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Using Federal Minimum Wages to Identify the Impact of Minimum Wages on Employment and Earnings Across the U.S. States
October 1, 2013

Liberated Africans and Digital Humanities: African Diaspora Reconsidered
October 1 & 2, 2013

The Macroeconomic Effects of Large-Scale Asset Purchase Programs
October 2, 2013

Social Sciences Welcome Reception
October 2, 2013

Threat Level Pink: State Homophobia and the Invention of an LGBT Menace
October 3, 2013

Grades of Inductive Skepticism
October 4, 2013

Effects of Large-scale Youth Employment Subsidies: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design
October 8, 2013

Film Workshop: Beginning and End
October 9, 2013

Latinas/os in the Crosshairs: Media and the Politics of Nativism
October 9, 2013

Figuring Exchange: Art and Money
October 14, 2013

Analyzing Treatment Effects under Regression Discontinuity Designs using Conditional Quantile Processes
October 14, 2013

Film Workshop: Place Without Limits
October 15, 2013

Mergers and Product Quality: Theory and Evidence from the Airline Industry
October 15, 2013

Film Workshop: Midaq Alley
October 16, 2013

Film Workshop: Romelia's Secret
October 23, 2013

Film Workshop: The Castle of Purity
October 29, 2013

Event Calendar

Social Sciences
in the Media

Anaheim council may limit mayor's authority
Petracca, Los Angeles Times

Immigration backers plan U.S. marches
DeSipio, azcentral.com

Mock Trial, Orange County Register

Parkinson's patient exploring virtual world
Boellstorff, U-T San Diego

Second Life's strange second life
Boellstorff, The Verge

Study: Blame the depth of the recession for the growth in welfare
Bitler, Washington Examiner

I [heart] the emoji revolution
Ito, The Boston Globe

The wrong way to reduce poverty: Column
Neumark, USA Today

Rick Perry's below-the-belt cheap shot
Neumark, Gazette.net

Hard truths about reaching a ceasefire in Syria (op-ed)
Wolf, The Hill's Congress Blog

Empty promises on minimum wage
Neumark, Orange County Register

Sage Hill panel to apply science to Wall St.
Weatherall, Orange County Register

Can Spanish survive in the US
Rumbaut, Being Latino

Making money off the poor
Avery, New York Times

UCI professor appears on PBS series 'Latino Americans'
Ruiz, Orange County Register

City leaders are in love with density but most city dwellers disagree
Brueckner, Daily Beast

They guessed wrong on gas, too
Cohen, Orange County Register

"Latino Americans"
Ruiz, NPR

California Legislature approves raising minimum wage to $10 - the highest of any state
Neumark, Contra Costa Times, Mercury Times, Inside Bay Area, San Jose Mercury News and The Herald

The minimum-wage muddle (Op-Ed)
Neumark, Washington Post, Daily Herald, Columbus Dispatch, Telegram and Investors.com

What to consider when you are considering donating
Lynch, The World

Is prosecuting Assad a better option than Syria strike?
Smith, Yahoo! News and MSN News Canada

Northwood Community Park celebrates new center
School of Social Sciences, OC Register

UC Irvine to offer online class based on The Walking Dead
Christopherson, Time

UC Irvine scares up a 'Walking Dead' online course
Christopherson, Los Angeles Times

UC Irvine teaches about society, science and survival in "Walking Dead"-based course
Christopherson, U.S. News & World Report

Cue the zombies: UCI offers 'Walking Dead' course
Christopherson, Orange County Register

'The Walking Dead' is getting scholarly
Christopherson, The Atlantic

'Walking Dead' 101: How you can take a free college course on the hit AMC drama
Christopherson, Yahoo! TV and MTV Geek

'The Walking Dead' inspires free online college course at University of California, Irvine
Christopherson, New York Daily News, CBS News, USA Today, Wired.com and Entertainment

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Social sciences reached its fundraising goal

Thanks to your kindness and generosity, the School of Social Sciences surpassed its fundraising goal October 30! Stay tuned to find out when you can expect to see social sciences' senior leadership Trekked out for the day.

