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Social Ecology Commecement

Social Ecology Commencement

Gaddi Vasquez, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at Southern California Edison, delivered the keynote address at the School of Social Ecology's commencement ceremony on June 14, 2013. The Bren Events Center was filled with thousands of family and friends who celebrated 925 undergraduate students and 85 master’s students as they received their diplomas. Gaddi Vasquez’s inspiring speech encouraged students to "seize the moment". Learn More...

The fiction of memory

The fiction of memory

Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, recently spoke about her extensive research on false memories at the TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. “I don’t study when people forget,” she says. “I study when people remember things that didn’t happen.” (Photo Credit: James Duncan Davidson) Learn More...

Upcoming Events

October 2: Positive Emotions = Healthy Outcome

October 5: UCI Medal

October 9: How Does Culture Affect Economic Development?

October 18: Innovative Technologies in Renewable Energy

November 6: Urban Studies Career Night

November 13: Ego-hoods as a Measure of Neighborhoods

November 20: Mentor Match Day


Mentoring Awards

Mentoring Awards

John Hipp, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, and Jodi Quas, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, are recipients of the Outstanding Mentoring Award from the UC Irvine Emeriti Association. Hipp and Quas were nominated by their peers and students who appreciate their commitment to advising students. They were honored at the UC Irvine Emeriti Association meeting on June 4, 2013.

Faculty Award

Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award

John Dombrink, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Service. The award is conferred by the UC Irvine Academic Senate to those who have made outstanding contributions through service to the University, and is among the most prestigious awards University of California faculty members can receive from their colleagues.

Service Award

Daniel G. Aldrich Jr. Distinguished University Service Award

Henry Pontell, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, has been named the 2013-2014 recipient of the Daniel G. Aldrich Jr. Distinguished University Service Award. The award is conferred by the UC Irvine Academic Senate to those who, in addition to achieving with distinction their scholarly pursuits, have made sustained and outstanding contributions through service to the University. It is among the most prestigious awards University of California faculty members can receive from their colleagues.

Haynes Fellowship

Haynes Fellowships

Congratulations to Social Ecology Ph.D. students Oscar Tsai, Marisa Omori and Anaid Yerena for being awarded the prestigious 2013 Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award from The Haynes Foundation. These awards of $20,000 each will support the completion of their dissertation research. Learn More...

Engagement Awards

Engagement Awards

The School of Social Ecology was honored multiple times at UC Irvine's 5th Annual Engagement Awards and Poster Session on May 9, 2013. The School and Community Service Programs, Inc. received the Campus/Community Partnership Award for their long standing relationship through the Field Study program. Doug Houston, Assistant Professor in Planning, Policy, and Design, was awarded the Engaged Faculty Scholar Award. Rupa Jones, graduate student in Psychology and Social Behavior, received the Future of the Field Award. Social Ecology Field Study program partner liaison Brateil Aghasi from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County was honored with the Community Leadership Award. Learn More...

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Recent Events

Summer Research Program

Summer Research Program in Social Ecology

The School of Social Ecology offered a unique research opportunity for advanced Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) students committed to pursuing doctoral education in Criminology, Law and Society, Psychology and Social Behavior, or Public Health. The eight-week Summer 2013 program on campus provided students with hands-on research experience, participation in graduate-style seminars, and experience disseminating scholarly research in academic forums. Learn More...

Student Awards Ceremony

Student Awards Ceremony

The School of Social Ecology held its annual Undergraduate Awards Ceremony on June 12, 2013 at the UC Irvine Student Center. Faculty, staff, and parents gathered to celebrate the many student accomplishments in research, community service, and academic achievement during the 2012-13 school year.

Thailand Ministry of Justice

Thailand Ministry of Justice

Henry Pontell, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, arranged for a delegation from the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Thailand to conduct a study visit to UC Irvine on May 21-29, 2013 entitled, "Science Before Politics: Capacity Building Workshop on Justice Evidence-Based Research." The officials were treated to research presentations by CLS faculty, graduate students, and staff of the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, and met with campus administrators, including School of Social Ecology Dean Valerie Jenness.

Ocean Acidification

Ocean Acidification

On May 3, 2013, the School of Social Ecology partnered with other campus affiliates to host a day-long symposium that brought together community leaders and research experts in law, science, and public policy to discuss how acidification affects our oceans. This was the thirteenth conference in the "Toward a Sustainable 21st Century" series. Learn More...

Diversity Recruitment Forum

Diversity Recruitment Forum

The California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education, planned by a consortium of public and private colleges and universities from throughout California, held their 23rd Annual Forum at the UC Irvine on April 27, 2013. The Forums are designed to meet the needs of undergraduates and master’s candidates who belong to groups currently under-represented in doctoral graduate programs. Faculty and graduate students from Social Ecology represented the School’s outstanding graduate programs. Learn More...

Giving Spotlight

Tax Mitigation

Tax Mitigation

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) passed on January 2, 2013. It included a number of reforms such as increases in the Federal Income Tax Rate to as high as 39.6 percent and an increase of capital gains rates to 20% for some individuals. These changes have motivated many individuals to consider leveraging their passion for charity to help mitigate their tax situation. Learn More...

Getting Involved

Mentor Program

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 for the 2013-2014 academic year. Learn More...