June 2022

• • • Science Driving Solutions • • •

Affordable housing decreases crime

LCL study finds benefits to building low-cost units in Orange County

What happens when affordable housing opens in Orange County? Crime goes down and surrounding property values go up, according to a study on the effects of affordable housing in Orange County conducted by UCI’s Livable Cities Lab.
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Addressing disparities in agriculture program

Policy brief recommends health and safety improvements

Michael Méndez, professor of urban planning and public policy and Ph.D. student Carlo Chunga Pizarro studied Sonoma County’s Agriculture Pass program, which authorizes farm and vineyard employers to bring their workers into mandatory evacuation zones (considered hazardous to the general population) to continue agricultural work during a wildfire event. They make recommendations for significant improvements.
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New scholarship honors emeritus professor 

Rodolfo Torres ¡Sí Se Puede! Award established to help student activists

“I am honored to have this award named after me. The ¡Sí Se Puede! Award will go to a student who best challenges, provokes and contributes to the democratization of historically marginalized urban communities.” — Rodolfo Torres, emeritus professor of urban planning and public policy.
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June 11 & 15  

The School of Social Ecology Class of 2022 will be feted at ceremonies June 11 at Bren Events Center and at the universitywide ceremony June 15 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
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Social Ecology keynote address 

Award-winning journalist Gustavo Arellano will deliver the keynote address at the School of Social Ecology’s 8:30 a.m. commencement ceremony June 11.
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Student speakers

Psychological science majors Bayan Sbeini and Sophie Wood will deliver the student commencement speeches June 11 at the 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. ceremonies, respectively.
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Meet Coach Elizabeth Cauffman

Professor of psychological science kicks off new video series 

You know her as Professor Elizabeth Cauffman, creator of the successful Orange County Young Adult Court and president of the Society for Research on Adolescence, but did you know that for the past decade, she's been a soccer coach, guiding young girls to success on the field and in life? Watch our first video in our “People of Social Ecology” series to learn more about the human side of Professor Cauffman.
Transgressing Borders

New book by Ana Muñiz probes racist gang profiling

In her new book, Borderland Circuitry, Ana Muñiz, assistant professor of criminology, law and society, examines how politicians and law enforcement authorities use unreliable information from field interviews and informants to access and interpret data in a way as that casts immigrants and U.S.-born people of color as dangerous.
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Professor of the Year Golob

Brandon Golob, assistant professor of teaching in criminology, law and society, is the School of Social Ecology’s Professor of the Year for the second year in a row.
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Ford Fellow Pizarro 

Carlo Chunga Pizarro, Ph.D. student in urban and environmental planning and policy and recipient of a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship is focusing his study on mitigation practices in disaster planning.
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Ford Fellow Wiley 

Cameron Ross Wiley, a Ph.D. student in psychological science, has been awarded a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. He is studying the connection between psychological phenomena and physiological responses. 
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