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Social scientists collaborate to understand financial crisis and regulation

Nation Science Foundation-funded study calls on expertise from anthropology, sociology, economics and logic & philosophy of science

Five years after the 2008 crisis nearly brought down the global financial system, we still lack a clear understanding of what happened and how we might avoid similar situations in the future. In an innovative new project funded by the National Science Foundation, four professors in the School of Social Sciences are working together to find answers. "Most efforts to understand the crisis and the work of regulators have come from one discipline," says Nina Bandelj, sociologist and one of the lead researchers on the team. "We're bringing together training and experience from anthropology, economics, sociology, history and philosophy of science to address issues like how regulators may know a crisis is brewing and how financial models, data and questions change in times of crisis." Working with Bandelj, who is also co-author of Economy and State: A Sociological Perspective and co-director of the UCI Center for Organizational Research, are Julia Elyachar, anthropology associate professor, author of Markets of Dispossession: Economic Development, NGOs, and the State in Cairo, and director of the UCI Center for Global Peace & Conflict Studies; Gary Richardson, economics professor and historian; and James Weatherall, logic & philosophy of science assistant professor and author of The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable.

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APSA honors UCI Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor

Howard Gillman honored for scholarly writing, service

UC Irvine Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Howard Gillman received two awards at a recent meeting of the American Political Science Association in Chicago. Both were bestowed by APSA's Law & Courts Section. Gillman accepted the 2013 Teaching & Mentoring Award, along with Mark Graber of the University of Maryland and Keith Whittington of Princeton University, for their books American Constitutionalism: Vols. I and II (Oxford University Press). The publications were cited for their innovative emphasis on constitutionalism and American political development and for highlighting how the public and political actors, institutions and parties shape American constitutional government. Gillman was also presented with the 2012 Service Award – an honor delayed when last year's conference in New Orleans was cancelled because of Hurricane Isaac – for his longstanding committee work and organizational assistance to APSA's Law & Courts Section.

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Interviews with soc sci's top profs

What's your most significant research accomplishment and how has it made a difference?

We asked some of our National Academy members, Distinguished Professors, Chancellor's Professors and named chairs in social sciences to comment on the above and we got some really interesting responses. Learn more about their work below and be on the lookout for more videos.

  • Bernard Grofman, political science professor and Jack W. Peltason Endowed Chair, discusses his work to define racially polarized voting.
  • Mimi Ito, anthropology and informatics professor and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning, discusses her research on teenagers on the internet and how new technologies can help young people learn better.
  • Vicki Ruiz, Chicano/Latino studies Distinguished Professor and chair and history professor, discusses her work helping to establish the field of Chicano/Latino history with her research on Mexican-American women in the U.S. Southwest.
  • Donald Saari, economics and mathematics Distinguished Professor and Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences director, discusses his work on the evolution of the universe and other research.

  • UCI anthropologist's instrument collection on display at Musical Instrument Museum

    Collection includes 125 instruments from a half dozen countries

    A kayagum from Korea. A tanbur from Turkey. Tube zithers from the Philippines. These are a few of the 125 instruments currently on display at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, courtesy of UCI's Robert Garfias, anthropology professor and world renowned ethnomusicologist. Earlier this year, he contributed his entire collection of musical instruments to the museum, along with access to photographs and more than 64,000 feet of ethnographic film he has collected over his 51-year academic career.

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    Education's impact on health and fertility

    UCI economist studies potential links between staying in school longer and better health, fewer teen pregnancies

    Can a high school education help you live longer? New research by UCI economist Damon Clark says no, contrary to popular belief. "There's a lot of research out there suggesting a positive correlation between education and health; people who go to school longer report being healthier and many national health objectives include targets for high school completion rates," Clark says. "But current research fails to associate education as the cause of better health." Working with Heather Royer, Santa Barbara economics assistant professor, Clark obtained data from Great Britain's administrative records, covering a time period when laws changed requiring students to stay in school one year longer. The pair performed a regression analysis to determine whether an additional year of schooling contributed directly to better health outcomes, regardless of current population trends. They found that while the policy led to sharp increases in completed years of education and earnings, better health – judged by measuring mortality rates – was not affected. The findings, published in the October issue of the American Economic Review, got Clark looking at another angle – education and fertility rates.

