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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.