Social Ecology E-newsletter Spring 2016
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Granger to join Social Ecology faculty

Douglas A. Granger, Ph.D., will join the School of Social Ecology faculty, effective June 1, 2016. He was hired under the prestigious UCI High Impact Hire Program, which seeks to bring together clusters of faculty in research areas critical to the needs of the university and nation. Granger is a psychoneuroendocrinology researcher who is well known for his development of methods related to saliva collection and analysis and the theoretical and statistical integration of salivary measures into developmental research.
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Releasing low-level offenders did not unleash a crime wave in California

In 2011, California embarked on one of the biggest and most controversial criminal justice experiments in history, by passing the Public Safety Realignment Act (AB 109). This required the transfer of 33,000 inmates from state prisons to county supervision. Professors Charis E. Kubrin and Carroll Seron co-edited the recent issue of The Annals of the American Academy of Political & Social Science, which offers the first systematic, scientific analysis of the Public Safety Realignment Act (AB 109) and answers the urgent question: Is California becoming more dangerous as prisons downsize?
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In Memoriam: Carol Kupers Whalen

Professor Emerita Carol Kupers Whalen passed away on January 19, 2016. Whalen was a founding faculty member of the Program in Social Ecology in 1970. When the Program in Social Ecology became a School, she served as the first chair of the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior from 1989-98 and held an appointment as a professor until her retirement in 2011. Colleagues, friends and family celebrated her life with a memorial service on April 15, 2016 at the University Club.
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Should your art send you to prison?

Rap lyrics are increasingly turning up as evidence in courtrooms across the country – a concern Professor Charis E. Kubrin has publicized in op-eds, media interviews, a TEDx talk, and in the paper “Rap on Trial.” Her research has uncovered hundreds of these cases, in which prosecutors argue that the lyrics are either autobiographical confessions of crime or evidence of a defendant’s criminal motive. The practice of using rap lyrics as evidence raises questions about artistic freedom, freedom of speech and the right of all citizens to receive a fair trial.
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May 4: Agroecology Works! Toward Resilient, Productive Food and Farming
May 5 and 6: Global Food Summit
May 6: Toward a Sustainable 21st Century series – Basic Science, Law and Food Equity
May 10: Tracing the Los Angeles Food Justice Movement
May 12: Lauds and Laurels
May 12: School Shooting Rampages: A Columbine-Inspired and Anger-Fueled Contagion
May 12: How the Sony Walkman Changed the World
May 12: Engage UCI
May 26: Behind the Scenes: Translating Research into Policy and Practice
June 1: Universities without Walls, Communities without Ceilings
June 10: Social Ecology Commencement
Doug Colby has been hired as the new Senior Director of Development in the School of Social Ecology. The current director, Mickey Shaw, will be retiring this May after five years of dedicated service to the School. Doug has over 16 years of experience in higher education fundraising and previously held positions at USC, California State University, Fullerton, Western University of Health Sciences, and Chapman University. He is a long time resident of Orange County and understands the important role the University of California, Irvine and the School of Social Ecology play in the vitality of our region and beyond.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Dissertation Research Fellowship

Anjuli Verma, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, received the prestigious 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Dissertation Research Fellowship. Verma’s dissertation research focuses on the causes and effects of deinstitutionalization and decarceration in California, with a focus on legal reform and organizational regulation and compliance processes.
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National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

The following students have been honored with fellowships from the National Science Foundation.
  • Brendon Butler (Department of Psychology and Social Behavior)
  • Elinor Flynn (Department of Psychology and Social Behavior)
  • Cortney Simmons (Department of Psychology and Social Behavior)
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Lauds and Laurels Awards

The School of Social Ecology will have three recipients honored at the UCI Alumni Association Lauds and Laurels Ceremony on May 12, 2016.
  • Jennifer Friend '95 - School of Social Ecology’s Distinguished Alumna Award
  • Cody Lee - UCI Outstanding Undergraduate Student
  • John Sommerhauser '77 -  UCI Staff Achievement Award
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Views by Two

Community members, faculty and students gathered at UCI on April 19, 2016 for the Center for Psychology and Law’s Views by Two Speaker Series. This event featured the Honorable Maria Hernandez, Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court in Orange County, and UCI Law Professor Jane Stoever. Together they spoke about the issue of domestic violence and dependency. They provided practitioner and researcher viewpoint, in hopes to start a dialogue to bridge the gap between scientific research and policy.
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California Modern, Irvine Style

Professors Sanjoy Mazumdar and Daniel Stokols, along with graduate student Cecilia Kim, presented “What is Urban Planning?” on April 21, 2016 at the UCI Student Center Gallery. The presentation was in conjunction with the California Modern, Irvine Style Symposium, which celebrated campus architecture, city planning, and the unique legacy of William Pereira.
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UCI Night at the Angels

On April 23, 2016, nearly 3,700 alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members attended the UCI Night at the Angels. The evening featured pre-game activities in the UCI Village. Vice Chancellor Thomas Parham, UCI Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Social Ecology alumnus, threw the first pitch.

Gift to enhance undergraduate education

The Wells Fargo Foundation recently made a generous gift to the newly established Dean's Excellence Fund to Enhance Undergraduate Education. This gift will ensure the sustainability of important programs and initiatives such as Immersive Field Study, undergraduate research assistants, research collaboration, honors students colloquia, and student teacher mentors. This fund will increase and nurture a supportive environment to help students realize and develop their unique potential. To learn more about the Dean's Excellence Fund to Enhance Undergraduate Education, contact Doug Colby at or (949) 824-0383.

Exiled Home

Susan Bibler Coutin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is the author of Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence. Published in May 2016 by Duke University Press, Coutin recounts the experiences of Salvadoran children who migrated with their families to the United States during the 1980–1992 civil war. Coutin examines how they sought to overcome the trauma and how the violence associated with migration can be countered through practices that recuperate historical memory while also reclaiming national membership.
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