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UCI Social Sciences E-News

Welcome to the January issue of the Social Sciences E-News

Upcoming Events

Physical Attractiveness and Social Interaction: Evidence from China

Cross-National Variations in the Criminal Regulation of Sex

Appreciating Complexity: Ethnic Diversity & Generalized Trust in the Melting Pot

Challenge of Sustainability and Implications for Mathematical Behavioral Science

A Couple of Things I Know About Improv from Hanging Out with Orators & Musicians

Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa

Trends in Informal Social Participation, 1974-2006

The Spirit of Democracy: The Global Democratic Boom, Recession, and Renewal

The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies

The Ghost in the Machine: Migrant Labor and the Homeland Security State

Color Coding in the Retina

Antimatter Without Antiparticles

Adaptive Systems and Mechanism Design

Alumni Career Series: Careers in Financial Services

Race and Equality in America

Primed to Hate? Local Political Milieux & Jewish Persecution in Occupied Poland

Ethnography by Design

The Politics of Private Development Aid

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Social Sciences
in the Media

Private funding plus variable tolls could help ease Missouri traffic congestion

Digging deep

Where's the money, honey?

Campus currents

This year's superstar flops

Study details the power of negative racial stereotypes

Refile China now - China grapples with new social safety net

Minimum wage lowers earnings, produces unemployment

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A sense of service

Undergraduate teaches others about the importance of giving back

Evan Clark, second year political science major, isn't waiting on the world to change - she's been out trying to change it since the age of seven. Back then, it was collecting canned food and money for a homeless shelter in Mariposa County near the small ranch she called home for nearly a year. She has since organized and taken part in everything from mentoring, tutoring and assistance programs for the young, the sick and the elderly to focusing her efforts on environmental initiatives through recycling and neighborhood clean-up programs.

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Reaching out

Jerry Nguyen, biological sciences undergrad and Jumpstart corps member, expands education opportunities for children at home and abroad

"Anh! Anh!" The greetings of the Vietnamese children - meaning both "mister" and "older brother" - from inside the small, dirt floored school in Long An, Vietnam brought both a smile to Jerry Nguyen's face and a change in his life's direction. Last year, the fourth year biological sciences major and Jumpstart corps member travelled to Vietnam with a volunteer medical outreach program. While there, he and others learned about medicinal practices in the third world country and visited schools and orphanages to pass out donations and scholarship money collected throughout the year. It was the latter experience, coupled with his prior work in Jumpstart, he says, that really hit home.

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Blurring the lines

Sociologist and Fulbright scholar Jennifer Lee explores fading lines of race in the U.S.

The 2000 U.S. Census marked the first time in the comprehensive survey's history that participants had an opportunity to identify themselves as belonging to multiple races. The change, says sociology associate professor Jennifer Lee, reflects the growing impact of immigration and interracial marriage on identity within the United States. Recognized as a 2008-09 Fulbright scholar, Lee traveled to Japan over the summer where she discussed the future of race in America in her keynote address at Japan's Nagoya American Studies Summer Seminar.

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Study finds California Enterprise Zone Program ineffective at creating new jobs

Findings appear online with the National Bureau of Economics Research

According to a new study, California's Enterprise Zone Program has no measurable effect on new job creation for businesses located within zone boundaries. "Creating jobs is the top priority of the Enterprise Zone Program," says David Neumark, UCI economics professor and co-author of the study along with Jed Kolko of the Public Policy Institute of California. "Based on its inability to meet its key objective, we find that the Enterprise Zone Program is ineffective."

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SPOTLIGHT EVENT - Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa

Friday & Saturday, January 16-17, 2009
UC Irvine Student Center, Doheny Beach Rooms B, C, D

The UC Irvine Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies and UCLA James S. Coleman African Studies Center present a two day conference to bring together scholars, technical experts and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations to assess how humanitarianism is imagined and practiced in Africa. Read On...

SPOTLIGHT EVENT - Adaptive Systems and Mechanism Design

Friday-Sunday, January 23-25, 2009
Social Science Plaza A, Room 2112

A need common to several disciplines, ranging from political science, economics, to computer science, is to understand how a system of interaction, rewards, etc. can be created that will accomplish a desired outcome: this is an objective of mechanism design. Closely related is the need to understand how biological and other systems adapt to new circumstances: this is the area of adaptive systems. This interdisciplinary workshop will consider all of these issues from different perspectives. Read On...

SPOTLIGHT EVENT - Alumni Career Series: Careers in Financial Services

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 3:30 pm
UC Irvine Student Center, Moss Cove Room A

This month's event will feature alumni and community members working in the financial services industry. Panelists will talk with students about their personal career experiences, highlighting the paths that guided them to their current positions, and offering words of advice on how to get a start in the financial services sector.

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SPOTLIGHT EVENT - Race and Equality in America

Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 3:30 pm
UC Irvine University Club Dining Room

The Center for the Study of Democracy and Department of Sociology present the Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture and the first annual Robin M. Williams Jr. Lecture featuring Troy Duster, Professor, New York University and Past President, American Sociological Association Dianne Pinderhughes, Professor, University of Notre Dame and President, American Political Science Association. Read On...

More Headlines

UCI's mock trial team argues its way to a 4th place finish in home invitational
UCI's nationally ranked mock trial team is off to an impressive start for the 2008-09 season, boasting top 10 finishes in three out of four competitions thus far

UCI celebrates 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
On December 10, UC Irvine's human rights program hosted a teach-in to recognize the 60th anniversary of the United Nation's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Fraternal instincts
Political science alumnus Mitchell Winans goes to Washington - after a stellar UCI career that earned him a Living Our Values Award

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