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September 2014

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Fall Quarter Begins
September 29, 2014

Welcome Week
September 29, 2014 - October 1, 2014

College Access, Initial College Choice and Degree Completion
September 30, 2014

Fall Instruction Begins
October 2, 2014

How to Use Quantum Mechanics Locally to Explain Non-localized Correlations
October 10, 2014

Alumni Networking in New York City
October 15, 2014

Imperatives and Extreme Modality
October 17, 2014

Memorial Celebration: Robert "Bob" Newcomb
October 19, 2014

In Good Company? On Hume's Principle and the Assignment of Numbers to Infinite Concepts
October 24, 2014

Event Calendar

Social Sciences
in the Media

Don't let facts get in the way, Governor (Op-Ed)
Rumbaut, San Antonio Express-News

Jammed Beijing clamping down fails to stem migration
Wang Feng, Bloomberg News

Charts: Kids are paying the price for America's prison binge
Turney, Mother Jones

Study: Parental incarceration may be worse than divorce
Turney, USA Today, 9NEWS

America's mass incarceration problem is making kids sick
Turney, Salon

Never mind the mug shot: Legal troubles bringing out presidential side of Texas Gov. Perry
DeSipio, Fox News Latino

Why you need a vacation
Hickok, Clarion-Ledger

7 benefits of taking vacation time
Hickok, Deseret News

2 Bay area chefs competing in 'Top Chef'
King, Mercury News

UC Irvine study finds children of incarcerated parents suffer more health, behavioral woes
Turney, OC Weekly

Using mobile money to buy water and solar power in east Africa
Maurer, The Guardian

Rise in attacks on police reflects lingering tensions
Rumbaut, USA Today

Stile: Hands-off approach on immigration helps Christie
DeSipio, NorthJersey.com

How mass incarceration hurts children
Turney, U.S. News & World Report

Loss of a parent: Study shows prison is as devastating as divorce or death
Turney, HealthlineNews

For many kids, parent in jail can be worse than divorce, parental death
Turney, PsychCentral

'Parents in jail' can be more devastating for kids than divorce, parental death
Turney, Business Standard, MedIndia, AllVoices, Daily India

Parental incarceration can be worse for a child than divorce or death of a parent
Turney, Science Codex, Phys.org, e! Science News

Middle-aged women missing passion (and sex) seek affairs, not divorce
Rafalow, Science Codex, Science Newsline, News Medical

Denver transit-oriented developments reflect planners' misguided mania for density
Brownstone, Coalition On Sustainable Transportation

AM Alert: Appropriations committees take up plastic bag ban, hundreds more bills
Maurer, Fresno Bee

Inflammation data clash
Hickok, The Scientist

Busting some persistent myths about the brain
Hickok, Brisbane Times

Breach of trust in minimum wage debate (Blog)
Neumark, The Hill

Wedding rebound: Cupid's work paying off at the altar again
Treas, Orange County Register

Three myths about the brain (Op-ed)
Hickok, The New York Times

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Howard Gillman named UCI's sixth chancellor

UC President Janet Napolitano sends her recommendation to regents for confirmation Sept. 18

University of California President Janet Napolitano announced September 4 that she has selected UC Irvine Provost Howard Gillman, Ph.D., now serving as interim chancellor, to lead the campus as its sixth chancellor. Gillman, 55, the first in his family to go to college, is a time-tested leader who has received multiple awards for both his scholarship and teaching. He assumed the role of interim chancellor July 1 after Michael V. Drake, M.D., became president of the Ohio State University. The UC Board of Regents will vote on the selection and terms of appointment in a special session to be scheduled for Sept. 18 during the regents' regular bi-monthly meeting in San Francisco. Appointed provost and executive vice chancellor in June 2013, Gillman, a professor of political science, history and law, has served since then as the chief academic and operating officer, working closely with UCI's five vice chancellors, 12 deans, the university librarian, Academic Senate leadership and the chief executive officer of the Medical Center.

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Parental incarceration linked to health, behavioral issues in children

UCI study finds it can be more detrimental than divorce or death of mother, father

The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with more than 2 million people currently behind bars. How this affects their families is the subject of a new UC Irvine study, which found significant health and behavioral problems in children of incarcerated parents. The most striking finding is that in some cases parental incarceration can be more detrimental to a child's well-being than divorce or the death of a parent. "We know that poor people and racial minorities are incarcerated at higher rates than the rest of the population, and incarceration further hinders the health and development of children who are already experiencing significant challenges," said study author Kristin Turney, assistant professor of sociology at UC Irvine. When comparing children with similar demographic, socioeconomic and familial characteristics, the study found that having a parent in jail was linked to a greater incidence of asthma, obesity, attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and anxiety.

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A look at labor

UCI researchers offer highlights from their studies about work – how we do it, and what we produce

Looking for a little Labor Day trivia? Search no further than research centers at UC Irvine. Professors in computer science, social sciences and more have looked at different aspects of workers' daily endeavors. Here are some examples.