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    Fletcher receives grant from National Science Foundation

    Funding will support the graduate student's dissertation on notions of similarity

    Samuel Fletcher, logic & philosophy of science graduate student, has received a $11,700 grant from the National Science Foundation to support his doctoral dissertation research on notions of similarity. "Notions of similarity play an important role in science for understanding concepts such as approximation and idealization and the relationships between different theories," he says. "I'm interested in how they work in the context of Einstein's general theory of relativity, our best current scientific theory of space, time, and gravitation." The study will help to reveal how notions of similarity constrain what we can know and what our theories take to be possible. Funding for the research began in September and will run through August 2014.

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    SPOTLIGHT EVENT: Aphasia: Hope is a four letter word

    Documentary screening and Q&A with UCI aphasia study participant kicks off 2013-14 Social Sciences Expert Series Nov 18

    Before it happened, Carl McIntyre was an actor. Not exactly a Hollywood phenom, but a successful actor with a couple of silver screen roles and a steady stream of television, stage and commercial gigs to his credit. But on the evening of September 15, 2005, while rocking his little boy to sleep, Carl's right arm and leg suddenly grew numb and then went completely dead. A large blood clot had dislodged from Carl's heart, traveling up to his brain and wedging itself inside a major artery, cutting off the blood supply and depriving most of his left hemisphere of oxygen. This is a stroke and Carl's was massive. In one instant, in his prime at age 44 with a wife and three young children, Carl acquired severe aphasia, loss of language ability due to brain injury.

    Join the School of Social Sciences for a screening of Carl's award-winning documentary Aphasia which chronicles his battle. Following the film, Carl and Greg Hickok, cognitive sciences professor, will give a short presentation and answer questions about aphasia research that Carl is involved in at UCI and how their findings may be able to partially remedy Carl's symptoms.

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    SPOTLIGHT EVENT: Charting a Course for the Affordable Care Act: Lessons from Health Economics

    Novemeber 5, 5:30-7:00 p.m., UCI Student Center, Crystal Cove Auditorium

    This talk features Dana Goldman, professor and Leonard D. Schaeffer Director's Chair at the University of Southern California. Until Fall 2009, he held RAND's Distinguished Chair in Health Economics and directed RAND's program in economics, finance, and organization. He is also an adjunct professor of health services and radiology at UCLA. Goldman is a nationally-recognized health economist influential in both academic and policy circles. He is the author of over 100 articles and book chapters, including articles in some of the most prestigious medical, economic, health policy, and statistics journals. He is a health policy advisor to the Congressional Budget Office, and is a frequent speaker on health care issues. He serves on several editorial boards including Health Affairs and the American Journal of Managed Care. He is also a founding editor of the Forum for Health Economics and Policy, an online journal devoted to health economics and health policy. Goldman's work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Business Week, U.S. News and World Report, The Economist, NBC Nightly News, CNN, National Public Radio, and other media.

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    SPOTLIGHT EVENT: The New Science of Pleasure: Consumer Choice Behavior and the Measurement of Well-Being

    Novemeber 4, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Social Sciences Plaza A, Room 2112

    This talk features Daniel McFadden, E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley, Presidential Professor of Health Economics, University of Southern California, and Nobel Laureate in Economics. Economists since the days of Adam Smith and Jeremy Bentham have traditionally viewed consumers as driven by relentless and consistent pursuit of self-interest, with their choices in the marketplace providing all the measurements needed to reveal their preferences and assess their well-being. This theory of consumer choice is empirically successful, and provides the foundation for most economic policy. However, the traditional view is now being challenged by evidence from cognitive psychology, anthropology, evolutionary biology, and neurology. This talk will begin by surveying the origins of neoclassical consumer choice theory and recent developments. Following this, McFadden will review the newer evidence on consumer behavior, and what this implies for the measurement of consumer choice behavior and well-being.

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