Social Ecology E-newsletter December 2016
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• • • Science Driving Solutions • • •

January 12: Plastic Ocean Art Exhibit
January 25-26: Spit Camp
February 25: Homecoming

John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science

Loftus is recognized for her courage in promoting science

Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, was awarded the international John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science. The prize is awarded for courage in promoting science and evidence on a matter of public interest, despite facing difficulty and hostility in doing so. Professor Loftus received death threats, lawsuits and a campaign to have her fired, all because of her research on human memory.
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Fixing solitary confinement in American prisons

Op-Ed by Assistant Professor Keramet Reiter

Hundreds of prisoners live in solitary confinement in Los Angeles County jails. On average, they spend at least one year in a cell the size of a wheelchair-accessible bathroom stall, leaving only a few times a week, one at a time, for showers or exercise. Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society, shares potential solitary confinement reform ideas in an op-ed for the L.A. Times.
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Planning, Policy, and Design Distinguished Fellows

The Department of Planning, Policy, and Design is pleased to welcome the fourth class of Distinguished Fellows for the 2016-2017 academic year. The program connects senior planning and policy leaders to graduate students and alumni in urban planning. The Fellows include:
  • America Bracho - President and CEO, Latino Health Access (2nd Year Fellow)
  • Randal Jackson - President, PlaceWorks
  • Art Leahy - Chief Executive Officer, Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink)
  • Tony Salazar - President, West Coast Operations, McCormack Baron Salazar (2nd Year Fellow)

Center for Psychology and Law Distinguished Fellows

The Center for Psychology and Law is honored to welcome the 2016-2017 class of Distinguished Fellows. The Fellows will contribute their time and expertise by serving on the Center's Advisory Board, providing professional mentorship to graduate students, and participating in a special policy briefing. The Fellows include:
  • Joseph Dunn - Former California State Senator
  • Kate Corrigan - Attorney at Law, Corrigan, Welbourn, Stokke

New Associate Dean for International Programs

Richard Matthew, Professor of Planning, Policy and Design, has been appointed as the School's first Associate Dean for International Programs. In this new role, Matthew will expand the School's global reach through field study, hosting international scholars, and developing graduate student study abroad opportunities.

Paul and Frances Baker Dickman Graduate Award for Community Engagement

Brooke Jenkins and Janice Phung, graduate students in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior are the 2016 recipients of the Paul and Frances Baker Dickman Graduate Research Award for Community Engagement.
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Public Impact Fellowships

The Public Impact Fellowships support academically excellent students whose research demonstrates the potential to significantly improve or enrich the lives of people in California and beyond. Congratulations to this year's recipients from the School of Social Ecology: Adam Dunbar, Natalie Pifer and Nicole Sherman.
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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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Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court

As a result of the War on Drugs, the number of drug cases prosecuted each year in federal courts has increased fivefold since 1980. In her new book Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court, Professor Mona Lynch takes an in-depth look at the considerable discretion federal prosecutors have in drug law enforcement and proposes a broad overhaul of the federal criminal justice system to restore the balance of power.
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Trump's immigration plan could vastly expand CA's private detention
Charis Kubrin, 89.3 KPCC

Debate rages over quality of science in crime labs
William Thompson, The Columbus Dispatch

Preventing mental illness with a stress vaccine
Sarah Pressman, The Atlantic
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