Social Ecology E-newsletter April 2017
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Personal adversity builds extreme political views

Stressful events are a catalyst for polarized beliefs

Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, led a study illustrating that people who experience adversity are likely to become more extreme in their existing political beliefs. The research, recently published online in the journal Social Psychological & Personality Science, used data from the three-year Societal Implications Study, which involved a nationally representative sample of 1,613 Americans, ranging in age from 18 to over 90, across a wide variety of economic, educational, religious, ethnic and political categories.
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New report by National Registry of Exonerations

Data shows African Americans are more likely to be wrongfully convicted

African Americans are more likely to be wrongfully convicted of murder, rape and drug crimes than white people, and those who are exonerated spend more time in prison before they are released, according to a recent report by the National Registry of Exonerations. The Registry is the internationally recognized repository of information and research on exonerations of innocent defendants convicted of crimes in the U.S.
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Ranked #19 among public universities

Graduate program in Psychology and Social Behavior

The graduate program in Psychology and Social Behavior has been named the No. 19 graduate psychology program in the country by U.S News and World Report among public universities and No. 36 overall. 
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April 11: Film Screening and Panel Discussion - Chinatown
April 12: Lost in Translation: Communicating Science to Policymakers
April 12: UCI Giving Day
April 19: Post-Baccalaureate in Psychology and Social Behavior – Info Session
April 19: Spring Quarter Speaker Series: Professor Eva Kimonis
April 20: The Local Water Transition for California Cities
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UCI Cycle & Run for Cures

The Anti-Cancer Challenge is where the end of cancer begins. Join the School of Social Ecology team on June 10-11, 2017 at Angel Stadium to ride or run for a cancer free world and fund raise for lifesaving cancer research. To learn more, contact Jason Creque at
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Giving Day - April 12

On April 12, members of the UCI community will join together for an extraordinary day of giving back. The goal is simple: to inspire UCI family and friends everywhere to come together, demonstrate their pride in UCI, and provide essential funding to support Anteater students. You can help spread the word about Giving Day by becoming an ambassador.
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Memory in Children with Down Syndrome

Associate Professor Angela Lukowski studies memory development in infants and children with Down syndrome. She wants to understand how early memory abilities impact the extent to which children benefit from intervention efforts with the ultimate goal of identifying the complex conditions under which children with Down syndrome best remember and apply learned information.
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NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Jared Celniker and Jose Torres recently received Graduate Research Fellowship Program scholarships from the National Science Foundation. They will receive $34,000 annual stipends and a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to further their education and research.
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Chancellor's Club Fellowship

Janice Phung, graduate student in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, received the 2017 Chancellor's Club Fellowship to support her research on how mixed martial arts training can improve social communication skills in children with autism.
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Cities and Social Movements

In a new book on immigrant rights movements, Professor Walter Nicholls and his co-author at the University of Amsterdam, Justus Uitermark, examine how attempts to enforce national borders often trigger resistance. The book, titled “Cities and Social Movements: Immigrant Rights Activism in the US, France, and the Netherlands 1970-2015,” compares immigrant rights movements across the three countries to see how small-scale resistance sometimes morphs into large-scale, sustained, system-shaking movements – and why it doesn’t.

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Inside the hole: what happens to the mind in isolation
Keramet Reiter, NPR's Hidden Brain

The reason sanctuary churches go public with immigrant stories
Susan Bibler Coutin, NPR's Code Switch

Police playing politics with criminal justice measures
Charis Kubrin and Carroll Seron, The Orange County Register
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