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UCI Social Sciences 

Welcome to the November 2011 issue of the Social Sciences

Upcoming Events

Power and Authority in International Systems: Evidence from a Non-Western Case
October 28, 2011

Molecular Genetics of Economic Decision Making
October 28, 2011

Modeling of Infectious Diseases: Bridging Data and Models
October 28-29, 2011

UCI Parents Day
October 30, 2011

Squatting on Government Land
October 31, 2011

Alcohol and Morbidity: RD Evidence from the MDLA
November 1, 2011

Second Generation Optimism and the Social Mobility Patterns of Latino Young Men
November 1, 2011

Estimating the Demand for Hybrid Vehicles Using Partially Observed Data
November 2, 2011

Prefrontal Cortex, Dopamine, and Autism: Computational Connections
November 2, 2011

Citizen Diplomacy: Pakistan-India Track-II Dialogue
November 2, 2011

Peacemaking Practice as Engaged Scholarship
November 3, 2011

Probabilistic Semantics for Modal Logic
November 4, 2011

CGPACS Graduate Student Panel I
November 7, 2011

Immigrant Workers--Where the Hazardous Jobs Are
November 8, 2011

Are For-Profit Insurers Different?
November 8, 2011

Reflection on the 'Arab Spring' and the Role of Cyber-Dissent in Democratizing the Middle East
November 9, 2011

The Limited Role of Education for Regional Income Convergence: Evidence from Norway
November 15, 2011

The Cohort Consequences of September 11, 2001: Culled or Damaged Males?
November 15, 2011

Model-Based Neuroimaging
November 16, 2011

The Possibilities and Perils of the Arab Awakening
November 17, 2011

The Miracle of Applied Mathematics: A Case Study in Mathematical Development Involving the Fractional Derivative
November 18, 2011

XENOMORPH!! Indians, Latina/os, and the Alien Morphology of Arizona's Senate Bill 1070
November 18, 2011

U.S. Colonialism, Migration and Sexualities: The Filipino American Case
November 18, 2011

The Socioeconomic Consequences of Paid Parental Leave
November 22, 2011

Engendering Racial Perceptions: An Intersectional Analysis of How Social Status Shapes Race
November 22, 2011

Understanding and Resolving the U.S. Fiscal Problem
November 30, 2011

Event Calendar

Social Sciences
in the Media

Are crackdowns a turning point for Occupy protests?

Anti-illegal immigration bill stokes backlash in Alabama fields

Study finds education gap for illegal Mexican migrants' children

Premium denim maker AG Adriano Goldschmied has a leg up on rivals

Confronting common perceptions of immigrant healthcare

Is race reflected by your outfit?

Beauty lies in the size of your limbal rings

In China, toddler left for dead sparks heated debate about society's moral health

UC Irvine study: Undocumented use fewer health services in O.C.

AT&T, T-Mobile merger will create jobs? Prove it, FCC says

Small businesses, big job numbers

Facebook helps spread word on 'Occupy O.C.'

Professor who offended power elite resigns post

Everybody has an opinion about the Occupy Wall Street movement

Digital library aims to expand kids' media literacy

Op-ed: What Occupy Wall Street learned from the tea party

Young Hispanics to keep shaping U.S. landscape

Occupy Wall Street: Who they are and what they want

Film about braceros grew from UCI expert's work

Occupy Wall Street: Unions join protests. Will message change?

College soccer news: Andrew Fontein finalist for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

Asia's inequitable growth will harm democratic institutions: Academic

Commentary: The dream of a post-racial America is a cop out

Ring around the iris

Wall Street protests: Is a movement taking hold?

Anti-wall street protesters reach 'prime time' with arrests

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UCI Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion awarded $4.17 million

Funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will advance applied research on monetary practices in developing countries

UC Irvine's Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion has received a $4.17 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue research on current and potential uses of mobile technology in providing banking and financial services to people in developing countries. The four-year grant brings the IMTFI's total Gates Foundation funding to more than $6.13 million since the institute's founding in 2008. In three years of operation, the IMTFI has supported 54 research projects in 32 countries, including Haiti, where, in early 2010, institute researchers Heather Horst and Erin Taylor were on the ground when a devastating 7.0 earthquake struck. With plans already in place to study the social uses of mobile phones on the Haiti/Dominican Republic border, their project took on a new sense of urgency. Joined by Espelencia Baptiste, an anthropologist from Michigan's Kalamazoo College, the research team worked in concert with the Gates Foundation and USAID to accelerate the development of mobile money transfer services in the disaster-stricken region. Digicel and Voila are the two mobile carriers currently providing such services to the island nation, thanks to the collaborative effort.

