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

Upcoming Events

Obama, Nukes and the Democratic Movement in Iran

Shadow Elite

The Paradigmatic Challenge in Southeast Asian Studies

Telling Stories: War and Peace in Lebanese Children's Literature

The Mechanistic Origin of Crime Hotspots

Labor Force Participation in Puerto Rico

Anthropology Bookfest

Celebrate UCI 2010: Campuswide Open House and Wayzgoose Festival

U.S. Census Spatial and Demographic Data

Counterinsurgency and Humanism

A Brief Introduction to Publishing with a University Press

Getting Some Closure: Guantanamo & the Law & Politics of U.S. Detention Policy

UCI Political Scientists Offer Perspectives on California Politics

China-Latin American Free Trade Agreements in the 2000s

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Social Sciences
in the Media

Things are looking up for U.S. airlines

Second Life’s virtual money can become real-life cash

Seeking a public opinion of substance

Cutting the basic wage to spur jobs

Urbanizing China long way from residence reform

We need more student aid!

St. Patrick's Day evolves into thick tradition for N.J. residents

Local advocates press Obama for immigration fix

Student aid overhaul passes House

Mailers court party base in 37th Senate district race

When does political anger turn to violence?

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Keen on kindness

Economics major and Dalai Lama scholar Jasmine Fang sponsors Kindness Month at UCI this May

Last summer, UC Irvine senior Jasmine Fang traveled to the rural Dominican Republic province of Elias Pina to build latrines for residents and teach public hygiene. She learned something too: the value of community.

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New study finds conditions favorable for revitalization of the labor movement

Findings appear in the April 2010 issue of the American Sociological Review

The role of labor unions as employee advocates and management watchdogs has waned in recent years with membership levels dropping to about 12 percent of the total workforce – down from its 32 percent high during the early 1950s and the height of labor union involvement. According to a new study by UCI sociology professor Judith Stepan–Norris, current developments within the U.S. labor movement, along with changing economic and political conditions, may result in a revitalization of union membership.

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What can social security teach us about health care reform?

UCI sociologist Edwin Amenta explains

President Obama’s final signing of the newly enacted health care reform law has been met with equal parts applause and calls for repeal as both the plan and events leading up to its passing have deeply divided the American public and equally polarized the country’s two-party political system. This is not the first time, however, that such sweeping legislation has caused a nationwide raucous, says Edwin Amenta, UCI sociologist and author of When Movements Matter: The Townsend Plan and the Rise of Social Security. He notes that recent events surrounding health care reform have much in common with the enactment of the social security program 75 years ago. Here, he offers insight on what the history of social security can teach us about the potential future of health care reform.

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An inside look at the U.S. Census

UCI sociologist Judith Treas provides insight on the decennial count and her role in this year’s survey design

Census forms arrived in more than 120 million U.S. mailboxes last month. Results from the 10 question survey – one of the shortest in the form’s 220-year history – will help the U.S. government determine where to channel more than $400 billion in Federal funding and direct potential shifts in Congressional seat allotments due to population changes.  Aiding in the research and design of this decade’s census was Judith Treas, UCI sociology professor and director of the Center for Demographic and Social Analysis.  Here, she gives a snapshot of the survey’s roll in government and her involvement in the process.

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Greenhalgh receives Association for Asian Studies Levenson Book Prize

Honor recognizes her book, Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng’s China, for “original scholarship and rigorous analysis”

Susan Greenhalgh, anthropologist and author of Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng’s China, has been awarded the Association for Asian Studies’ Joseph Levenson Book Prize for the Best Book on China Post-1900. She received the award, which carries a $1000 prize, at the association’s annual meeting, held March 25-28 in Philadelphia. Since its publishing in 2008, the book has also received a 2009 honorable mention in the Society for Cultural Anthropology’s competition for the Gregory Bateson Book Prize, and has been positively reviewed in more than a dozen publications, including Nature, Science, and the Times Literary Supplement. Click below to read the Association for Asian Studies citation presented to Greenhalgh upon receipt of her most recent award.

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Thinking global, acting local

Global Connect director Ellen Schlosser receives Orange County Department of Education Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education

In her nine years directing UCI’s Global Connect, Ellen Schlosser estimates she’s reached more than 7,500 Orange County middle and high school students through the program’s internationally-focused educational activities. In March, she was recognized by the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) with a 2010 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education, an honor which follows on the heels of her 2007 UCI Lauds & Laurels Outstanding Community Award. Both awards recognize her efforts directing UCI’s comprehensive outreach program aimed at improving international studies education in local middle and high school classrooms via university-led instruction and enrichment activities.

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SPOTLIGHT EVENT - Anthropology Bookfest

Thursday, April 15, 2010 @ 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 3323

Join the anthropology department in celebrating recent faculty book publications. Books will be on display and authors will speak briefly and give short readings. Light refreshments will be served.

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SPOTLIGHT EVENT - Celebrate UCI 2010: Campuswide Open House and Wayzgoose Festival

Saturday, April 17, 2010 @ 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
UC Irvine Campus

Come Celebrate UCI at the university’s 32nd Annual Open House, one of the campus’ oldest and most festive traditions. This spring event features games and rides for children, academic information, a classic car show, campus tram tours, Wayzgoose Medieval Faire with food booths, demonstrations, rides, games, two stages of entertainment and much more. General campus offices such as housing, admissions, and financial aid are also open. Everyone is welcome! It’s an excellent opportunity to bring family and friends to visit and see what’s new with the UCI campus. Join the alumni, staff, faculty, and students as we Celebrate UCI!

Social sciences will be hosting an information session for freshmen, transfers and their families at 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Social Science Lecture Hall 100.

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SPOTLIGHT EVENT - UCI Political Scientists Offer Perspectives on California Politics

Thursday, April 29, 2010 @ 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1517

The final lecture in the three-part Social Sciences Expert Speaker Series offers the UCI and local community an opportunity to hear expert political science perspectives on the up-coming California primary and gubernatorial race. Come dialogue with political scientists Matthew Beckmann, Louis DeSipio, Mark Petracca, Tony Smith, and Carole Uhlaner to learn more about issues at the forefront of this year’s election and how UCI political science research makes a difference.

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