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UCI Social Sciences E-News

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

Upcoming Events

When Does Aggregation Reduce Uncertainty Aversion?

Gender Equality in Academia: The Pipelines Problem & Coping with Discrimination

Place Identities and the Production of Inequality at the Border

The Politics of Crisis: 4th Annual Comparative Literature Graduate Conference

Coalition-Proof Trade and the Friedman Rule in the Lagos-Wright Model

The Structure of Education and National Income Inequality

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox to Deliver Public Lecture at UCI

Introduction to Financial Awareness/Budgeting

Filing and Minimizing Your Taxes

Applying Physiologically-Motivated Models of Auditory Processing to Speech

Deterring "Rogue States": Do the Old Rules Apply?

Hilbert, Godel, Instrumentalism and Inductive Reasons

Narratives of Forgiveness: Establishing A Research Plan

Leveraging Host Governments in War: Lessons from Vietnam and Iraq

Developmental Regulation Across the Life Span: Individual Agency and Society

Effective Communication Workshop for Social Sciences Graduate Students

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

A Mathematical Foundation for Adaptation, Learning, Discovery, and Invention

UC-Cuba Graduate Student Workshop

The Power of the People Revisited

Celebrate UCI 2009 - UCI's 31st Annual Open House

The Market Response to the Toy Recalls of 2007

Effective Communication Workshop for Social Sciences Undergraduate Students

General Education Models: Continuity and Change in the Undergraduate Curriculum

The State of the U.S. Economy

Behavioral Economics and Conflicts of Interest

Regional Seas, Law, Policy, Effectiveness-Peacemaking?

The Electoral Sweet Spot: Low-Magnitude Proportional Electoral Systems

Alumni Career Series: Careers in Law

Design Limits and Dynamic Policy Analysis

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Social Sciences
in the Media

Mayor’s exit fuels debate

UC Irvine researchers study brain link to autism

Professors get grants to study specific part of brain

The illegal immigrant crime myth

Schwarzenegger drops in polls among both parties

For many Californians, state taxes offset stimulus credit

The Chinese migrant’s mindset

The shadow of depression

Xe returns to training roots after ’implosion in the swamp’

UCI prof objects to being named among best in the world

Scholars mull the ’paradox’ of immigrants

Toronto’s future as a financial capital

Obama calls AIG bonuses ’outrageous’

The shadow of depression

Whether to walk away: Housing’s moral minefield

Anti-illegal immigrant groups launch Mexico tourism boycott

A new color scheme

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2009 Lauds & Laurels recipients in Social Sciences

Five honorees from Social Sciences are among this year’s group of 18 award winners  
The UCI Alumni Association has named Jim Danziger, political science research professor, as the recipient of the 2009 Lauds & Laurels’ Extraordinarius Award. The award, presented since 1971, is the association’s highest honor and recognizes those individuals who have prominently contributed to and supported the advancement of UCI’s fundamental missions of teaching, research and public service.

In addition to Danziger, three current and one former social sciences Anteaters will receive Lauds & Laurels honors this year including Dave Leinen, social sciences assistant dean who will receive the Staff Achievement Award; Pam Kelley, ’89 alumna, social sciences lecturer and co-founder of the Law Forum who will be honored with the Outstanding Community Service Award; Kathy Rim, political science graduate student who will receive the Outstanding Graduate Student Award; and Sam W. Downing, ’67 alumnus and current president and CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System who will be honored as the Outstanding Alumnus in Social Sciences.

Learn more about their contributions below.

The 39th annual Lauds & Laurels ceremony will take place Thursday, May 14, at the Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport. For a full list of award winners, ticketing and other information, please visit http://www.alumni.uci.edu/how_to_get_involved/ll_news.html.

Jim Danziger, Political Science Research Professor

If political science research professor Jim Danziger had been born centuries ago, he might have been an explorer. He has, after all, visited more than 50 countries - 14 just this past year alone while serving as a core faculty member aboard a 590-foot cruise liner for the Semester at Sea program. His research on information and communication technologies which began more than 25 years ago was considered a leap into unchartered territory - a venture which has proven invaluable given their pervasiveness in our lives today. His textbook, Understanding the Political World, now in its 9th edition, is considered pioneering for its macro, world view approach to teaching introductory political science, and he has, on more than one occasion during his 37 year tenure at UCI, been hailed as a trailblazer for his ability as an administrator to garner consensus among competing crowds. Read on...

