Social Ecology E-newsletter March 2017
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National Registry of Exonerations

Welcome Celebration

The National Registry of Exonerations, an internationally recognized research, education and policy project, has recently moved its primary institutional home to the UCI Newkirk Center for Science & Society. The Registry is the definitive repository of information and research about exonerations in the United States. Join us March 16th to welcome the Registry to UCI and learn more about the critical work being done to prevent future wrongful convictions. 
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SoCal Crime Report

Predicts lower violence and property crime rates in 2017

John Hipp and Charis Kubrin, professors of Criminology, Law & Society authored the third annual Crime Report for Southern California, projecting double-digit reductions in both violent and property crimes across much of Southern California for 2017. Violent crime is estimated to drop by 21 percent in 82 percent of cities, and property crime is expected to decrease by 11 percent in 79 percent of cities. It was produced by the School of Social Ecology’s Irvine Laboratory for the Study of Space & Crime.
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Nuisance flooding can cost more than extreme, infrequent events

New research on long-term impact of climate change

Global climate change is being felt in many coastal communities of the United States, not always in the form of big weather disasters but as a steady drip, drip, drip of nuisance flooding. According to Associate Dean Richard Matthew and his fellow UCI researchers, rising sea levels will cause these smaller events to become increasingly frequent in the future, and the cumulative effect may be comparable to extreme events such as Hurricane Katrina or Superstorm Sandy.
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March 7: Film Screening: They Call Us Monsters
March 8: Interviewing Children to Obtain Reliable Evidence
March 8: 12th Annual Human Security Award
March 9: Book Talk with Daniel LaChance
March 10: InSAR Measurements of Subsidence in the Central Valley
March 14: (Un)Making a Murderer: Responses and Remedies for Wrongful Conviction
March 16: National Registry of Exonerations Welcome Celebration
March 30: 47th Lauds & Laurels Award Ceremony
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"What Matters to Me and Why" Speaker

Alumnus Jermaine Griggs '05, was the featured speaker in the "What Matters to Me and Why” Alumni Series at UCI. Jermaine Griggs graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in Criminology, Law and Society. Griggs is a minister, musician, entrepreneur and public speaker. Dean Nancy Guerra, hosted the evening's informal and conversational dinner event that explored how Griggs' student experiences profoundly impacted his career path and life journey.
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Political Conflicts and Urban Dynamics

What influence does urban policy have on larger nationalistic political conflicts? Scott Bollens, Warmington Chair in Peace and International Cooperation, has studied cities across the world polarized by inter-group and political conflict, including Jerusalem, Belfast, and Beirut. Through interviews with over 360 urban professionals, politicians, community advocates, and academics, Bollens seeks to understand which elements of city life contribute to peace and which elements initiate or sustain conflict and violence.
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On February 25, 2017, over 3,500 alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members attended the UCI Homecoming Festival in Aldrich Park. The School of Social Ecology hosted a Pre-Game Party at the Festival with food, games, prizes and Anteater spirit! Alumni had an opportunity to re-connect, mingle with faculty and meet Dean Nancy Guerra. 

Alumni Mentors Needed

The School of Social Ecology seeks alumni to participate in our “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.
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The math behind Trump's deportation plan makes no sense
Charis Kubrin, Wired

California could become a sanctuary state. What does that mean?
Ana Muñiz, USA Today

California's wet weather has some believing drought is over
David Feldman, KABC-TV Los Angeles
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