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Spring 2014
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Thai Delegation

UC Irvine and Kingdom of Thailand Enter into a MOU

UC Irvine and the Ministry of Justice, Kingdom of Thailand, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote future educational and scientific cooperation. Pictured signing the MOU are Dean Jenness and Mr. Vitaya Suriyawong, Director of the General Office of Justice Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Kingdom of Thailand.

Making Connections

Making Connections, Maximizing Opportunities

The first Field Study conference was held on April 21, 2014 at the UC Irvine Student Center. Local community businesses and groups, faculty and students attended this event that was made possible by the support of The Dubchansky Family. Learn More...

New Director

New Director for the Center for Psychology and Law

Elizabeth Cauffman, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, is the new Director of the Center for Psychology and Law. The Center was established in 2005 with a mission of “bridging the gap between scientific evidence and public policy.” Professor Cauffman and the Center recently hosted the first lecture of a two-part series, “Beyond CSI” that featured many of the professors associated with the Center. Learn More...

Rap Lyrics

Rap Lyrics on Trial

Charis Kubrin, Associate Professor in Criminology, Law and Society, was quoted in a recent New York Times front page article and has co-authored a Los Angeles Times Op-Ed. Kubrin serves as an expert witness in cases that use rap lyrics as evidence. Learn More...


Portrait of a Cybercriminal as a Young Man

Henry Pontell, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, has studied white-collar crime for three decades and, in recent years, he finds that the criminal mastermind is often a child. Pontell states, "There are kids out there today that can steal your identity, destroy your credit and empty out your bank account without ever leaving their computers. And they can do it as fast as unwrapping their birthday presents." Learn More...
Photo credit: Steve Zyliss/ University Communications

Catch Them

Catch Them if You Can

Richard Matthew, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design and Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (CUSA), considers cyberattacks a serious threat to private industry, government services, power, travel and other aspects of daily life. Learn More...
Photo credit: Steve Zyliss/ University Communications

Alison Clarke-Stewart

In Memoriam, Alison Clarke-Stewart

Professor Emerita Alison Clarke-Stewart passed away unexpectedly on February 23, 2014. She was a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at UC Irvine from 1983 until her retirement in 2008 and held the title of Research Professor at the time of her death. A memorial service was held on April 6 at the University Club. Learn More...

Upcoming Events

May 6: Psychology and Social Behavior Career Panel

May 7: Human Security Award

May 15: Lauds and Laurels

May 21: The Slow Violence of State-Organized Race Crime

May 28: Marine Life Protection Act and California’s Marine Protected Areas

June 5: "Kids for Cash" screening

June 14: UC Irvine 50th Anniversary Commencement

June 16: School of Social Ecology Commencement


Greg Reinhard

Welcome Greg Reinhard, Assistant Dean

Greg Reinhard is the new Assistant Dean in the School of Social Ecology. Previously he was the department manager at UC Irvine’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Greg grew up in Southern California before receiving a BA and MBA from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Greg’s academic background, professional experience, and thoughtful approach to management make him an asset to the School of Social Ecology and UC Irvine.


Dave Feldman

David Feldman and Water UCI

David Feldman, Chair and Professor in Planning, Policy, and Design, was named the director of Water UCI. Through Water UCI, dozens of faculty members across disciplines provide leadership in water research, education and outreach to solve one of our most pressing problems and one of the planet’s most valuable resources- water. Water UCI is one of three campus-wide proposals of excellence that was selected from an impressive pool of submissions.

Dickman Award winners

The Paul and Frances Baker Dickman Graduate Award

The first recipients of the Paul and Frances Baker Dickman Graduate Award for Community Engagement are Charlotte Bradstreet, doctoral student in Criminology, Law and Society, and Victoria Lowerson-Bredow, doctoral student in Planning, Policy, and Design. Learn More...

Fudge Family Scholars

Fudge Family Scholars

Helen Tiik Daar and Patricia Place, both Psychology and Social Behavior students, are the Fudge Family Scholarship recipients for 2014. These self-supporting students were chosen for their display of a strong work ethic and their motivation to succeed academically despite the challenges they have faced.

Award for Community Engagement

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 students will be honored:
Emmanuelle Chandler, Kyndra Cleveland, Tera Dornfeld, Hiroshi Ishikawa, Christopher Rendon, Amrita Singh, and Jennifer E. White. Honorable mentions are Cynthia Sanchez and Emily Sandon.

Recent Events

Classes Without Quizzes

Classes Without Quizzes

The School of Social Ecology was selected as one of only two schools that participated in UC Irvine's Homecoming inaugural "Classes Without Quizzes," which was held on January 25, 2014. Professors Susan Charles, Linda Levine and Sarah Pressman talked about the connection between health and happiness.

CLS Career Panel

Criminology, Law and Society Career Panel

The Criminology, Law and Society Career Panel held on February 12, 2014 featured four alumni panelists working in criminology and law related careers. They shared their experiences, educational background, and advice with the students. Interested in volunteering to be on the next alumni career panel? Please email Social Ecology External Relations at
Pictured: C. Ellis, D. McCormick, D. Hansen-Grimes, A. Venegas

Science to Fight Injustice

Science to Fight Injustice

On March 12, 2014, Professor Maggie Bruck, Johns Hopkins University, was the featured speaker at the fourth program in the Science to Fight Injustice Lecture Series. Bruck discussed research findings and case studies involving the reliability of children’s statements in the courtroom. The lecture was made possible by generous gifts from Nancy and Gary Beverage, Joan (SE ‘77 ) and Eamon Kelly, the School of Law, the School of Social Ecology, and The Newkirk Center.

Annual Fund

Annual Fund Kick Off

Dean Valerie Jenness (pictured with Social Ecology student callers) gave a rousing speech at the Annual Fund Call Center.  She thanked the students, who called alumni to ask for support, and let them know that their efforts would go directly to The Dean's Award for Community Engagement. Learn More...