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Welcome to the November 2012 issue of the Social Sciences

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Olive Tree Initiative Welcome Back
November 1, 2012

Alan Turing and the Applications of Probability to Cryptography
November 2, 2012

The Federal Reserve's Unconventional Policy Tools
November 5, 2012

Measuring the Effect of the Zero Lower Bound on Medium- and Longer-Term Interest Rates
November 5, 2012

How to Control Controlled School Choice
November 5, 2012

Modeling Dependence in Multivariate Time Series with Applications to Brain Signals
November 7, 2012

CGPACS Graduate Student Panel I
November 8, 2012

Best Practices of Environmental Cooperation in the Middle East
November 10, 2012

Cortical Encoding of Auditory Objects in the Cocktail Party Problem
November 14, 2012

Global Engagement of UCI Students
November 15, 2012

Performance Pay and the Autocovariance Structure of Earnings and Hours
November 20, 2012

The Joys of Response Time Modeling: A Selection of Experimental Work
November 21, 2012

Event Calendar

Social Sciences
in the Media

Courting Coachella Valley Latinos
DeSipio, Desert Sun

Flyer beware: Comfort comes at a cost
Brueckner, Los Angeles Times and Portland Press Herald October

Real Orange News program: President Bill Clinton in the OC
DeSipio, PBS SoCal

Airlines find another fee to charge in leg space
Brueckner, Daily Herald

Western scholars conference on hundred years of Sikhs' settlements
Leonard, Examiner

2012-13 Dalai Lama Scholarship awarded to UCI senior promoting human rights
Azzawi, Targeted News Service

Check out video of Jan Brueckner being interviewed online by the LA Times
Brueckner, Los Angeles Times

New bloc of voters who eschew traditional party politics could determine next president, professor says
Dalton, Phys.org

Race 2012
Kim, PBS SoCal

Oyster bar gets the juices flowing
Chan, OC Register

Intelligence agencies turn to crowdsourcing
Steyvers, Warnaar and Shin, BBC

Conference Celebrates '100 Years of Sikhs in the USA'
Leonard, IndiaWest

Southern Californians looking for answers during first presidential debate
Chavez, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Coachella Valley voters focused on debates; campaigns look to other states
Petracca, Mydesert.com

Immigrant advocates blast Brown vetoes in Calif.
DeSipio, AP and Gettysburg Times

Do US workers deserve minimum-wage increase? No: Focus should be on creating jobs
Neumark, Arizona Daily Star and 18 additional news sources

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Expert on the minority vote

DeSipio says the candidate with the minority vote wins the election

The 2012 Presidential race is coming down to the wire. With polls placing the candidates in a near dead heat, UC Irvine's Louis DeSipio, Chicano/Latino studies and political science professor, says that the candidate who gets the minority vote will likely win the Oval Office. Here, DeSipio talks about the changing American electorate and what he'll be watching for on November 6.

Check out the video...

Airline seating is getting tighter

Jan Brueckner, economics professor and department chair, on increasing costs for airline travel

Americans may be getting fatter, but economy seating on airlines is getting tighter. Legroom on airplanes is going the way of free checked bags, pillows and in-flight meals, travel reporter Hugo Martin writes. If you want more room, get ready to pay for it. In this video interview, UCI economics professor and department chair Jan Brueckner comments.

Check it out, courtesy of the LA Times...

Race 2012

A conversation about race and politics

Race 2012, a PBS Election 2012 special, presents a conversation about race and politics, documenting the changing face of America, and how that change may affect the country's political future. The segment looks at the current political landscape, exploring how the two major political parties in the U.S. engage with the racial and ethnic communities that are growing in size and influence. Claire Jean Kim, political science and Asian American studies associate professor featured in the special, talks about Obama's presidency and how race has factored in.

Check it out, courtesy of PBS...

Richmond Fed hires UCI's Richardson for centennial research

Richardson is an economics professor at UCI

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond has hired Gary Richardson as the Federal Reserve System Historian. This new position was established in connection with the upcoming Centennial. The Federal Reserve System will mark its 100th anniversary in December 2013. Richardson will collaborate with experts at the Federal Reserve and other organizations to identify, preserve and make accessible the Fed's historical materials. He also will publish original works on the history of the Fed and its role in the American economy since its 1913 inception.

