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Social policy & public service

Revamped major emphasizes community service with practical application

Many UCI students choose to dedicate their free time to community and non-profit organizations, simply because they want to make a difference. It’s an honorable trait that community-minded anteaters share, and now with the revamped social policy and public service major, they are learning how to turn that desire to serve into a career. At the heart of the program is a 300-hour community service requirement. Coupled with the major’s math and statistics focus, students get first-hand experience with real-world tools that will serve them in their future careers. “To their benefit, students come out with both quantitative and qualitative training,” says Jeanett Castellanos, social sciences lecturer and program administrator. “For me, it’s really important that they go into the workforce or grad school with those analytical skills.” More...


Commencement 2015

More than 2000 degrees
conferred to soc sci's
newest alums

2015 Schonfeld Scholar

Anthro and business admin major Asthana earns top scholarship

Odds of arrest 3 times higher for people viewed as black, study finds

UCI-Stanford duo examine cases where perceived & self-reported race differ

The art of storytelling

Sociology professor receives grant to study how stories can help and hurt causes

Lave prize winner announced

Economics grad student Chehras honored for research

Order of Merit for Allison

Fifth-year grad student receives Outstanding Scholarship award

Lee to serve as chair-elect of ASA Section on International Migration

One-year term begins in August following annual meeting

Pay attention

Cognitive scientists study how the brain tunes out distractions

Path to professorship

Graduate student and future professor honored with Kathy Alberti prize

Outstanding researchers

Soc sci awards $5,000 prizes to faculty for research support

Age discrimination in the workplace

Econ prof describes employment barriers faced by older workers and how federal law might help

Do we see reality as it is?

Cog sci prof Don Hoffman explains in TED talk

in the media

Lee & Vallejo on "new" immigration

Amenta on polling
The Conversation

Data mining start up Enigma to expand commercial business
DaCosta, The New York Times

Good day Wisconsin - Latino votes
DeSipio, Fox

Clinton stands apart from GOP on immigration
DeSipio, USA Today

Jeb Bush doesn't know Charleston shooter's motive
Tesler, MSNBC

Why conservatives want to make Charleston about "religious liberty"
Tesler, Vox

Is Hillary Clinton's apprenticeship proposal a good idea?
Neumark, International Business Times

Asian-Americans and the 'bamboo ceiling'
Lee, Houston Chronicle

Longtime student leader at Milpitas High heads to UC Irvine
Louie, San Jose Mercury News

How the first 'horse race' poll changed American political history
Amenta, The Conversation

Orphaned in Mexico, siblings triumph in graduating from SoCal universities
Casavantes Bradford, Los Angeles Times and Daily Pilot

Fined for having baby, unwed couple ask Chinese public to pitch in
Wang Feng, New York Times

Model calculates how air transport connects the world
Brueckner, Lab Equipment

How a group of female inmates won the right to live with their children
Turney, Vice

Those perceived as black arrested three times more often: UC Irvine-Stanford study
Penner, OC Weekly

DaCosta on
big data
The New York Times

Ruiz on immigration

Why you shouldn't freak out about the wired play date on The New Yorker cover
Ito, Huffington Post

Most discussions on climate change ignore these 10 basic facts about human nature
Meyer, Vox

Using the n-word is more common than you (or President Obama) may think
Tesler, Washington Post

Fifty years of "new" immigration
Lee and Vallejo, Contexts

For Asian Americans, standardized testing is its own costly, hyper-competitive culture
Lee, Quartz

UCI contest draws proposals to alleviate poverty
Chakraborty, Orange County Register

10 things you want to know about human nature if you're fighting climate change
Meyer, Grist

The myth of a white minority (Opinion)
Lee and Bean, The New York Times

What Facebook posts reveal about your personality
Ito, ABC 5, The Now Cincinnati

Smiling can lead to new relationships
Campos, Health Day, U.S. News & World Report

Why Asian-Americans shouldn't chuck affirmative action out the window
Lee, Zocalo Public Square

China's hot new luxury product: The SAT
Hail, Foreign Policy

Demand-based pricing: How you can pay more (or less) for Disneyland, Angels, golf and more
Brueckner, Orange County Register, Bloomberg

Norman on Turkish refugees

Lee on affirmative action
Zocalo Public Square

Why don't the poor rise up?
Snow, The New York Times

Refugees in Turkey: Implications of increasing politicization
Norman, Jadaliyya

Is America economically segregated?
Neumark, CNN

Why Minecraft rewrites the playbook for learning
Ito, BoingBoing Post

Poll finds many support path to citizenship
DeSipio, Orange County Register

Election 2016: Martin O'Malley's immigration reform efforts do battle against Hillary Clinton's
DeSipio, International Business Times

Immigration: Legal path for undocumented residents gains favor poll finds
DeSipio, The Press Enterprise

TGA Premier Junior Golf launches fourth franchise in Los Angeles (press release)
Kornmaier, World Golf

25 moments that changed America (Slide 18 of 25)
Ruiz, Time

CBS 2 News at 4:30 - David Neumark
Neumark, KCBS

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman: Can we handle the truth?
Hoffman, Science Channel

Marriage equality backlash did not slow progress for gay and lesbian couples: UCI (Blog)
Smith, OC Weekly

Virtual currency by the bit
Maurer, AG Web

Everything you need to know about L.A.'s record-setting wage increase
Neumark, Refinery 29

Same-sex marriage ruling date intentional, profs say
Smith, My News LA

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