April 2021

• • • Science Driving Solutions • • •

A model for meaningful family support

Million dollar grant supports research on family engagement among the incarcerated and correctional staff

Professors Nancy Rodriguez, Elizabeth Cauffman and Susan Turner have been awarded a $1.1 million grant from Arnold Ventures to conduct an expansive examination of family engagement among incarcerated persons and correctional staff, who are responsible for all aspects of family contact.
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Retraining workers for the new green economy

New report surveys participants in Los Angeles job training program

A new report, by Virginia Parks, professor and chair of urban planning and public policy, analyzes a union job training program in Los Angeles and outlines how to successfully move low-wage workers into stable, high-paying public sector jobs.
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Finding hope in strife

New book traces lives of people living in cities of conflict and violence

Compelling interviews of people living in places of war and conflict reveal their resilience and hope for healing in Professor Scott A. Bollens’ new book, “Bordered Cities and Divided Societies.” 
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Best book honors 

The International Studies Association is bestowing its Harold and Margaret Sprout Award on Michael Méndez, assistant professor of urban planning and public policy, for his book, “Climate Change from the Streets.”
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Ford Fellow  

Omar Pérez-Figueroa, a doctoral student in urban planning and public policy, who is comparing aqueducts in Puerto Rico in an effort to promote equity, has been awarded a Ford Fellowship.
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Latina excellence  

Yasmin Barrientos Kofman, a doctoral student in psychological science, has received a 2021 UCI Latino Excellence and Achievement Award. Her research targets the needs of women most at risk for stress-related disorders during pregnancy.
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Climate change and water  

Nícola Ulibarrí, assistant professor of urban planning and public policy, discusses how droughts and floods have shaped California’s approach to water and how better groundwater management might offer a solution for the future.
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Our most popular post on social media last month was this story about Ph.D. students Zayda Sorrell Medina (urban and environmental planning and policy) and Melody M. Moore (psychological science) who were awarded Chancellor’s Club fellowships.
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