Read on, courtesy of NBC KLPCTV 7...

Intelligence agencies turn to crowdsourcing

US intelligence agencies hope the "wisdom of the crowd" can help them predict the future

The upcoming release of the James Bond movie Skyfall, combined with the 50th anniversary of the franchise, has sent fans of the suave spy into overdrive. Speculation about the plot and who will sing the theme tune (Adele), has been joined by stories that pick apart everything from his ingenious - but scientifically dubious - gadgets to the ins and outs of his sex life. But now, James Bond fans and wannabe spies alike may have the ultimate outlet for their spy ambitions. Research firm Applied Research Associates, has just launched a website that invites the public - meaning anyone, anywhere - to sign up and try their hand at intelligence forecasting. [Study is co-led by UCI cognitive sciences professor Mark Steyvers and cognitive sciences visiting researchers Dirk Warnaar and Youngwon].

Read on, courtesy of the BBC...

Real Orange: Gold to gigabytes

UCI money exhibition featured on PBS

The exhibition Gold to Gigabytes: The Past, Present and Future of Money, currently on display at UC Irvine's Langson Library, is featured on REAL ORANGE on PBS SoCal. The show includes an interview with Bill Maurer, anthropology and law professor and Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion director, and footage from the collections.

Check it out, courtesy of PBS SoCal...

2012-13 Dalai Lama Scholarship awarded to UCI senior promoting human rights

Soraya Azzawi, neurobiology and political science major, plans outreach to local refugees, publication detailing global crises

A senior dedicated to raising awareness of human rights struggles and the plight of refugees around the world has been awarded the 2012-13 UC Irvine XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship, established in 2004 to recognize students committed to ethical leadership, peace and positive global relations. Soraya Azzawi will receive $20,000 for academic expenses to support the publication of a journal documenting humanitarian crises affecting refugees worldwide and to establish an English tutoring program for local refugees.

Read on...

A passion for politics

Sophomore political science major Sanaa Khan's enthusiasm is evident both in and out of class

This year's presidential election is a momentous one for Sanaa Khan, and not just because the candidates represent starkly different approaches to governing. The UC Irvine sophomore majoring in political science will cast her first vote for president next month. And she's making sure her peers perform their civic duty as well. Khan spent much of Welcome Week registering students to vote as part of a drive by the Associated Students of UCI. For her, being able to participate fully in the democratic process is cause for excitement.

Read on...

Oyster bar gets the juices flowing

New restaurant owned by UCI alumnus opens at the OC Mart Mix

Despite its coastal location, good seafood is not a given in Orange County. Few chefs seem to get excited about it, and a handful of spots specialize in fish, with mixed results. So when Leonard Chan [UCI economics '97] and Noah Blom, restaurant owners at the South Coast Collection, were dreaming about a new project, they thought oysters. And Shuck Oyster Bar was born, offering an unparalleled selection of fresh oysters in a bright, modern spot tucked into the hip OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa.

Read on, courtesy of the OC Register...

The Federal Reserve's Unconventional Policy Tools

November 5, 2012, 5:00-6:15 p.m. in UCI Student Center, Crystal Cove Auditorium

John C. Williams, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, will be the featured speaker at a UC Irvine Center for Economics & Public Policy-sponsored event on unconventional policy tools. Williams is a 2012 voting member on the Federal Open Market Committee, through which he represents the western U.S. in monetary discussions in Washington, D.C. He has been with the San Francisco Fed since 2002, serving as research advisor, senior vice president, executive vice president and research director before taking the reins in 2011. A private dinner with Williams will follow the public talk. For information, contact Sandy Cushman, scushman@uci.edu.

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Best Practices of Environmental Cooperation in the Middle East

November 10, 2012, 7:00-10:00 p.m., UC Irvine Beckman Center

While the Israeli-Palestinian (and Arab) peace process is mired in a complex political crisis, the region is facing an even more daunting emergency as a result of dramatic hydrological changes. The UCI Olive Tree Initiative in cooperation with the UCI Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, UC Irvine Environment Institute, Center for Unconventional Security Affairs and UC Center for Hydrologic present a panel discussion with academics, water specialists, entrepreneurs, and peacebuilding practitioners from the U.S. and the Middle East to discuss the issue.

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