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Summer 2014
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President Obama celebrates class of 2014

President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at UC Irvine's commencement ceremony on June 14, 2014, officially kicking off UCI's 50th Anniversary. The Angel Stadium of Anaheim was filled with more than 6,000 members of UC Irvine's class of 2014 and 30,000 family members and friends. Obama's inspiring speech described UC Irvine as “ahead of the curve” and encouraged graduates to guard against cynicism. Learn More...

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MFI releases Second Regional Progress Report

Dean Valerie Jenness hosted a breakfast for the release and discussion of the Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) Second Regional Progress Report. Community members, civic leaders, campus staff, students and faculty attended to learn more about the report from Professor John Hipp, who presented the findings on behalf of the MFI team of faculty and students. The report focuses on the Southern California region and analyzes data on issues such as jobs, home values, land use and crime. It reveals complex connections among seemingly disparate community problems in order to develop more effective solutions to pressing and emergent challenges. Learn More...

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Rising waters

UC Irvine students of all levels and from many disciplines, including the School of Social Ecology, are participating in the Flood-Resilient Infrastructure & Sustainable Environments (FloodRISE) project. Recently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the initiative is designed to help residents along the Pacific coast cope with rising waters. Learn More...

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Parched West is using up underground water

Stephanie Castle, MURP '13 (Master in Urban and Regional Planning), and a team of researchers from UCI and NASA have released a study that found more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought. Learn More...

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Zero Waste Plan

Each year students in a Planning, Policy, and Design (PPD) and Earth System Science (ESS) class work in teams to identify, research and develop solutions to sustainability challenges on and off campus. This year one of the projects, the Zero Waste Plan, was submitted to The Green Initiative Fund and was awarded $40,000. This project will have a significant impact, moving UC Irvine 2-3% closer to being a zero waste campus. Learn More...

Upcoming Events

October 10: Race, Biological Causation, and Science Communication

October 22: New Faculty Welcome

October 27: Beyond CSI

November 19: Urban Studies Career Night


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Lauds and Laurels

Dean Valerie Jenness emceed the UCI Alumni Association's Lauds and Laurels Ceremony on May 17, 2014. Arif Alikhan '90 was honored at the ceremony with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the School of Social Ecology. Alikhan is the Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing and Commanding Officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. He was honored for his years of dedication to security on both a national and local level. Learn More...

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Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award

Chuansheng Chen, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, is the 2014-2015 recipient of the Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research. The award is conferred by the UC Irvine Academic Senate and is among the most prestigious awards University of California faculty members can receive from their colleagues. Chen was honored for his critically important contributions to understanding how children and adolescents develop across cultures, the genetic bases of cognitive and personality traits, and the neural bases of learning and memory. View Video...

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Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Teaching

Terry Dalton, Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment in Criminology, Law and Society, received the 2014-2015 Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Teaching. The award is conferred by the UC Irvine Academic Senate to those who have made outstanding contributions through teaching at the University. Dalton teaches both undergraduate and graduate students with course topics ranging from government crime to statistical methods.

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Feldman receives honorary doctorate

On May 24, 2014, Martha Feldman, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design, and Johnson Chair for Civic Governance and Public Management, received an Honorary Doctorate in Economics from the School of Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. St. Gallen is consistently ranked among the top 10 of European Business Schools.

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Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement Award

Jutta Heckhausen, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, has been selected to receive the 2014 Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement Award of the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 20 (Adult development and aging). This is the Division's most prestigious award, established to honor distinguished researchers who have made exceptional theoretical and empirical contributions to the psychological science of aging.

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Living Our Values

Paul Jesilow, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, and Andy Nguyen Le, Senior in Criminology, Law and Society, are recipients of the 2014 Living Our Values Award. The Living Our Values Award honors UC Irvine faculty, staff and students whose actions best embody the university's values of respect, intellectual curiosity, integrity, commitment, empathy, appreciation and fun. Learn More...

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Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology Award

For the second year in a row, a faculty member from the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior has received the APA Division 38 Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology Award (Junior). Sarah Pressman is the 2014 recipient and Sally Dickerson was the 2013 recipient. Pressman will receive the award on August 9th at the 2014 American Psychological Association convention in Washington, DC.

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DECADE Mentor Graduate Diversity Award

Roxane Cohen Silver, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, received a DECADE Mentor Graduate Diversity Award. UC Irvine's DECADE program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and aims to increase the number of minorities and women underrepresented in their disciplines receiving doctoral degrees. Silver’s award will support a graduate student researcher for the 2014-15 academic year.

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Recent Events

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PPD Distinguished Fellows Panel

Community members, faculty and students gathered at the UC Irvine University Club on April 30, 2014 for "Urban Planning as an Engaged Enterprise in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities" featuring the Department of Planning, Policy and Design's Distinguished Fellows. Proceeds from the event supported the Department of Planning, Policy and Design's Ray Watson Fellowship Fund. Learn More...

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Anteater Picnic

On April 26, 2014, Dean Valerie Jenness fulfilled her promise by hosting her supporters to an Anteater Picnic at the Santa Ana Zoo. Alumni and friends who donated in support of Dean Jenness in the Promise for Education campaign last fall, were treated to a behind the scenes VIP tour of the zoo, an up close view of Peter the Anteater and lunch. View Photos...

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Human Security Award

On May 7, 2014, Ken Rutherford, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize co-recipient and co-founder of the Landmine Survivors Network, was the recipient of the 2014 Human Security Award from the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs. This was the 10th Annual Human Security Award, which honors an individual or group whose actions have made a dramatic difference in helping protect and empower the world's most vulnerable groups and communities. View Video...

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Meeker Retirement Celebration

On May 20, 2014, the School of Social Ecology celebrated the achievements of Associate Dean Jim Meeker, who retired after 33 years of service to UCI. Meeker was a professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and served as Associate Dean since 1999. His academic research focused on applying social scientific methodological techniques to stuyding the various aspects of access to civil justice for the poor.

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California's Marine Protected Areas

On May 28, 2014, 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 present status and future challenges of the transformative Marine Life Protection Act of 1999. This was the fifteenth conference in the "Toward a Sustainable 21st Century" series. Learn More...

Giving Spotlight

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Gift to the Raymond Watson Fellowship Fund

Elsa Watson, wife of the late Ray Watson, has made a $75,000 gift to the Watson Fellowship Fund in urban and regional planning as a tribute to her husband and in recognition of Ray Watson's strong commitment to the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design and its urban and regional planning program. Learn More...
Pictured: Watson Bridge connecting UCI to Irvine

Get Involved

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T.A.S.T.E. Program

The School of Social Ecology seeks alumni to participate in our newly launched “Take a Student to Eat” (T.A.S.T.E.) Program, designed to give students and alumni an opportunity to make meaningful connections. Alumni and students are matched to share a meal and conversation about their career advice, interests and Anteater experiences. Learn More...

New on the Bookshelf

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Father Time

Becoming a parent is a transformational life event. Through quantitative and qualitative analyses, Professor Wendy Goldberg's Father Time: The Social Clock and the Timing of Fatherhood reveals interesting and surprising associations between early, on-time, and delayed entry into fatherhood and men's adaptation to pregnancy and parenthood. Learn More...