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Winter 2013
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The Dean Asks... About Water

The Dean Asks... About Water

Valerie Jenness, Dean of the School of Social Ecology, interviewed graduate student Lindsey Stuvick and Professor David Feldman about their research on water sustainability. Both Stuvick and Feldman are leading efforts to improve the sustainable use of water locally and internationally. Learn More...

In Memoriam: Gil Geis

In Memoriam: Gil Geis

Gilbert Geis, Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at age 87. Geis was a founding member of the School of Social Ecology and the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. He will be remembered as a warm and caring colleague and friend by all who were fortunate to have known him. Learn More...

Legacy Gift to Psychology and Social Behavior

Legacy Gift to Psychology and Social Behavior

An alumna of UC Irvine, who wishes to remain anonymous, has selected the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior as the recipient of a legacy gift currently valued at around $5 million dollars. This gift specifically recognizes the alumna's appreciation for the importance of the work being done in the department and will establish an endowed chair to help the department continue to achieve excellence in research and teaching in the future. Learn More...

An Vinh Tran

Campus Hydration Stations

As a student, Social Ecology alumna An Vinh Tran '12 helped to install numerous hydration stations on campus, which saves water and reduces plastic pollution with every fill-up. Tran was inspired to work on this campus effort after studying water in Professor David Feldman's "Water Resource Policy" class. In this class, she learned that only 2.5 percent of the world's water supply is freshwater, and the amount available for drinking, agriculture and other uses is steadily decreasing due to global warming and growing consumption. Learn More...

Online Course Off to Great Start

Online Course Off to Great Start

Daniel Stokols, Chancellor's Professor of Planning, Policy and Design and Psychology and Social Behavior, has taught an environmental psychology class at UC Irvine since 1973. He estimates that he has taught about 8,000 students over almost 40 years. Since his course went online in June, however, a staggering 214,000 more have taken it. Learn More...

The American Dream

The American Dream

Maria Rendon, Assistant Professor of Planning, Policy and Design, was a panelist on PBS's SoCal Insider with Rick Reiff. She spoke about upward mobility and achieving the American Dream and shared the findings of her research on the social mobility of young Latino men in poor Los Angeles neighborhoods. View Video...

Upcoming Events

February 7: Changing the DNA of our Roadways to Create Living Streets

February 12: CUSA Sustainability Symposium on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

February 13: CLS Career Night

March 6: Parole, Snitch, or Die

March 12: Master of Advanced Study (MAS) 10th Anniversary Celebration


Sarah Pressman

New Faculty

Sarah Pressman joins the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior as an Assistant Professor in Health Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and researches how positive emotions affect physiological processes and physical health. Learn More...

Simon Cole

New Director

Simon Cole, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society has been appointed the new Director of The Newkirk Center for Science and Society. In this role, Cole will strive to continue the Center's efforts to improve science's response to community needs and to increase the effective uses of scientific results for the benefit of society. Learn More...


Elizabeth Loftus

AAAS Board of Directors

Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, was elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Board of Directors. Founded in 1848, AAAS is the largest general scientific society and publishes the journal Science,the world's leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary. Learn More...

Carroll Seron

LSA President-Elect

Carroll Seron, Chair and Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was recently elected president-elect of The Law and Society Association (LSA). Seron will be president-elect until June 2013, then president until June 2015. Learn More...

Natalie Baker

PERISHIP Fellowship

Graduate student Natalie Baker has been selected as a 2012 National PERISHIP Fellow, for her research on how preparedness for a major earthquake is enacted among staff and students of a large university in Southern California. Learn More...

Public Impact Fellowship

Public Impact Fellowship

Graduate student Beth Karlin received one of only two prestigious UCI/Stanley Behrens Public Impact Fellowships for her work on home energy conservation. Marisa Omori and Matthew Valasik received honorable mentions in the 2012-2013 Public Impact Fellowship competition. This program was developed to support students whose academic excellence and research have the potential to significantly improve or enrich the lives of people in California and beyond. Learn More...

Fudge Family Scholars

Fudge Family Scholars

Undergraduate students Sahar Salehpour and Anthony Pham were selected as recipients of the Fudge Family Scholarships. These self-supporting students were chosen for their strong display of work ethic and demonstrated motivation to succeed academically despite facing significant challenges on the way to earning baccalaureate degrees in Social Ecology.

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Recent Events

Mentor Match Day

Mentor Match Day

Social Ecology's Mentor Program kicked off on November 7, 2012 with a social gathering to introduce alumni mentors to their student mentees. This is the 5th year of the program, which matches students with various career interests with Social Ecology alumni. Interested in volunteering to be a mentor? Learn More...

Urban Studies Career Night

Urban Studies Career Night

More than 50 students attended the Social Ecology Career Night on November 15, 2012. The evening featured four alumni panelists working in urban studies 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

UCI Homecoming


On January 12, 2013, nearly 4,000 alumni, students and community members attended UC Irvine's Homecoming street festival and basketball game. The week leading up to this UCI tradition was full of Anteater spirit events, including a trivia bowl, improv and talent show. View Photos...

New on the Bookshelf

Encironmental Security: Approaches and Issues

Environmental Security: Approaches and Issues

Just released by Routledge, Environmental Security: Approaches and Issues, gives a comprehensive overview of the research linking environmental factors to security, and analyzes key issue areas such as climate change, energy, water, food, population, and development. Editors include Richard Matthew, Professor of Planning, Policy and Design and Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs. Learn More...