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Upcoming Events

Quality, Accuracy, and Content in Children's Event Narratives
November 5, 2012
12 - 1 p.m.
Featuring Zoe Klemfuss, UC Irvine.

Mentor Match Day
November 7, 2012
6 - 8 p.m.
Alumni Mentors will meet their student mentee matches.

The State of California's Natural Resources
November 8, 2012
2 - 5 p.m.
Featuring John Laird, California's Secretary of Natural Resources

The Future of Offshore Oil Drilling
November 9, 2012
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Examining the future of offshore oil drilling, with a case study of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Groundwater and Climate Change in the Middle East
November 10, 2012
7:30 - 9 p.m.
Featuring experts from the Middle East on water sustainability.

Student Loans: A Dilemma in the Making
November 14, 2012
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Featuring Richard Matthew, UC Irvine.

PPD Career Night
November 15, 2012
4 - 6 p.m.
Featuring a panel of Social Ecology alumni.

Parental Management of Pediatric Pain
November 19, 2012
12 - 1 p.m.
Featuring Michelle Fortier, UC Irvine.

Insights from Neuroscience about Controlling Craving in Addiction
November 26, 2012
12 - 1 p.m.
Featuring Golnaz Tabibnia, Carnegie Mellon.

Social Pain and Pleasure
December 3, 2012
12 - 1 p.m.
Featuring Naomi Eisenberger, UCLA.

Rethinking Crime and Immigration
December 5, 2012
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Featuring Charis E. Kubrin, UC Irvine.

UCI Homecoming
January 12, 2013
4 - 8 p.m.
Street Festival and Men's Basketball Game.

Water Resources
January 23, 2013
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Featuring David Feldman, UC Irvine.

After the Culture War
January 30, 2013
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Featuring John Dombrink, UC Irvine.

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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. Learn More...

Career Night Volunteers

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Online Master's Degree

Interested in continuing your education, but need it to accommodate your schedule? Consider an online degree in Criminology, Law and Society. Check out this video to learn more.

Lauds & Laurels Nominations

Please help the UCI Alumni Association find the 2013 Lauds & Laurels honorees by submitting your nomination! Alumni and community friends are encouraged to participate in the nominations process. Learn More...

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The Dean Asks…Do Neighborhoods Matter?

Valerie Jenness, Dean of the School of Social Ecology, interviews Assistant Professor Maria Rendón about her research on second generation immigrants and urban inequality. Rendón is currently working on a book called "Second Generation Optimism and the Reproduction of Mexican Working Class,” which looks at the class mobility and assimilation of second generation young Latino men in Los Angeles. Learn More...

Advanced Field Study

The School of Social Ecology launched the first Advanced Field Study course this fall, which offers students an in-depth, three-quarter field study experience focused on civic and community engagement in the City of Santa Ana. Students are working with a local community, government, and business organizations to prepare a professional research report that strengthens the organization's services. Learn More...


Linda Levine is the new Chair of the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior. Professor Levine is internationally known for theoretically-driven, empirically meticulous research in three areas: the effects of emotion on memory, bias in memory for emotions, and the regulation of emotion. Learn More...

Carroll Seron is the new Chair of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. As an accomplished senior scholar, Professor Seron is held in high regard by her department colleagues, UC Irvine administrators, and her peers across the nation. Learn More...

Teresa Dalton joins the Department of Criminology, Law and Society as Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment. She earned her Ph.D. and J.D. at University of Denver and researches the use of advanced modeling techniques to determine best practices for criminal justice policies. Learn More...

Jae Hong Kim joins the Department of Planning, Policy and Design as an Assistant Professor. He earned his Ph.D. in regional planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and studies regional economic development, land use change, and the nexus between these two critical processes. Learn More...

Seth Pipkin joins the Department of Planning, Policy and Design as an Assistant Professor. He earned his Ph.D. in Management, specializing in labor and political economy, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He studies economic development processes and their implications for workers. Learn More...

Keramet Reiter joins the Department of Criminology, Law and Society as an Assistant Professor. She earned her Ph.D. and J.D. from University of California, Berkeley and M.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She studies prisons, prisoners' rights, and the impact of prison and punishment policy on individuals, communities, and legal systems. Learn More...

Nicholas Scurich joins the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior as an Assistant Professor. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Southern California and studies judgment and decision making, especially within legal settings. Learn More...

The Online Master of Advance Study in Criminology, Law and Society (MAS) program welcomes their 10th incoming class of students, which is the largest in its history. View Video

Faculty and Student Accolades

Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor in Psychology and Social Behavior and Criminology, Law and Society, received the 2012 UCI Medal, which is the highest honor the university bestows. Loftus was awarded at the "A Celebration of Stars" ceremony on October 27, 2012. Learn More...

Graduate students Svetlana Bershadsky and Marisa Omori are the Social Ecology recipients of a Newkirk Center Fellowship. This award funds student research that is commensurate with the mission of the Newkirk Center, which aims to improve science's response to community needs and to increase the effective uses of scientific results for the benefit of society. Learn More...

Graduate student Alyse Bertenthal has been named a 2012-2013 Peterson/Microsemi Fellow. Students who receive this award are associated with the Center for Law, Society and Culture, which promotes interdisciplinary work on the role of social, cultural and historical factors in the development and interpretation of law. Learn More...

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Funding Future Research

Child Victim Research: Jodi Quas, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, received a $120,000 collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct a series of studies to improve best-practice interviewing guidelines regarding questioning children suspected of having been abused. Quas was recently interviewed about her research on PBS SoCal's Real Orange. View Video...

Forensic Research: William Thompson, Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society and Psychology and Social Behavior, has received a $1.3 million UC Lab Fees Research Grant to conduct a two-year study entitled "Evidence, Inference and Bias in WMD Forensics." The project is a collaboration involving research teams at UC Irvine and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Learn More...

Neighborhood Research: A team of researchers, led by John Hipp and Charis Kubrin, Associate Professors of Criminology, Law and Society, have received $560,000 from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) for their project, "Crime in Metropolitan America: Patterns and Trends Across the Southern California Landscape." Learn More...

Water Research: David Feldman, Chair and Professor of Planning, Policy and Design, and his collaborators have been awarded a five year $4.8 million National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education Grant to address how climate change and global population growth demand creative, low-energy, multi-disciplinary, and multi-benefit approaches to sustaining adequate water. Learn More...

Recent Events

Science to Fight Injustice:
On October 4, 2012, Distinguished Professor Saul Kassin was the featured speaker at the second program in the Science to Fight Injustice Lecture Series. Kassin pioneered the scientific study of police interviewing, interrogations, and false confessions. This public lecture was made possible through the generous support of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Foundation and an anonymous donor. Learn More...

Donor Wall Reception:
The Social Ecology Dean's Leadership Council and other Social Ecology supporters gathered for a reception on October 3, 2012 for the unveiling of the new Donor Wall in the Social Ecology's Dean's Office. The wall recognizes the many transformative gifts made by both alumni and the community over the last 40 years.

New On The Bookshelf:

Professor David Feldman's book Water, which takes a comprehensive look at water sustainability, was published in September 2012 by Polity Books. It answers important pressing questions about freshwater control and explores the complexity of future challenges, while offering ambitious but practical policy solutions. Learn More...

Just released by NYU Press, Punishing Immigrants - Policy, Politics and Injustice, identifies the hidden consequences of immigration policies and practices and develops a new paradigm for understanding marginalized immigrant populations. Editors include Charis E. Kubrin, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society. Additional contributors to the book include Susan Bibler Coutin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society. Learn More...

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