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Fall 2014
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Matthew appointed faculty director of the Blum Center

Richard Matthew, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design and Director for the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (CUSA), has been appointed faculty director of the newly formed Blum Center for Global Engagement. Learn More...

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The Dean Asks… About Children's Eyewitness Testimony

Valerie Jenness, Dean of the School of Social Ecology, interviewed graduate student Kyndra Cleveland about her research on eliciting accurate reports from children who have witnessed or experienced a crime. Listen or Read Interview...

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TEDx Orange Coast

Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, spoke at the annual TEDx Orange Coast conference on September 21, 2014. Kubrin shares, with passion and mastery, a story of Rap on Trial that elucidates the fundamental issues our society faces in relation to freedom of speech, liberty, equality and justice. View Video...

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Why we shouldn't charge kids as adults

Elizabeth Cauffman, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, participated in a question and answer session on about the seven Sayreville high school football players that are accused of sexually hazing their younger teammates. In the interview, Cauffman makes the case that we should never charge kids as adults, no matter what they have done. Learn More...

Upcoming Events

November 13: Policing and Race Matters

November 18: MURP Alumni Mixer

November 19: It's All Water

November 19: Urban Studies Career Night

November 19: Water UCI Colloquium Series

November 21: Ocean Health, Global Fishing and Food Security

December 10: Timing Fatherhood

January 31: Homecoming Celebration


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New Social Ecology Faculty

The School of Social Ecology welcomes eight impressive new faculty members this academic year. Overall, UCI is growing, hiring 77 new faculty members total, which is one of the largest cohorts in recent history. Learn More...
Pictured: Elizabeth Martin, Nicholas Marantz, Paul Piff, Jacqueline Chen, Joey Cheng, Naomi Sugie, and Bryan Sykes. Not Pictured: Walter Nicholls

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New Department of Criminology, Law and Society Chair

Cheryl Maxson is the new Chair of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. Internationally known for her work on the juvenile justice system and gangs, Cheryl has produced a body of work that has tremendously impacted how we understand the social organization of gangs and interventions into gang behavior. Locally, she is well-known as a committed teacher and public servant. Learn More...

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New Dean's Leadership Council Member

Rob Myers has joined the Social Ecology Dean's Leadership Council, dedicated to advancing the School of Social Ecology's goals and mission. Myers, a Social Ecology alumnus, is Chief Financial Officer and Chief of Staff for the Pacific Midwest Region of Wells Fargo Bank. He is responsible for the overall financial operations and strategy for the West Coast Region. Myers will join the other distinguished members of the Council, which include Nancy Beverage, Hazem Chehabi, Salma Chehabi '09, Scott Dubchansky, Peter Fischler '80, Gary Fudge, Emile Haddad, Julie Hill, Susan Hori, Janice Johnson, Joan Kelly '77, Jim Peterson and Maurice Sanchez '78.

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Planning, Policy, and Design Distinguished Fellows

The Department of Planning, Policy, and Design is pleased to welcome the second class of Distinguished Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year. The program was established to connect senior planning and policy leaders to graduate students and alumni in urban planning. Learn More...

The Fellows Include:

  • Allen Baldwin, Founding Executive Director, Orange County Community Housing Corporation
  • Marian Bergeson, Former California State Senator, State Assemblywoman, and Secretary of Education
  • Celeste Cantú, General Manager, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA)
  • Shaheen Sadeghi, Founder, LAB Holding
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Center for Psychology and Law Distinguished Fellows

The Center for Psychology and Law is honored to welcome the inaugural class of Distinguished Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Fellows will contribute their time and expertise by serving on the Center's Advisory Board, providing professional mentorship to graduate students, and participating in a special policy briefing. Learn More...

The Fellows Include:

  • Dr. Park Dietz, President, Park Dietz & Associates Inc.
  • The Honorable Judge Maria Hernandez, Juvenile Court Presiding Judge, Superior Court of Orange County
  • Sandra Hutchens, Orange County Sheriff
  • Jennifer L. Keller, Business Trial Lawyer and Partner, Keller Rackauckas LLP


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Proshansky-Newman Professional Achievement Award

Daniel Stokols, Research Professor and Chancellor's Professor Emeritus, received the Proshansky Achievement award for career contributions to environmental and populations psychology. He received the award at the annual American Psychological Association's conference in Washington D.C.

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Newkirk Fellowships

Bemmy Maharramov, graduate student in Planning, Policy, and Design, is a recipient of a Newkirk Graduate Fellowship Award for 2014. The Newkirk Fellowship promotes appropriate and effective uses of research in the natural and social sciences to enhance the quality of life. Learn More...

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Microsemi/Peterson Fellowships

Matthew Fritz-Mauer, graduate student in Criminology, Law and Society and School of Law, and Nicole Sherman, graduate student in Criminology, Law and Society, are 2014-2015 Microsemi/Peterson Fellows. The Microsemi/Peterson fellowships are made possible through a gift from Jim Peterson, CEO of Microsemi Corporation. The fellows participate in a year-long set of activities designed to further their interdisciplinary research training, through intellectual collaboration and exchange, and through the production of an original project. Learn More...

Recent Events

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Realigning California Corrections

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Social Ecology hosted a conference on "Realigning California Corrections: Legacies of the Past, the Great Experiment and Trajectories for the Future” on October 17 and 18, 2014 at the Newkirk Alumni Center. The academic workshop brought together experts in criminology, law and policy to catalyze and support an interdisciplinary research agenda to answer criminological and sociolegal questions about the role of law in corrections policy and practice, recent prison downsizing in California, and the future of crime in our communities.
Pictured: Anjuli Verma, Carroll Seron, and Charis Kubrin Learn More...

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Beyond CSI

The Center for Psychology and Law hosted a symposium on "Crime and Punishment: Beyond the Verdict" on October 27, 2014. Dean Valerie Jenness gave opening remarks and brief research presentations were given by several key Center for Psychology and Law faculty members, including Dr. William Thompson, Professor Jane Stoever, Dr. Simon Cole, Dr. Charis Kubrin, and Dr. Keramet Reiter. Learn More...

Giving Spotlight

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Daniel and Jeannette Stokols fund fellowships

Chancellor's Professor Emeritus and previous Dean of Social Ecology Daniel Stokols and his wife, Jeannette, made a recent gift to the School of Social Ecology to establish the "Dan and Jeanne Stokols Social Ecology Graduate Fellowship Award." This endowed fellowship fund will support the outstanding transdisciplinary research of a Social Ecology graduate student and/or may be used to recruit an outstanding student to the Social Ecology doctoral program. Learn More...

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Partnership with Project Hope Alliance

The Center for Psychology and Law celebrates a new partnership with Orange County's Project Hope Alliance. Their investment in the Center will allow a graduate student researcher to help evaluate their program, design new research initiatives, and strengthen their mission to end the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time.

New on the Bookshelf

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Appealing to Justice

Chancellor's Professor Emerita Kitty Calavita and Dean and Professor Valerie Jenness, co-wrote Appealing to Justice: Prisoner Grievances, Rights, and Carceral Logic, published by University of California Press. Through interviews with prisoners, prison staff and official records, the book takes us through the byzantine grievance process and gives voices to those who are almost never heard from. Learn More...