development efforts from $600K annually to $5M, managing a staff of eight. In addition to a career total of well over $25M to her credit, Mickey is also well regarded in the community for her expertise in board and volunteer development as well as strategic planning. Mickey received her undergraduate degree from Social Ecology in 1983 and a Masters in Public Health from UCLA in 1985.

The School of Social Ecology
University of California, Irvine
5300 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Irvine, CA 92697-7050