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Study: Undocumented immigrants in O.C. use fewer health services than rest of population

Finding by UCI anthropologist is attributed to lack of medical insurance

According to a new UC Irvine study, undocumented immigrants living in Orange County utilized fewer medical services in 2005 than did documented immigrants and citizens of Latino and non-Latino white backgrounds in the region. The discrepancy was found to be, in large part, attributable to a lack of health insurance among undocumented immigrants. "It's a common misperception that undocumented immigrants overuse medical services and rely primarily on hospital emergency rooms for care," said UCI anthropologist Leo Chavez, author of the study. "Despite what we hear in the public debate, there is not a great deal of social science data on healthcare for undocumented immigrants." His work, published online in Social Science & Medicine, provides statistical data on the type and frequency of services accessed by undocumented immigrants in comparison to documented immigrants and citizens. Findings are based on information collected in a 2006 telephone survey of 805 Latino and 396 non-Latino white men and women 18 and older with both listed and unlisted phone numbers.

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Hickok receives grant to grow his brain research team

Postdoctoral researcher Kayoko Okada, cognitive sciences `05, will help Hickok map brain lesions and activity linked to language processing using fMRI

Greg Hickok, cognitive sciences professor and founding director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, has received a $257,960 grant from the National Institutes of Health to further his research on the brain's role in speech and how abnormalities can inhibit this process. The funding adds to the $9.3 million he has already received for research in this area, and allows him to add postdoctoral researcher Kayoko Okada, a `05 graduate of the UCI cognitive sciences doctoral program and specialist in fMRI and behavioral research, to his team. Using state-of-the-art methods, the researchers are conducting a large scale mapping study of brain areas involved in language processing. They're also mapping areas of the brain that, when damaged, produce language disorders. The research is being coordinated through a multi-university consortium Hickok created to quicken the pace and sharing of this type of work, the result of which may lead to advancements in therapies for persons who have suffered brain damage or exhibit neural abnormalities.

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Beckmann talks presidential politics on Inside OC with host Rick Reiff

A discussion on today's issues from a historical perspective

Catch UCI political science associate professor Matthew Beckmann on PBS SoCal's Inside OC as he provides historical perspective on presidential issues of the day. The interview, "What Would Nixon Do?" with Beckmann and Ron Rotunda, Chapman University, will air on PBS SoCal (formerly KOCE) October 27 at 1:00 p.m., October 28 at 7:30 p.m., October 30 at 11:30 a.m., and November 2 at 12:00 p.m.

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Op-ed: What Occupy Wall Street learned from the tea party

An op-ed by David Meyer, sociology professor, as featured in the Washington Post October 7, 2011

"The Occupy Wall Street movement, three weeks strong and gaining momentum, reminds us that tea partyers aren't the only people unhappy with the state of the nation. The two groups are angry about some of the same things, too, especially the government bailouts for big banks - a similarity that Vice President Biden observed in remarks on Thursday. They've taken different tacks for expressing their anger. The Occupiers are camping out in New York's Financial District, while tea partyers have elected people to fight against government spending and deficits - and against regulations or oversight of businesses, small and big. It's not something they're likely to claim credit for, but members of the tea party cleared the way for protesters on the other side of the political spectrum. The tea party demonstrated that protest works, even when government doesn't."

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Zhang receives 2011 Kassouf Fellowship

Award named in honor of pioneering economics professor and academician

Cathy Zhang, economics graduate student, is the 2011-12 recipient of the School of Social Sciences' Sheen T. Kassouf Fellowship. Named in honor of the highly respected UC Irvine economics scholar and pioneer of modern finance, the $10,000 fellowship annually recognizes an economics graduate student who demonstrates excellence in coursework and research. Zhang, a fourth year graduate student with degrees in economics (high honors) and legal studies from UC Berkeley, studies the emergence of international currencies and how dollarization, or adoption of a foreign currency by local citizens, impacts domestic economies. She has developed an economic model that could be used by policy-makers to determine whether dollarization or continued use of a native, national currency is most conducive to a country's welfare and stability.

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Wan receives nuclear security predoctoral fellowship from Harvard University's Belfer Center

Award includes one-year in-residence study

Wilfred Wan, political science graduate student, is the recipient of a 2011-12 Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellowship, awarded by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. He is spending the academic year in Cambridge, Mass. working with the Belfer Center's International Security Program and the Project on Managing the Atom through which he is pursuing research on the evolution of nuclear weapons proliferation.

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Vote for Fontein

Andrew Fontein, UCI men's soccer goalkeeper and business econ major, is a finalist for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

UC Irvine men's soccer goalkeeper Andrew Fontein is one of 10 national finalists for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the honor recognizes student-athletes who use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact in their communities. Fontein, a senior business economics major from Las Vegas, set the UCI single-season record with 11 shutouts last year. The Anteater career-record holder had four shutouts in UCI's first 11 games this season, including a 2-0 win at Big West Conference rival UC Santa Barbara Oct. 1. He also volunteers with several youth soccer programs in the Orange County area. Fans may cast their votes daily through November 14 at www.seniorCLASSaward.com. Fan votes will be tallied with those from coaches and media to determine the 2011 award recipient. The winner will be announced at the Men's College Cup which takes place December 9 and 11 in Hoover, Ala.

