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Author and Homeboy Industries founder to deliver keynote at gang intervention conference
April 2, 2013

Gender, Competitiveness and Career Choices
April 2, 2013

Unemployment and Household Unsecured Debt
April 3, 2013

Social Change and Economic Cycles in the Modern Era: Technology and the Renewal of Captitalism from the Late 18th to the Mid-21st Century
April 10, 2013

Language as a Cultural Tool
April 10, 2013

Travelers' Tales
April 11, 2013

Tenth Annual Kiang Lecture: Can China's Urbanization Save the World?
April 11, 2013

FregeFest IV
April 12-13, 2013

Wisdom of the Crowd
April 18-19, 2013

Celebrate UCI 2013
April 20, 2013

The UK in USA: GREAT Britain's Public Diplomacy in the United States
April 25, 2013

EXPERT SERIES: Competition is Coming to Your Wallet: How New Technologies are Changing Money
April 25, 2013

Best Laid Plans: Imagined Futures, Forgotten Pasts, and Unintended Consequences
April 26-27, 2013

Event Calendar

Social Sciences
in the Media

Judging border security: How much authority will watchdogs have?
DeSipio, USA Today and Arizona Republic

Many immigrants in the U.S. stop midway along the path of citizenship
DeSipio, Washington Post

The role of money and alternative formal financial systems
Nelms, Pagina|12 (Argentina)

Bring back cocktail hour for working parents
Campos, Slate

California is back — or so we're told
Neumark, Orange County Register

Kids are happier to see their moms at the end of the day than their dads
Campos, The Atlantic

Minimum wage up, jobs down
Neumark, Orange County Register

Second-generation Americans better off than their parents
Rumbaut, Minnesota Public Radio

Hispanics get help giving their kids a boost
Rumbaut, Wall Street Journal

Is US-Mexico border secure enough? Immigration reform could hinge on answer
DeSipio, Christian Science Monitor

Study reveals effect of men's incarceration on the mother of their children
Turney, HealthCanal.com

Sprinter shutdown may be saving money
Brownstone, U-T San Diego

Payment technologies: Past, present and future
IMTFI, Wall Street Journal

Monks without a temple
Feng, The Economist

Alexander: Making hiring more expensive "hurts the people we want to help"
Neumark, U.S. Senate Committee on Health Education Labor & Pensions

One good paper: Monopoly power in mobile money
Maurer, Bloomberg Businessweek

Religious, business groups defend pro-immigration Republican Senator Graham
DeSipio, NBC Latino

11 unexpected facts about attraction
Peshek, Oprah.com and Yahoo! Shine

Say goodbye, L.A., to mass immigration
Lee, Zócalo Public Square

Agency move hints at shift in China's one-child policy
Feng, Wall Street Journal

Disruptions: Digital era redefining etiquette
Boellstorff, New York Times

Online emotions, in hundreds of new flavors
Ito, New York Times, Orange County Register and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Low-wage workers turning to voters for pay raises
Neumark, Los Angeles Times

A clash over family-sponsored immigrant visas
DeSipio, Southern California Public Radio

Minimum wage hike means fewer jobs can be available
Neumark, Investor's Business Daily

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Social sciences dean receives high honors from Society of Experimental Psychologists

Warren Medal recognizes Dosher's career work on attention and perceptual learning

Barbara Dosher, UCI social sciences dean and cognitive sciences Distinguished Professor, is the 2013 recipient of the Howard Crosby Warren Medal. Awarded by the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the medal is the oldest and one of the most prestigious awards in experimental psychology. The honor recognizes Dosher's nearly 40-year academic career spent studying the distinct forms and processes of attention, memory and perceptual learning. Dosher is the third UCI recipient of the Warren Medal; past recipients include George Sperling, cognitive sciences Distinguished Professor (1996) and Elizabeth Loftus, social ecology, psychology & social behavior and law Distinguished Professor (2010). Dosher received her award at the 109th annual meeting of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, held March 28-30 at Brown University.

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Snow receives lifetime achievement award for social movement research

Honor awarded by Notre Dame's Center for the Study of Social Movements

David Snow, UCI sociology Distinguished Professor, is the 2013 recipient of the John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior. Awarded by the University of Notre Dame Center for the Study of Social Movements, the honor recognizes Snow for his extraordinary achievements in social movement research and mentorship of interdisciplinary scholars. Snow is the seventh scholar to receive the McCarthy award since its founding in 2006. He will be honored at a special award ceremony May 4 at Notre Dame where he will also deliver a public lecture at the fourth annual Young Scholars in Social Movements Conference.

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Garfias named honorary member of Society for Ethnomusicology

Honor recognizes anthropology professor's contributions to the society and the field

Robert Garfias, anthropology professor and world renowned ethnomusicologist, has been given honorary membership to the Society for Ethnomusicology in recognition of his service to the society and field. Throughout his career, Garfias has conducted field research in more than a dozen areas of the world, including Japan, Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines, Mexico, Romania, Turkey, Mozambique, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Burma, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Zimbabwe, mastering the languages of many of these places. His vast collection of documentary films and sound recordings (both field and studio recordings of visiting artists and others who visited the Seattle area) can be found in the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives.

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Poirier named inaugural fellow

International Society of Bayesian Analysis recognizes economist for contributions in statistical work

Dale Poirier, UCI economics professor, has been named an inaugural fellow of the International Society of Bayesian Analysis. He is one of 20 scholars selected for outstanding contributions in statistical work. Founded in 1992, the International Society for Bayesian Analysis supports development and application of Bayesian analysis in theoretical and applied problems in science, industry and government. Poirier joined the UCI faculty in 1999. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, American Statistical Association, and Journal of Econometrics. He currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Econometrics and recently published a chapter in the Handbook of Bayesian Econometrics.