The domestic duty divide: Determining who cooks and who cleans in a household may feel like a personal decision couples make, but UCI sociologist Judith Treas says culture and societal characteristics have a major influence on how such duties get divvied up in homes around the globe.

Help wanted: Farmers, construction supervisors and hotel managers may soon be scrambling to fill employment vacancies left by aging baby boomers, says UCI sociologist Frank Bean, but a U.S.-born labor force needed to replace them may not be there.

Minimum wage, maximum woe? In his book, Minimum Wages, UCI economics professor David Neumark warns against increasing the federal minimum wage. He argues such moves hurt younger workers by pitting them against older, more skilled adults when competing for the same jobs.

Tax credit doesn't benefit single parent families during recession: When the economy tanks, subsidy programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit can become unintended safety-nets for lower income working families trying to make ends meet. A study by UCI economist Marianne Bitler looks at this program's new role, finding that married couples with children benefit more from the subsidy when times are worse than do single parent households, who otherwise constitute the majority of EITC recipients.

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Capital gains

Students in UCI internship program acquire real-world experience in Washington, D.C.

This summer, 48 Anteaters traveled to our nation's capital to participate in the UCDC Internship Program, in which undergraduates and new grads explore career options in Washington government offices, nonprofits and special interest groups. UC Irvine's Career Center has for the past 32 years assisted in placing students in these coveted 10-week internships. Here, a few of the current cadre talk about the unique experiential learning opportunity.

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UC Irvine hoops alum Darren Fells earns NFL spot

Ranks No. 3 in UCI basketball history in rebounding

Darren Fells, sociology '14 and standout for the the UC Irvine basketball program from 2004-08, has earned a spot as a tight end with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. Fells is on the Cardinals' 53-man roster following final cuts August 30 and the waiver-claim deadline that passed August 31. He had seven receptions for 68 yards and one touchdown in four preseason games for Arizona. The Cardinals open the regular season hosting the San Diego Chargers September 8 at 7:20 p.m. on ESPN.

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A distinguished career

Sociologist Rubén Rumbaut honored for research on education and immigrant populations

Rubén G. Rumbaut, UC Irvine professor of sociology, is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association Section on International Migration. Rumbaut is internationally known and widely cited for his research on children and young adults raised in immigrant families of diverse nationalities and socioeconomic classes. He has authored, co-authored or edited numerous publications on the topic, including 14 books – with two more forthcoming. Rumbaut earned two best book awards from the American Sociological Association and, as a National Academy of Sciences panel member, contributed to two authoritative volumes on the U.S. Hispanic population. In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Education in recognition of his outstanding contributions in educational research and policy development.

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Smith is two-time winner of APSA's Bailey Award

Honor recognizes best paper on an LGBT topic

Charles Anthony "Tony" Smith, political science associate professor, is a two-time recipient of the Bailey Award presented by the LGBT Caucus of the American Political Science Association (APSA). The award is presented each year at the annual APSA conference to the author of the best paper on an LGBT topic presented at the previous year's conference. Smith first received the award in 2011 for his study on legislative representation of gays and lesbians. His 2014 award winning paper examines the theory of public opinion backlash against gays and lesbians, finding no evidence of opinion backlash among the general public, by members of groups predisposed to dislike gays and lesbians, or those with psychological traits that may predispose them to lash back.

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Vossmeyer receives 2014 Kassouf Fellowship

Honor recognizes excellence in economics coursework and research

Angela Vossmeyer, economics graduate student, is the 2014 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 recognizes an economics graduate student each year who demonstrates excellence in coursework and research. Vossmeyer received her undergraduate degree in economics from UC Irvine in 2010. A native of La Crescenta, California, she came to UCI because of the location, but stayed on as a graduate student because of the strong rapport she developed with a number of faculty members, including Ivan Jeliazkov and Gary Richardson, now two of her economics graduate advisors.

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UC Irvine is 'Coolest School' in nation

Sierra Club ranking reflects campus commitment to energy efficiency, sustainability

UC Irvine has placed first in Sierra magazine's eighth annual ranking of the country's "Coolest Schools," marking the fifth consecutive year the university has been included among the top 10 "greenest" campuses nationwide. The Sierra Club publication's September/October cover story spotlights what colleges are doing to address climate issues and operate sustainably. It commends UCI for its academic and research achievements in those endeavors; its three on-campus solar projects; and its energy efficiency goals that consistently exceed federal and state guidelines.

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Alumni Networking in New York City

October 15, 2014 | Hurley's Saloon, New York City

Calling all New York Anteaters: Join Bill Maurer, School of Social Sciences dean, and Joseph Lewis III, Claire Trevor School of the Arts dean, for a joint alumni networking event October 15. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with fellow alumni and business professionals from across the East Coast at UC Irvine's first networking event in the Big Apple. Join us for an evening of conversation and complimentary beverages and appetizers.

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