Welcome back, anteaters!
We missed you!
Social sciences anteaters are back on campus and we couldn't be happier! Welcome to our new in-coming freshmen and transfer students, and
welcome back to all of our experienced anteaters. It's going to be a great year! Zot!
Click here for some fun video highlights from Welcome Week 2012...
Maurer talks about the future of mobile money
Bill Maurer, anthropology and law professor and Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion director, has been providing expert opinion on digital payment methods to industry experts, news media and others interested in this rapidly growing sector of financial services. Originally developed as a means to provide banking and money transfer services to the poor, mobile money in the developed world offers convenience as well as a potentially unintended advertising channel through which to reach consumers, Maurer says. Watch here as he talks about the new Starbucks Square alliance and how the role of mobile money is changing.
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UCI athlete competes on 'America's Next Top Model'
Kiara Belen, sociology major, as featured in the OC Register September 27, 2012
As a forward on the UC Irvine women's basketball team, Kiara Belen earned a reputation as a defensive specialist, an intense player who
would do whatever it took to stop an opponent from driving to the basket for a score. While the Las Vegas native swapped sneakers for stilettos earlier
this year to join the cast of "America's Next Top Model: College Edition," five episodes into the season it's clear Belen never lost any of her will to
Read on, courtesy of the OC Register...
Up for grabs
U.S. voters are increasingly independent and undecided, says Dalton in new book
If your Election Day 2012 Presidential vote is still up for grabs, you're not alone, says political science professor Russ Dalton. "Today
about 40 percent of Americans claim they are independent of either party," he says, noting a historic high across the span of modern public opinion
polling. "The new independents follow politics and they will turn out to vote nearly as much as partisans. They have no loyalty to either side and they
will make up their minds late in the game." In The Apartisan American, Dalton examines this new block of potentially powerful voters and why they've
parted ways with traditional party politics.
O'Connor wins 2012 Romney prize
LPS graduate student honored for paper on evolution of vagueness
Cailin O'Connor is the 2012 recipient of the A. Kimball Romney Award for Outstanding Graduate Paper, awarded for her work on the evolution of vagueness. Learn more about her research interests and up-coming publications, her road to UCI and the interesting names she and her philosopher husband chose for their family of four cats (Winston Purrchill didn't make the mix).
UCI sociologists make their mark at ASA annual meeting
Faculty and graduate students earn awards and key leadership positions on section councils
UCI sociologists traveled to Denver in August to represent UCI at the annual American Sociological Association meeting. Between book and
paper awards, election to committee council positions, and numerous research presentations, sociology faculty and graduate students represented UCI well
and will continue to do so throughout the year in key section leadership positions.
Read on for a list of award winners and new ASA leaders...
The 'Pioneer anomaly' that threatened to upend physics
An article by Jim Weatherall, logic & philosophy of science assistant professor, as featured in the Boston Globe September 2, 2012
In 1972 and 1973, two unmanned spacecraft - called Pioneer 10 and 11 - were launched on missions to the outer reaches of the solar system.
The probes sent beautiful images of Jupiter and Saturn back to Earth, along with exciting new data about their makeup. And then the scientists
monitoring the crafts sat back and relaxed as the ships began their long, lonely journeys into deep space. Until something weird turned up in the data.
Read on, courtesy of the Boston Globe...
SPOTLIGHT EVENT: Social Sciences Welcome Reception
October 3, 2012, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in SBSG 1517
Come welcome the school's new faculty members at the annual Social Sciences Welcome Reception. In total, since winter quarter, the school has added nine
new professors and one lecturer with potential security of employment. Meet them in person and learn more about their exciting research.
SPOTLIGHT EVENT: The War Within the War for Afghanistan
October 4, 2012, 5:00-6:00 p.m. in SSPA 1100
Washington Post senior correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of the recently published Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan, will
discuss the current state and future of Afghanistan. His previous book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, which provided a first-hand account of the
troubled American effort to reconstruct Iraq, won the Overseas Press Club book award, the Ron Ridenhour Prize and Britain's Samuel Johnson Prize. It was
named one of the 10 Best Books of 2007 by the New York Times. It also was a finalist for the National Book Award and the New York Public Library's Helen
Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism.
SPOTLIGHT EVENT: Exhibit: Gold to Gigabytes: The Past, Present, and Future of Money
October 5, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m. in Langson Library
"Gold to Gigabytes: The Past, Present, and Future of Money" explores the anthropology of money by tracing the evolution of currency from ancient
beginnings to its present state. Topics portrayed in the exhibit
include the rise of credit cards and cashless transactions, the development of alternative currencies like Bitcoin, and the creation of new technologies
for electronic payment and banking. The exhibit is curated by staff in the UCI
Libraries and IMTFI and will be on display through April 2013 in the Langson Library Muriel Ansley Reynolds Gallery during regular library hours. The opening event features a talk by Catherine Eagleton, curator of modern money at the British Museum in London, who oversees a collection of more than 150,000 objects, including coins, paper money, tokens and credit cards from the last 300 years. In addition, there will be remarks by Bill Maurer.
SPOTLIGHT EVENT: Medicine and Politics
October 30, 2012, 7:00-9:30 p.m. in SBSG 1517
The prevention of illness and the treatment of disease in the 21st century require collaborative efforts between a variety of professionals, suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, health insurers and governments. The focus should be on the person, their well-being or illness. When selfish goals enter, that focus is lost. Governments provide financial support but with controls, regulations and restrictions. Governments are not always the most qualified guides because they are not workers in the field. We know that information is abundant, but wisdom is scarce. This seminar, sponsored and hosted by the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Ethics and Morality, brings wisdom to the front. Discussants and moderators include professionals and academics from political science, medicine and law.