September 2022

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What is social ecology?

Dean Jon Gould explains the school’s mission 

In 1992, the University of California Regents formally approved UCI’s School of Social Ecology, the first of its kind in the U.S. But what, exactly, is social ecology? In this episode of UCI Podcast, Dean Jon Gould breaks down what is being done in Social Ecology’s three departments, how they collaborate on programs to solve social problems in the community, and why social ecology Anteaters can see how they can affect change before they even graduate.
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Research team finds positivity is not equally protective against illness across races

Study supports consideration of cultural factors for health interventions

Research has consistently shown that positive psychological factors are linked to better physical health, including increased resistance to infectious illnesses such as the flu and the common cold. A new study from Sarah Pressman, professor of psychological science, and doctoral students Cameron Wiley and Kennedy Blevins examines the role that race plays in this connection, comparing the results of African American and European American participants in a series of landmark experimental studies.
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Studying inequities in drinking water

Study supports consideration of cultural factors for health interventions

With a $350,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers led by Maura Allaire, assistant professor of urban planning and public policy, are launching a new project to illuminate governance failures that cause inequities in drinking water and public health.
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Dean Jon Gould’s 10 tips for college success

Author of How to Succeed in College provides sage advice

Dean Jon Gould wrote the book, How to Succeed in College (While Really Trying): A Professor’s Inside Guide. In it, he provides tips for students looking for ways to achieve all their higher education goals. We highlight 10 tips in this story, including: “Don't be afraid to ask for help. Whether it's because a class is confusing, you're having difficulties in your personal life, or the transition to college is challenging, there are plenty of people here prepared to help you.”
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Four exonerees discuss wrongful convictions

The National Registry of Exonerations, an online archive of all known exonerations in the United States, is a collaboration of three universities and is housed in the Newkirk Center for Science & Society in the School of Social Ecology. Some exonerees have begun identifying themselves by their “exoneree number,” a creative way of choosing how to identify themselves after years, and sometimes decades, of being identified by prisoner numbers. This video features four exonerees telling their experiences of wrongful conviction and incarceration and what being listed on the Registry means to them.
Liquid Courage

It takes an informed village to successfully open a water reclamation, replenishment or desalination project these days. That’s the main takeaway from The Governance of Water Innovations: To Quench a Thirst, a new book by David Feldman, professor of urban planning & public policy and director of Water UCI.
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President Jenness

Valerie Jenness, distinguished professor of criminology, law and society, has been elected president of the American Society of Criminology. She will begin her time in office as president-elect in November and take over as president in 2023.
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Thomas Crawford

Thomas J. Crawford, emeritus faculty member in psychological science, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 9. He was 88. His research focused on the groundless motivations for racism and stereotypes, especially institutional racism.
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Social Ecology’s commitment to solving social problems is measured by our groundbreaking research and innovative programs and by our alumni. Our alumni work to make healthy, just and sustainable communities for everyone. Help us to measure your impact by participating in the 2022 Alumni Survey. You can share some of your fondest memories, tell us how you want to be involved, and pass on a kernel of wisdom to the next generation of Anteaters.
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Sonoma County’s heated battle over wildfire protections for farmworkers has ended
Michael MéndezSan Francisco Chronicle
Bi-partisan proposal would provide compensation to the wrongfully imprisoned
National Registry of Exonerations, The Philadelphia Tribune
Should Rap Lyrics Be Admissible in Court?
Charis E. KubrinSmithsonian Magazine
The Perks of Positivity May Depend on Race and Culture
Sarah PressmanFuturity
Their Bodies Age But Seniors Have Higher Emotional Well-Being – Here’s Why
Susan Turk CharlesGood News Network
Lost your sense of time during the pandemic? You’re not alone
Roxane Cohen SilverDaily Pilot
California Bill Could Restrict the Use of Rap Lyrics in Court
Charis E. KubrinThe New York Times
Why four scientists spent a year saying no
Nicola UlibarriNature
Humbled by Looking Up at the Heavens
Paul Piff, The Wall Street Journal
Study Examines "Disintegration" of Time During COVID-19 Pandemic
Roxane Cohen Silver, Technology Networks
Storms Expected To Continue Flooding Southern States For Days
David FeldmanNewsy
'There's simply not enough water': Colorado River cutbacks ripple across Arizona
David FeldmanArizona Republic
One S.F. neighborhood added just 0.2% of city’s housing units in past five years
Nicholas MarantzSan Francisco Chronicle
Video Shows 100 Looters Attacking a 7-Eleven in Los Angeles
Charis KubrinBest Life
YouTubers have moved from true-crime storytelling to trying to solve cases. and it's led to a complicated relationship with police
Brandon GolobBusiness Insider
Parents check a new back-to-school list: mental health and academic help, COVID vigilance
Jessica BorelliLos Angeles Times
‘Celebrate it’: UC Irvine student and bus driver goes viral with graduation celebration
Jaylen DavisKTLA
Renters are largely left out of the eco-home movement, but solutions exist
Michael MéndezThe Orange County Register
'Inflation Reduction Act' Would Help LA’s Hardest Hit Climate Communities
Michael MéndezLAist
Water Week: Access to clean drinking water
Maura AllaireNPR
Even journalists are avoiding bad news. How do we change media?
Roxane Cohen-SilverKCRW
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