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April 2022

• • • Science Driving Solutions • • •

HIGHLIGHTS
Special event: May 3 Dean’s reception

Join us as we welcome Jon Gould, the School’s fifth dean

The School of Social Ecology invites you to a special reception for Dean Jon Gould. He will share his vision for the school and plans for its future May 3 from 5-7 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612. 
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Seeking justice through social media 

Students raise awareness of crimes of the state via TikTok

Students in Nicole Iturriaga’s “Crimes of the State” class made compelling videos on social media to raise awareness of myriad issues involving human rights. “You can get so much information in three minutes,” says the assistant professor of criminology, law and society.
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PrisonPandemic documents COVID-19 toll 

Project awarded $157,500 ACLC grant

With more than 63,000 reported cases of COVID-19 in California’s prisons, UCI’s PrisonPandemic project is telling what it’s been like for prisoners, their families and prison staff members. The project has collected and is sharing on its website more than 1,300 stories. And, a $157,500 Sustaining Public Engagement Grant from the American Council of Learned Societies has been awarded to continue the project.
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Psychology shines in latest U.S. News rankings

Discipline is 14th among public universities

“We are delighted, but hardly surprised, to see the ranking for psychology at UCI continue to climb. Their peers nationwide recognize the groundbreaking research our faculty are pursuing, and with the addition of the new clinical Ph.D. program, the Department of Psychological Science will continue to soar. We’re now a top-15 program among public universities, and we expect to be in the top 10 in the years ahead.” — Dean Jon Gould
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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT
Amanda Geller

CLS assistant professor studies police, race and inequalities

“One of the great things about being at UCI is the support I have for this work and working with colleagues who are also asking hard questions and dealing with the complexity of doing good social science in service of really important public policy questions.” — Amanda Geller, assistant professor of criminology, law and society
AWARDS & APPOINTMENTS
Faculty receive relief grants

UCI’s Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor has awarded a total of $181,661 to a dozen School of Social Ecology faculty members as part of its Interim COVID-19 Research Recovery Program.
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President Cauffman

Elizabeth Cauffman, professor of psychological science, has been named president of the Society for Research on Adolescence. The Society advances understanding of adolescence and enhances the wellbeing of youth.
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Early career kudos

Kate Ryan Kuhlman, assistant professor of psychological science, has been selected to receive the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Early Stage Investigator Award for being an exceptional early career scientist.
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WHAT MATTERS TO SILVER
Professor shares life story

“I absolutely love my job. ... My vice and my passion is my work.” — Roxane Cohen Silver,  vice provost for academic planning and institutional research and distinguished professor of psychological science
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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
Deyanira Nevarez Martinez

Ph.D. graduate lands assistant professorship

“I’m a first-generation college student, I’m a first-generation middle school student and high school student, and I am the mother of two young children. At UCI, I found a very supportive group of colleagues and mentors.” — Deyanira Nevarez Martinez, 2021 Ph.D. in urban and environmental planning and policy and assistant professor of urban and regional planning at Michigan State University
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