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May 2021

• • • Science Driving Solutions • • •

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School launches Livable Cities Lab

New lab addresses issues of housing, public safety, equity 

George E. Tita, professor of criminology, law and society and urban planning and public policy and director of the newly launched Livable Cities Lab, says the research center is dedicated to addressing three important issues: providing dignified housing for all, creating and maintaining safe communities and promoting social enterprise as a way for faculty and students to see their research and ideas contribute to the greater good. 
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Do immigrants bring crime?

Professor Kubrin says the answer is “no”

Charis Kubrin, professor of criminology, law and society, explores the impact immigration policy has on crime and other outcomes. She recommends policy makers consider commissioning studies before implementing laws. “Do I think we should have harsh, restrictive and exclusionary policy aimed at immigrants? No, and I might have personal reasons for that but mainly it’s because the research doesn't show that such policy actually helps public safety,” she says.
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Investigating opioid crisis in prison

Study supported by contract from State Correctional Health Care Services

The Center for Evidence-Based Corrections has received a California Correctional Health Care Services contract to examine its Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment program. “The CEBC will conduct a process evaluation to determine whether the program has created a rehabilitative environment that improves safety for inmates and staff,” says Susan Turner, professor of criminology, law and society and CEBC director.
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PODCAST
Pandemic parenting advice

J. Zoe Klemfuss, assistant professor of psychological science, was a featured guest on an episode of “Talking with Kids,” a podcast of Pandemic Parenting. She provides tips on addressing difficult events.
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AWARDS
Ford Fellows

Kennedy Blevins and Veronica Ramirez, both Ph.D. students in psychological science, have been awarded Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships. The honor comes with a total of $81,000 in stipends for each student.
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Honor Roll 

Victoria Basolo, professor of urban planning and public policy, has been inducted into the Urban Affairs Association Honor Roll. The honor roll recognizes impactful service leaders.
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UC President’s Postdoc Fellow 

Esmeralda Ruby Garcia, a doctoral student in psychological science, has been named a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow. The year-long fellowship provides about $60,000 in salary and research funds, plus benefits.
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Our most popular post on social media last month was on this report by Virginia Parks, professor and chair of urban planning and public policy, analyzing a union job training program in Los Angeles that moves low-wage workers into stable, high-paying public sector jobs. 
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