Social Ecology E-newsletter January 2017
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• • • Science Driving Solutions • • •

January 11: Amidst the Chaos - A Talk with Dr. James Orbinski
January 12: How to Resist the Master-Plan
January 12: Plastic Ocean Art Exhibit
January 17: Book Talk with Renee Cramer
January 25-26: Spit Camp

A matter of life or death

What drives decisions by autonomous vehicles in dire situations?

Azim Shariff, Assistant Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, and his colleagues­ – Iyad Rahwan, Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass., and Jean-Francois Bonnefon, a Research Director at the Toulouse School of Economics in France – have created an online survey platform called the Moral Machine for people to take part in the opportunity to share their opinions about which algorithmic decisions are most ethical for a self-driving vehicle to make.
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Public defender’s office needed a scientist

Use of forensic evidence in the criminal justice system is shifting

Social Ecology alumna Erin Morris, who earned a Ph.D. in psychology and social behavior in 2006, is the subject of UCI associate professor of literary journalism Erika Hayasaki’s story “The Investigator,” published in the December issue of The California Sunday Magazine. The Los Angeles County public defender’s office created the position of behavioral sciences research analyst for Morris in 2007. It’s her job to keep on top of the latest academic literature on forensic evidence and determine which studies and theories are valid.

(Photo Credit: Dru Donovan/The California Sunday)
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Leap Ahead

Social Ecology's Five-Year Strategic Plan

For more than 40 years, the School of Social Ecology has emphasized interdisciplinary research, team science, community-engaged scholarship, and science that matters. The School's leadership team has developed a five-year strategic plan to continue this important work and strive to be the best interdisciplinary school in the nation and beyond, a place where the brightest scholars and students engage in research that strengthens our communities and improves lives.
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Mentor a Student

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 Social Ecology of the Anthropocene

Professor Richard Matthew and his collaborators just released The Social Ecology of the Anthropocene: Continuity and Change in Global Environmental Politics. This edited volume of work seeks to introduce new perspectives on the environmental challenges and innovative responses the Anthropocene, the proposed geological epoch from when humans started to have a significant impact on the earth.

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The scientific reason you should be watching Planet Earth
Paul Piff, The Week

Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus explores the myths of memory
Elizabeth Loftus, The Sydney Morning Herald

Violent crime in LA rises for third straight year
Charis Kubrin, 89.3 KPCC's Take Two
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