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Nucho receives grant to make films in Lebanon

Project allows anthro grad student to return to her fieldwork site

Joanne Nucho, anthropology graduate student, has received a $5,000 Wenner-Gren Engaged Anthropology Grant to organize an ethnographic filmmaking workshop for young adults in Lebanon. Her project, "Imagining the City: Ethnographic Film Workshop in Bourj Hammoud," will create an opportunity for students to learn ethnographic filmmaking techniques as well as no-cost methods of distribution via social networking. Through this project, the students may create their own representations of their community and their city, as well as their everyday life experiences in Bourj Hammoud, where Nucho conducted her fieldwork research. The project begins December 2013.

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Carlos receives fellowship to study co-ops

Research will give perspective on community and employee work-life impact

Alfredo Carlos, political science graduate student, has been awarded a $5,000 Q. A. Shaw McKean Jr. Fellowship in Democratic Capitalism to support his dissertation research on worker-owned and developed cooperative work environments. Using observations and interviews with employees at two co-ops – WAGES and Evergreen Cooperatives – he plans to show how these organizations are transforming low-income communities by providing meaningful ownership jobs with dignity. The project will involve travel to Oakland and Cleveland where the co-ops are based. The award is funded by the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations and will cover March-September 2013.

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Hernandez named 2013 Fulbright Scholar

Opportunity provides funding for 10-month teaching assistantship in Colombia

Felipe Hernandez, a political science and music-performance double major, has been named a 2013 Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholar. He is one of only 25 students selected nationally to receive an English teaching assistantship to Colombia that will allow him to spend 10 months teaching English in the South American country. The news comes one year after Hernandez was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship for his leadership excellence, commitment to serving others in the community and dedication to creating change. Additional UCI Fulbright winners for 2013 are Soraya Azzawi, neurobiology major, and Armaan Rowther, biology major. Both will be traveling to Jordan on research grants.

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Labanieh receives Boukai Foundation scholarship

Honor includes $2,000 prize

An entrepreneurial spirit led Bellal Labanieh, political science senior, to UCI. As a young boy, he remembers selling candy at school and hosting mini-garage sales to unload old toys for a profit. "I wanted to come to UCI because it is one of the fastest growing UCs out there," he says. "It is a wonderful feeling seeing the development of the school since my freshman year and I know that UCI will continue to grow and rival some of the major universities." Since coming to campus from Villa Park High School, Labanieh put his energy into the Undergraduate Finance Association which he currently heads as president. He interned with Harvey & Co., Johnson & Johnson and Broadcom to further develop his leadership and business skills. He also started a company with friends called Spawnd which provides on online platform for gamers to accumulate points for exclusive discounts and promotions.

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Tenth Annual Kiang Lecture: Can China's Urbanization Save the World?

April 11, 2013, Reception @ 6:00 p.m., Talk @ 7:00 p.m.
Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway (SBSG) Patio and Room 1517

As China enters the urban age (more than half its population now lives in towns and cities), a critical part of its development is the "urban dream" - the promotion of urbanization to generate household consumption to put the economy on a sustainable footing. This would steer China away from the current export- and investment-driven growth model, which has been long considered unbalanced and unsustainable. Premier Li Keqiang has championed urbanization for years. Can he do it right and help China reach its urban dream? Kam Wing Chan, geography professor at the University of Washington will discuss the potential of the China market in the 10th annual Wan-Lin Kiang Lecture, hosted by the Center for Asian Studies.

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FregeFest IV

April 12-13, Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1321

Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege was a German mathematician, logician and philosopher who became famous for formalizing the notion of a mathematical proof in terms that are still accepted today. Every other year, UCI's Department of Logic & Philosophy of Science hosts a conference in his honor during which experts on Frege's work come together to present their current research. This year's speakers include Agustín Rayo (MIT), Alex Oldemeier (Leeds), Clinton Tolley (UCSD), Michael Kremer (Chicago), Patricia Blanchette (Notre Dame), and Peter Hylton (University of Illinois, Chicago).

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Wisdom of the Crowd

April 18-19, Social Science Plaza A, Room 2112

The Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences presents a two-day conference on wisdom of the crowd. Featured UCI speakers include Stergios Skaperdas, economics; Mark Steyvers, cognitive sciences; Michael Lee, cognitive sciences; and William Batchelder, cognitive sciences.

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Celebrate UCI

April 20, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., UCI Aldrich Park

Come Celebrate UCI! This spring event features an outdoor festival, open house, car show and Wayzgoose, UCI's oldest tradition, a student run festival in Aldrich Park filled with live entertainment, food, games and rides for UCI and the community. Many offices and services will be open and available with information for everyone - especially prospective students. This includes academic program information and sessions; campus, housing and recreation facilities tours; Financial Aid and Admissions; and much more.

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EXPERT SERIES: Competition is Coming to Your Wallet: How New Technologies are Changing Money

April 25 @ 6:00 p.m., Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1517

Money is changing. Digital payments are transforming traditional practices like barter and remittance flows, as well as everyday purchases at the retail point of sale. Join the School of Social Sciences for the final lecture in the three-part Expert Series as a panel of professionals and researchers discuss the changing landscape of payment and its implications for the nature of money. Presenters include: Mark Moore, Principal Attorney, Aldrich, Bonnefin and Moore; James Hull, Professor, Department of Sociology, UC Irvine; Bill Maurer, Professor, Department of Anthropology and Associate Dean, Social Sciences, UC Irvine; Jessamy Norton-Ford, Graduate Student, Department of Cognitive Sciences, UC Irvine; Melissa Louden, Graduate Student, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California; and Lana Swartz, Graduate Student, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California. The panel will be moderated by Mic Bowman, Principal Engineer, Intel Labs.

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