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Spring 2013
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Discover · Engage · Transform

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New Social Ecology Video

New Social Ecology Video

The 21st century presents us with a wide array of opportunities for creating a better world. Making the most of these opportunities calls for our research and teaching to be rigorous, innovative, thoughtful and engaged. Learn how Social Ecology lives by our motto: Discover · Engage · Transform. View Video...

Dean Asks...

Dean Asks... Alumnus Peter Fischler

Valerie Jenness, Dean of the School of Social Ecology, interviewed alumnus Peter Fischler '80 about his memories as a student playing water polo and doing research with Professor Emeritus Gil Geis. Peter explains his career path and the influence UC Irvine had on his direction in life. Learn More...

Prisoner Realignment

Prisoner Realignment

Charis Kubrin, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was on PBS's SoCal Insider with Rick Reiff discussing court-mandated prison realignment to reduce prison overcrowding. She was joined by former Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley. View Video...

Examining Emotion

Examining Emotion - Health Connection Throughout the World

Sarah Pressman, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, and her collaborators recently published a study in Psychological Science on the impact of emotions on health in places where people face famine, homelessness and serious safety concerns. Learn More...

Daily Stress and Health

Daily Stress Takes Toll on Long-term Mental Health

Our emotional responses to the stresses of daily life may predict our long-term mental health, according to a new study led by Susan Charles, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior. Her research suggests that maintaining emotional balance is crucial to avoiding severe mental health problems down the road. Learn More...

Upcoming Events

May 3: Ocean Acidification

May 7: Alumni Career Seminar

May 21: PSB Career Night

May 28: Social Ecology Mentor Program Year-End Social

May 29: Latino Young Men and the American Dream

June 14: UCI Commencement


Nancy Beverage

New Dean's Leadership Council Member

Nancy Beverage joins the other distinguished members of the Dean's Leadership Council, dedicated to advancing the School of Social Ecology's goals and mission. Nancy is an enthusiastic supporter of the School and a life-long learner. She formally worked for IBM and now is very active in various non-profit organizations, such as the Laguna College of Art and Design and the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association.


Nicholas Scurich

Rising Star

Nicholas Scurich, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, and Criminology, Law and Society, has been honored by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) as a Rising Star, for being a new mover and shaker in the field of psychological science. Learn More...

Celebration of Teaching

Celebration of Teaching

At the 20th Annual Celebration of Teaching Ceremony on April 12, 2013 the following accolades were awarded: School of Social Ecology's Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award - Doug Houston, Assistant Professor of Planning, Policy and Design; Lecturer of the Year Award - Donna Schuele, Lecturer in Criminology, Law and Society; Pedagogical Fellows - Nicole Matthews, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior and Victoria Lowerson, graduate student in Planning, Policy and Design, Anaid Yerena, graduate student in Planning, Policy and Design.

Dean's Award

Dean's Award for Community Engagement

The Dean's Award for Community Engagement recognizes students who exemplify a commitment to rigorous academics and sustained community impact. This year the following seven students will be honored: Veronique Fortin, Kristin Gundersen, Beth Karlin, Jennifer Majdick, Jessica Perez, Anthony Pham, and Anaid Yerena. Honorable mentions include Marie Montoya and Tania Reza. Learn More...

Lauds and Laurels

Lauds and Laurels

On May 16, 2013 at the Lauds and Laurels Ceremony, the UCI Alumni Association will honor Ted Scharf, Ph.D. '95, Research Psychologist at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the School of Social Ecology. The Outstanding Graduate Student Award will be given to Victoria Lowerson, from the Department of Planning, Policy and Design. Learn More...

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Recent Events

MAS 10th Anniversary

MAS 10th Anniversary Celebration

The Master of Advanced Study (MAS) in Criminology, Law and Society celebrated its tenth anniversary on March 12, 2013 with a reception and speakers including founding faculty and notable alumni. The self-sustaining program has become a model of success for others, as higher education continues to embrace new technology and reach more people. Learn More...

Social Ecology Alumni Social

Social Ecology Alumni Social

Alumni and faculty mingled and shared memories on April 18, 2013 at the recently opened Newkirk Alumni Center. Everyone enjoyed tours of the beautiful 12,500 square-foot center, named in honor of Social Ecology alumna Martha Newkirk and her husband Jim. If you missed this event, please contact Social Ecology External Relations at for a personal tour of the Newkirk Alumni Center or list of upcoming Social Ecology events.

Criminology Career Night

Criminology Career Night

More than 30 students attended the Social Ecology Career Night on February 13, 2013. The evening featured four alumni panelists working in criminology and law related career fields who shared their experiences and educational backgrounds with students. Interested in volunteering to be on our next alumni panel? Please email Social Ecology External Relations for more information at

Human Security Award

Human Security Award

On April 24, 2013, environmental artist Chris Jordan was the recipient of the 2013 Human Security Award from the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs. He was honored for his artistic social activism and he gave a keynote address titled “Running the Numbers: Comprehending the Enormity of the Human Collective.” Learn More...

New on the Bookshelf

Wrongful Convictions and Miscarriages of Justice

Wrongful Convictions and Miscarriages of Justice

Just released by Routledge, Wrongful Convictions and Miscarriages of Justice, identifies the causes and potential remedies for wrongful convictions that could be implemented in North American and European Criminal Justice Systems. Ronald Huff, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is the co-editor. Additional contributors to the book from the School of Social Ecology include Professor Simon Cole, Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Loftus and Professor William Thompson. Learn More...

Crime and Punishment in America

Crime and Punishment in America

Professor Elliot Currie's revision of his 1998 book, Crime and Punishment in America, critiques the nation's prison policies, reviews recent developments in criminal justice, and argues for a more peaceful path to a just society. Backed by years of Currie's original research, this new edition picks up from the original and continues to give insight to the criminal justice system. Learn More...