October 2020

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Meet the new faculty

Four join School of Social Ecology's faculty

The School of Social Ecology is excited to welcome four new faculty members this fall. They are: Jessica Debats Garrison, assistant professor of teaching of urban planning and public policy; Amanda Geller, and Miguel Quintana-Navarrete, assistant professors of criminology, law and society; and DeWayne P. Williams, assistant professor of psychological science.
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Increasing voter registration and voting

Voting project aimed at people affected by criminal justice system

“People who have been system impacted — and especially, people with incarceration histories — often have very low voting rates and there is not a lot of research understanding how to increase political participation.” — Naomi Sugie, associate professor of criminology, law and society.
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Misconduct to blame for most wrongful convictions

NRE report finds official misconduct contributed to false criminal convictions of 54 percent of innocent people

The National Registry of Exonerations' comprehensive report underscores the need for more discipline and professionalism by police and prosecutors.  
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How to survive the 2020 election season

Tips for navigating fake news, managing stress, avoiding confrontations

Psychological science faculty members Jessica Borelli and Peter Ditto offer helpful hints on how to survive the 2020 election with our friends, family and sanity still intact.
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Confronting inequalities

Currie describes dimensions of racial disparities in violence in America

“The ongoing crisis of ‘everyday’ violence has nearly disappeared as a focus of social action and public policy. Too often, it’s become a part of the taken-for-granted landscape of urban life. That neglect isn’t due to a lack of knowledge about the extent of the problem or about its causes. We’ve understood the roots of racial disparities in violence for generations.” — Elliott Currie, professor of criminology, law and society and author of "A Peculiar Indifference"
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Graduate students win national best paper competition

Doctoral candidates Christopher Contreras and Narae Lee won this year’s Gene Carte Student Paper Competition of the American Society of Criminology. 
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Oct. 15: Toward Social Justice: New Books by Latinx Scholars
Oct. 22: Manageable or Wicked Problems? Covid 19, Viral Contaminants, and Protection of our Water Supply
Oct. 27: Overview of the California Water Resilience Portfolio
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America’s Refusal to Address the Roots of Violence
Elliott Currie, New York Times

As summer protests cool off, racial justice activists consider ‘how to fight differently’
Emily Owens, PBS News Hour

Can the Public Handle the Truth about Covid?
Roxane Cohen Silver, KCBS Radio

The Problem With Concerns About 'Over-Population'
Michael Méndez, Outside/In

The Surprising Power of Seeking a Daily Dose of Awe
Paul Piff, Psychology Today
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Social Media Buzz

Our most popular post on social media last month was this story about the new prison B.A. completion program, Leveraging Inspiring Futures Through Educational Degrees, led by Keramet Reiter, associate professor of criminology, law and society.
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