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Social sciences opens new anechoic research facility

Facility is available for use by faculty pursuing auditory research

The School of Social Sciences Anechoic Facility opened in fall 2011 as a shared resource for use by all faculty who have an interest in auditory research. The facility includes a large acoustically isolated RF-shielded chamber for free-field research and a second smaller RF-shielded steel booth for research using headphones. The facility has access to state-of-the-art equipment including a harmonizer, function generators, oscilloscopes, mixers/equalizers, amplifiers, ABR setup (auditory brainstem recording) and research-quality vocal microphones and headphones. The facility is managed by UCI cognitive sciences professors Bruce Berg, Greg Hickok, Virginia Richards and Kourosh Saberi whose primary areas of expertise include hearing, speech and language.

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Social sciences launches new experimental lab to study interactive decision making

Facility is available to researchers and is seeking paid student research participants

The School of Social Sciences has launched a new facility dedicated to experimental studies on individual and interactive decision making in the social sciences. The Experimental Social Science Laboratory is available to researchers in all social science disciplines and can accommodate up to 40 research subjects at a time for computer-based studies of human behavior. Experiments currently underway in the facility include research on how terrorist networks may form and why peace negotiations sometimes fail. Run by Michael McBride, economics associate professor, the lab provides opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to learn experimental methods in the social sciences and participate in paid studies.

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SPOTLIGHT EVENT: Modeling of Infectious Diseases: Bridging Data and Models

October 28-29, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Social Science Plaza A, Room 2112

Infectious diseases form a continual societal problem that comes with several mysteries. We experience this with a common flu; some years, in spite of dire predictions, not much happens, while other years an unexpected outbreak can be serious. Experts from several disciplines, who bring different perspectives on this topic, will gather at this two-day conference hosted by the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences to explore these concerns.

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SPOTLIGHT EVENT: Citizen Diplomacy: Pakistan-India Track-II Dialogue

November 2, 5:30-8:00 p.m., UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom C

The Center for Citizen Peacebuilding presents "Citizen Diplomacy: Pakistan-India Track-II Dialogue," with Javed Jabbar, Chairman and Chief Executive, JJ Media (Pvt.) Ltd., Pakistan. A former senator and federal minister of Pakistan, Jabbar has an active interest in a variety of fields including international affairs, volunteer work for rural and urban development, the environment, social issues and mass media. Since 1992, he has served as a member of the longest-running Pakistan-India track-II process, known as the Neemrana Dialogue. Jabbar is the author of several books including his most recent work, Pakistan: Unique Origins, Unique Destiny (National Book Foundation, 2011).

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SPOTLIGHT EVENT: The Possibilities and Perils of the Arab Awakening

November 17, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Social Science Plaza A, Room 1100

As part of UCI's International Education Week, the International Studies Public Forum, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Democracy, Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, and Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality, present "The Possibilities and Perils of the Arab Awakening," with Roger Cohen, New York Times columnist. Cohen joined The New York Times in 1990. He was a foreign correspondent for more than a decade before becoming acting foreign editor on September 11, 2001, and foreign editor six months later. Since 2004, he has written a column for the Times-owned International Herald Tribune, first for the news pages and then, since 2007, for the op-ed page. In 2009, he was named a columnist of The New York Times. Cohen has written Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo (Random House, 1998), an account of the wars of Yugoslavia's destruction, and Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis' Final Gamble (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005). He has also coauthored a biography of General Norman Schwarzkopf, In the Eye of the Storm (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1991).

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SPOTLIGHT EVENT: Engendering Racial Perceptions: An Intersectional Analysis of How Social Status Shapes Race

November 22, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Social Science Plaza B, Room 4206

The Department of Sociology Population, Society and Inequality Series presents "Engendering Racial Perceptions: An Intersectional Analysis of How Social Status Shapes Race," with Andrew Penner, UCI sociology assistant professor. Penner's talk will cover his recently published research on ties between perceived racial status and clothing.

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SPOTLIGHT EVENT: Understanding and Resolving the U.S. Fiscal Problem

November 30, 7:00-8:00 p.m., UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom C

What policy decisions have contributed to the U.S.'s budget woes? In light of the current weakened state of the U.S. economy, do any realistic, viable resolutions exist? In his upcoming talk, Alan Auerbach, director of the UC Berkeley Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance and former Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation, will discuss potential solutions in the form of tax and entitlement program reforms. The discussion comes on the heels of the expected 12-member Congressional panel's November 23 recommendations on how to cut more than $1.2 trillion from the U.S. budget, and is the inaugural lecture of the UCI Center for Economics & Public Policy, directed by economist David Neumark.

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