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Social Ecology E-newsletter Spring 2016
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Science driving solutions
to social and environmental problems

UPCOMING EVENTS
August 9: Webinar for Metropolitan Futures Initiative Quarterly Reports
September 28: A Curious Case of Salivary Bioscience
October 7: Race and Policing - Defining the Problem and Developing Solutions
NEWS

Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) releases two new reports on SoCal employment


The Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) released two new research reports that reveal a majority of jobs and job growth continue to exist outside of traditional downtown areas. Also, employment growth and decline, known as business churning, has positive impact on some areas while producing a negative impact on others.

To provide further insight on the findings and to answer questions, the MFI research team will  host a webinar on Tuesday, August 9th at 11 a.m. PST. An RSVP is required.
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Arrested Development


A 9th grader charged with assault for a spitball. A 12 year old sentenced to life in prison. These are the types of cases dealing with adolescent development and juvenile justice that Professor Elizabeth Cauffman is focusing her career on. She asks the fundamental question: are adolescents different from adults in ways that require different treatment under the law? In her recent TEDxUCIrvine talk, Cauffman discusses how we can approach this question fairly within our society.
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Spit personality


Douglas Granger, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, studies saliva and has found that it contains a wealth of information.  A fraction of a drop of spit can be used to measure stress, decipher relationship dynamics, predict heart trouble and even help football players train more effectively, he says: “Laced with hormones, enzymes, DNA and other substances, it can reveal almost everything found in a blood test, but without the needles.”

To learn more about Granger's research, join us on Wednesday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m. for a special presentation and reception. An RSVP is required.
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WELCOME
Nancy Guerra is the new dean of the School of Social Ecology, effective June 1, 2016. Guerra joins the Social Ecology faculty from the University of Delaware, where she served as associate provost for international programs and director of the Institute for Global Studies and the Global Research Consortium. Guerra looks forward to being a part of the School's unique mission to drive solutions through interdisciplinary science and engage not only our local community, but also our global community through new initiatives.
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ACCOLADES

Gottfredson named Chancellor's Professor


Michael R. Gottfredson, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, has been named a UCI Chancellor's Professor. This title recognizes Gottfredson as an exceptional scholar who has demonstrated unusual academic merit and has high promise for continued achievement.
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Martin named a Hellman Fellow


Elizabeth A. Martin, Assistant Professor in Psychology and Social Behavior, was named a Hellman Fellow for her research on the association between mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and emotional and social dysfunction.
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Reiter receives UCI Law Community Pro Bono Award


Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, received this year's UCI Law Community Pro Bono Award for her work with UCI Law students in helping the underserved by launching the Clemency Project.
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ALUMNI NEWS

Eloy Ortiz Oakley selected to lead California community colleges


Social Ecology alumnus Eloy Ortiz Oakley '96, has been selected as the new chancellor of California's community college system. Oakley will become the first Latino chancellor of the community college system, the nation's largest higher education system, when he assumes his duties in December.
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Shari McMahan is the first woman provost at CSUSB


Social Ecology alumna Dr. Shari McMahan B.A. '84, Ph.D. '92, has been named the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), the first woman in CSUSB history to lead the faculty.
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Charles Jock qualifies for Rio


Charles Jock '12  recently qualified for the Rio Olympics in the 800 meters. Jock was running second to last with 200-meters to go but came around the corner with a burst of speed to finish third with a time of 1:45.48. He is the first UCI track and field alumnus to earn an Olympics' berth since Steve Scott, a '78 Social Ecology grad, qualified in 1988.
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GET INVOLVED

T.A.S.T.E


The School of Social Ecology seeks alumni to participate in our “Take a Student to Eat” (T.A.S.T.E.) Program, designed to give students and alumni an opportunity to make meaningful connections. Alumni and students are matched to share a meal and conversation about their career advice, interests and Anteater experiences.
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NEW ON THE BOOKSHELF

Gang Transitions and Transformations in an International Context


How do youth gangs form and how do they change over time? Why do youth join street gangs, and why do they leave? With this knowledge, how can we foster effective interventions for gang problems? Professor Cheryl Maxson explores these key questions in her latest co-edited book Gang Transitions and Transformations in an International Context, just released by Springer.
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