The School of Social Ecology began 2022 by welcoming a new dean and, over the days and weeks that followed, celebrated events, accolades, research accomplishments, community engagement and more that reinforce our motto, “Science Driving Solutions.”
The National Registry of Exonerations – a collaboration of three universities that is housed in the Newkirk Center for Science & Society in the School of Social Ecology – this year surpasses 3,200 wrongful convictions documented in the online archive of all known exonerations in the U.S. since 1989. Together they form one overpowering story of injustice.
Andrew Yang, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who now co-chairs the independent Forward Party with Republican Christine Todd Whitman, is the inaugural speaker in the School of Social Ecology’s Leading the Change Distinguished Speaker Series.
Change-making is also on the mind of the School of Social Ecology’s June commencement speaker, Gustavo Arellano. “Change is your vocation,” the Los Angeles Times columnist tells the new graduates. “You have dedicated yourselves to dive into the depths of uncertainty and emerge with answers to take on our ever-shifting existence.”
The UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, doctoral student Kelsey Morgan, postdoctoral scholar Angela Robinson and Blum Director Richard Matthew organize a July appearance by John Cotton Richmond. The attorney, diplomat and former U.S. Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons tells the luncheon crowd that ending human trafficking requires more academic research.
As part of ChangeMakers’ Daybreak Dialogues, George Tita, director of the Livable Cities Lab, and Laura Archuleta, CEO of Jamboree Housing, present “A House, a Home, a Hope: The OC Housing Shortage is More Than Just a Homelessness Issue.” They share with a November morning audience in The Cove at UCI Beall Applied Innovation results from an important and timely study showing the real effect of affordable housing on property values and crime.
Alumnus Maurice Sanchez becomes the first person of color to be appointed an associate justice on the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division 3.
Graduate student Justine Bautista presents her idea to create a mental health self care kit at the MTV Mental Health Youth Action Forum at the White House.
Fudge Scholar Andrew Norman beats cancer twice and completes his bachelor’s degree.
Former Long Beach City Council member Jeannine Pearce, who is pursuing her Ph.D., is studying the political ecology of the labor movement and transitioning fossil fuel industries.
Graduate student Veronica Valencia Gonzalez wins the American Society of Criminology Graduate Student Paper Award and Western Society of Criminology’s 2023 Student Paper Competition for her work on California’s sanctuary policies and Latina immigrant survivors of intimate partner violence.
Graduate student Carlo Chunga Pizarro, recipient of a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, is focusing his study on mitigation practices in disaster planning.
Graduate student and Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow Cameron Ross Wiley is studying the connection between psychological phenomena and physiological responses.
Graduate student Sara O’Connor wins the Etel Solingen Award for Outstanding Paper in International Relations, which recognizes her work on transitioning states.
GRANTS AND DONATIONS
Faculty members receive $23.2 million in grants and contracts. The biggest grant — $10 million — is awarded to Professor Elizabeth Cauffman to expand her Orange County Young Adult Court study.
More than 150 donors contribute a total of $3.6 million to support student scholarships and faculty projects.
The National Institutes of Health awards nearly $4.7 million over five years to support research teams on a project, designed by associate professor Stephen Schueller, that combines peer support with the use of a digital platform to better serve the mental health needs of Latino patients with limited English proficiency.
Our scholars are cited in more than 250 news stories in national publications and media outlets for their expertise on everything from awe to climate change to criminal justice to psychological trauma.
In her book, Borderland Circuitry, Assistant Professor Ana Muñiz examines how politicians and law enforcement authorities use unreliable information from field interviews and informants to access and interpret data in a way that casts immigrants and U.S.-born people of color as dangerous.