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Vicki Ruiz receives National Humanities Medal from President Obama

Honor recognizes nation's top change-makers in history, literature, languages

Vicki Ruiz, Distinguished Professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California, Irvine and president of the American Historical Association, has been named a recipient of the 2014 National Humanities Medal. She is among 10 honorees from elite universities nationwide who accepted the award from President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday, Sept. 10.

The National Humanities Medal recognizes those who have deepened the country's understanding of humanities and broadened citizens' engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy and other such disciplines. Recipients are selected by the president of the United States in association with the National Endowment for the Humanities. More...


Fall 2015 dean's welcome

From Bill Maurer, social sciences dean

We got the Zot!

Social sciences earns coveted commencement spirit award; dean leads new students in first official "Zot!" at convocation

UCI tops New York Times ranking of best colleges for low-income students

Campus's outreach to the underrepresented makes it No. 1 on this year's College Access Index

UCI students set new Guinness world record

Waves of Anteaters - 2,888, to be exact - clash in epic battle of capture the flag

UCI Mock Trial wants YOU!

Join UCI Mock Trial - one of the top ranked teams in the nation!

A (virtual) world without Parkinson's

Anthropologist studies how people with disabilities make use of new online technologies

Neumark to study long-run effects of minimum wage

Funding provided by Employment Policies Institute

Determining consensus from complex questions

Cognitive sciences professor Bill Batchelder receives grant to expand models and strategies behind Cultural Consensus Theory

Malament receives Lakatos Award

Honor recognizes logic & philosophy of science Distinguished Professor for outstanding work in philosophy of science

Federal court picks expert to aide in redistricting

Bernie Grofman, political science professor, tapped for expertise

Airfares drop when bag fees are in play

Study by Brueckner featured in Journal of Economics & Management Strategy

Redefining disability

Anthropology grad student finds research inspiration close to home

Excellence in leadership

Social sciences undergraduate affairs director Helen Morgan '92 recognized for staff leadership excellence

Order of the Laurel

Undergrad advisor Kurt Hessinger '97 honored by UCI Greek system students for outstanding commitment

Lee awarded Bestor Prize from Society for East Asian Anthropology

Honor recognizes anthro grad student for research on East Asian culture

watch & listen

VIDEO: Social sciences welcomes 10 new faculty in fall

Interests span politics, race, immigration, neuroscience, money and banking, space and time, family, and health

AUDIO: How has the tone of immigration debate changed over the decades?

Leo Chavez explains on Southern California Public Radio

AUDIO: Shades of gray

Loh Down on Science features cognitive scientist Alyssa Brewer's visual perception research

AUDIO: Political campaigns fav donations via Twitter

Ito on "slacktivism" courtesy of Marketplace

VIDEO: Ruiz to receive National Humanities Medal

KTLA clip highlights Ruiz's accomplishments and research

AUDIO: New trends in American immigration

Lee provides perspective, courtesy of WBUR

upcoming events

Festival of Discovery

Oct 3

Lethal Care: Pragmatic Solidarity and the West African Ebola Epidemic
October 1

WHO CARES? Workshop on the Economies, Technologies, and Ethics of Aid
October 1-2

Accuracy and the Laws of Credence
October 2

Festival of Discovery
October 3

In the Club: Strategic Admission, Membership, and Endogenous Splits
October 5

The Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Achievement
October 6

Transforming Migrations: Beyond the 1965 Act
Oct 8-9

Transforming Migrations: Beyond the 1965 Act
October 8-9

The Nature and Characteristic of Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State
October 12

The Political Competition for Land-Use
October 13

Undocumented in Dixie: Freedom University and the Undocumented Student Movement in Georgia
October 14

Learning a Liquidity Trap
October 14

Descartes and Newton on Deducing True Laws of Nature
October 16

Talking Currency Redesign with the U.S. Treasurer
Oct 29

Separate and Unequal in the Labor Market: Human Capital and the Jim Crow Wage Gap
October 19

Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion
October 22

Trading Down and the Business Cycle
October 28

Study Abroad in Africa: How, Why, Where?
October 29

Talking Currency Redesign with the U.S. Treasurer
October 29

No Child Left Alone: Moral Judgments about Parents Affect Estimates of Risk to Children
October 30

in the media

Tesler on the election
The Washington Post

Calling people fleeing their homes refugees instead of migrants is not enough
Norman, Muftah

New trends in American immigration (Audio)

Was the 1965 Immigration Act a failure?
Rumbaut, Zocalo PublicSquare

Scenes set in stone
Social Sciences Tower, Chimes

UCI to celebrate 50th with Festival of Discovery
Maurer, OC Register

Court picks professor to help redraw Virginia's congressional district lines
Grofman, Foreign Affairs (NZ)

Product unbundling in the travel industry: The economics of airline bag fees
Brueckner, Journal of Economic Management and Strategy

Federal court picks expert to aide in redistricting
Grofman, The Washington Post, Associated Press

"Masters of the People": China's new urban poor
Solinger, Dissent

Recession: Environmental issues remain important to public
Dalton, Nature World News

Poseidon, company that wants to build Huntington Beach desalination plant, donates $300K to politicians
Petracca, Orange County Register

Bernie Sanders's surge doesn't mean the Democratic race is wide open. Here's why
Tesler, The Washington Post

Minimum wage dilemma
Neumark, The Nation

Shouting back at Donald Trump
DeSipio, The Nation

How has the tone of immigration debate changed over the decades?
Chavez, Southern California Public Radio

Higher minimum wage puts the squeeze on business (Op-Ed)
Neumark, Miami Herald

Solinger on China

Political campaigns fav donations via Twitter (audio)
Ito, Marketplace

Expert view: 'Any good financial inclusion policy must address gender'
Maurer, Inclusion Hub

Harriet Tubman for new $10 note, say historians
Maurer, Bloomberg Business, The Daily Herald

A medal for a King - and for many of America's greatest living artists
Ruiz, NPR

Obama honors arts luminaries Including Sally Field
Ruiz, The New York Times

UC Irvine's Ruiz among arts and humanities figures honored at White House by President Obama
Ruiz, Orange County Register

Obama honors Venice artist, UC Irvine professor with medals
Ruiz, Southern California Public Radio

How the pro-life movement is winning -- with a prochoice president in office
Meyer, MSN news (UK)

Online money transfers and the "Skype" of money
Maurer, Forbes India Magazine

Awards & Honors: 2014 National Humanities Medalist, Vicki Lynn Ruiz
Ruiz, National Endowment for the Humanities

How the pro-life movement is winning - even with Obama in office
Meyer, Vox

In Spain, and all of Europe, cities open doors to refugees
Rumbaut, Fortune

Ruiz to receive National Humanities Medal
Ruiz, KTLA

A post-labor day, minimum-wage hangover
Neumark, The Wall Street Journal

Obama to honor UC Irvine Latina history professor
Ruiz, Los Angeles Times

Rumbaut on immigration
Zocalo PublicSquare

Low-wage workers are about to get some of the biggest raises ever
Neumark, Daily Herald

UCI professor to receive honor from Obama
Ruiz, Daily Pilot

Obama to award arts medals to Sally Field, Stephen King
Ruiz, The New York Times

Obama to honor UCI history professor
Ruiz, Orange County Register

Historian Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham wins National Humanities Medal
Ruiz, History News Network

Ruiz to receive National Humanities Medal from President Obama
Ruiz, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine

Ruiz to receive National Humanities Medal
Ruiz, CBS 2

Low-wage workers are about to get some of the biggest raises they've ever seen
Neumark, The Washington Post

UCI history professor to be awarded National Humanities Medal by President Obama - a first for the university
Ruiz, Orange County Register

Shades of gray
Brewer, Loh Down on Science

Sally Field, 2 others from Southland to receive White House medals

Obama to honor UC Irvine professor

AHA President Vicki L. Ruiz named National Humanities Medalist
Ruiz, American Historical Association

Water money flows to city officials
Petracca, Orange County Register

Is Donald Trump more than just a political fad?
Meyer, Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune

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