Staff Achievement
Dave Leinen, Social Sciences Assistant Dean

In every organization, there are those go-to people who, day in and day out, can be counted on to make sure things run smoothly. For the past 25 years, working across multiple units on UCI’s campus, Dave Leinen has been “that guy.” Whether it’s making tough decisions in order to effectively manage the School of Social Sciences’ budget and staff - a job he has consistently done for the past 10 years as assistant dean of the largest academic unit on campus - to serving up hot dogs and hamburgers to hundreds of incoming freshmen, Leinen can always be counted on to be there with, according to Michael Poston, UCI’s director of institutional research, “a smile on his face and a cheerful word for everyone.” Read on...

Community Service
Pam Kelley, ’89 Alumna, Social Sciences Lecturer and Law Forum Co-Founder

For Pam (Smith) Kelley, winner of this year’s UCI Alumni Association Lauds and Laurels Outstanding Community Service Award, the desire to give back to the UCI community stems from her early experiences as an Anteater which began nearly 25 years ago. An Orange County native, Kelley was the first in her family to go to college. Her experience as an undergraduate political science major, she recalls, was a turning point in her life. “I benefited greatly from the high quality mentorship and education I received from the social sciences faculty,” she says. “My college professors encouraged me to aim high, and the guidance I received at UCI certainly paved the way for law school and legal practice.” Read on...

Outstanding Graduate Student
Kathy Rim, Political Science Graduate Student

Political science graduate student Kathy Rim says she often felt a disconnect between the history she read about in textbooks growing up and her own history and background as a Korean American in the United States. “I didn’t feel like we learned much about Asian American history at all,” she says. She has been working to fill that gap ever since, efforts which have collectively earned her this year’s Alumni Association Lauds & Laurels Award for Outstanding Graduate Student. Read on...

Outstanding Alumnus in Social Sciences
Sam W. Downing, ’67 Alumnus and CEO and President of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System

Sam W. Downing, president and chief executive officer of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS), remembers the buzz that surrounded UCI’s launch in 1965. A Newport Beach resident and transfer student from Orange Coast Community College, he was one of UCI’s inaugural 1,500 students. “There was a lot of excitement back then about ‘the new university,’” he says. “For me, the excitement and ultimate decision to attend UCI was due to the research-oriented focus that I knew would come with a UC school being built adjacent to a very progressive and innovative area.” Read on...

Social Sciences alumni survey

We want to hear from you!  
Alumni opinions are important to us as we develop programs designed to support your interests and involvement. Please tell us about yourself by completing the Social Sciences Alumni Survey at https://eee.uci.edu/survey/socsialumnisurvey.

Money matters

Undergraduate Finance Association and UCI economists provide insight on money and the economy in honor of National Financial Awareness Month  
In recognition of April as National Financial Awareness Month, the UCI Undergraduate Finance Association, co-sponsored by the School of Social Sciences, is hosting an eight-part workshop series aimed at helping students, faculty and staff develop and hone personal financial skills necessary for navigating toward successful financial futures. During the month of April, UCI economists will also provide insight on key issues affecting today's banking, housing and stock markets as well other timely financial topics. Keep an eye on the School of Social Sciences website throughout the month for these and other stories. Read on...

SPOTLIGHT EVENT - Former Mexican President Vicente Fox to Deliver Public Lecture at UCI

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 @ 4:00 p.m. Irvine Barclay Theatre (4242 Campus Drive)

The Center for the Study of Democracy presents the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture and Jack W. Peltason Lecture featuring Vicente Fox, President of Mexico (2000-06). This event is free and open to the public. Tickets will be made available at the Irvine Barclay Theatre Box Office on a first come-first served basis beginning at 2:00 p.m. prior to the lecture with a limit of one ticket per person. Doors open for seating at 3:00 p.m. Read On...

SPOTLIGHT EVENT - Dinner Club: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Thursday, April 16, 2009 @ 6:00 p.m.
UCI University Club Library

Upheaval and change are the current buzz words when it comes to passenger transportation. Consumers find themselves asking: Will my budget be able to support the fluctuating cost of airline travel? With rising gas prices, can I continue my long commute to work and is taking the train a practical solution? The School of Social Sciences invites you to attend its spring Dinner Club lecture with Jan Brueckner, UCI urban economist, who will address these and other timely transportation topics. Read On...

More Headlines

UCI cognitive scientist on team tapped to create large-scale artificial brain
Multi-year project is being led by HRL Laboratories through funding from DARPA

Bean awarded grant to study estimated size of unauthorized population in U.S.
Findings will lead to better accuracy of the numbers on which immigration policies are based

Rumbaut awarded book grant from Russell Sage Foundation
Book will focus on ethnicity and inequality among immigrant populations in Southern California

Olive Tree Initiative to receive O.C. Human Relations Commission award
Founding board member of UCI Center for Citizen Peacebuilding also to be recognized

Dukakis discusses importance of grassroots efforts in political campaigning
Talk was one of two CSD-sponsored Peltason Lectures for 2009

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