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Welcome, Anteaters!
A message from Bill Maurer, social sciences dean
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A scholar-activist for undocumented students
Laura Enriquez, UCI Chicano/Latino studies associate professor, earns Academic Senate award for outstanding early career accomplishments
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A straightforward style
UCI sociology professor Judith Stepan-Norris earns Academic Senate Award for service, an honor that spotlights her consensus building leadership approach and equity-driven work
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A novel life
UCI professor Héctor Tobar pens novel about real-life world traveler and would-be-writer
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Hispanic Heritage Month
How UCI helps Latinx students strive and thrive
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Online brain games show learning ability in one area can predict performance in another
UCI-led study published online in Nature Human Behaviour
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Unlocking mysteries of the bilingual mind
Prestigious grants fuel language science graduate student Christian Navarro-Torres' research
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How technology impacts credit unions and their members
Maurer receives renewed three-year funding commitment from Filene Research Institute to support projects tied to cash, credit
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Transforming the role of robots in society
UC team receives $1 million grant from National Science Foundation's National Robotics Initiative to develop improved telepresence robots for children with medical conditions and disabilities
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sierra rankings
UCI is No. 1 in Sierra magazine’s 2020 ‘Cool Schools’ ranking of sustainability leaders
Campus has been in top 10 for unmatched 11 straight years, with 4 first-place finishes
wall street journal rankings
UCI is No. 2 in nation for diversity in 2021 Wall Street Journal ranking
Placement highlights campus racial and ethnic diversity
us news and world report
UCI is ranked among nation's top 10 public universities for sixth year in a row
Campus also climbs to No. 2 for social mobility in annual U.S. News evaluation
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in the media
Social sciences faculty and graduate students are consistently sought by media for their expertise in areas ranging from digital play to gender pay. Check out some of our top hits, self-authored pieces, and on-air interviews below, or visit us online for the full run down.
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Bridging America's divides requires a willingness to work together without becoming friends first, says UCI sociologist Francesca Polletta in this piece for The Conversation.

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Strings on weight and health
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Butts on COVID-19 and Twitter
Medical Xpress
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Grossman on brain resiliency
Science Daily
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Glazer on Angels Stadium sale
Voice of OC
Zot Zeries: Advancing Equity in the Age of COVID-19
5:00-6:00 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Bill Maurer, Dean, School of Social Sciences, Professor, Anthropology and Law, and Director, Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, UCI; Colin Bernatzky, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, UCI; Alana LeBrón, Assistant Professor, Chicano/Latino Studies, UCI; Annie Ro, Assistant Professor, Public Health Administration, UCI; Graeme Boushey, Associate Professor, Political Science and Director, Jack W. Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy, UCI; Laura Enriquez, Associate Professor, Chicano/Latino Studies, UCI.
Diversions: How the Underrepresentation of Research on Advantaged Groups Leaves Explanations for Health Inequalities Incomplete
12:30-1:30 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Bruce G. Link, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, University of California, Riverside.
How Chinese Netizens Use the Internet
4:30-5:30 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Shaohua Guo, Carleton College and Charles Chang, Duke Kunshan University.
Black and Brown Voices Matter
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required via email to

featuring John Baugh, Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in Arts and Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis.
Of Love and Papers: How Immigration Policy Affects Romance and Family
12:00-1:00 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Laura Enriquez, Associate Professor, Chicano/Latino Studies, UCI.
Los Quince: Legacy, Community, Adelante
1:00-2:00 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

Department of Chicano/Latino Studies Panel.
Is the Federal Reserve Contributing to Economic Inequality?
5:00-6:00 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Mary Daly, President, San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank.
Toward Social Justice: New Books by Latinx Scholars
3:00-4:00 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Laura E. Enriquez, Associate Professor, Chicano/Latino Studies, UCI; Michael Méndez, Assistant Professor, Urban Planning and Public Policy, UCI; María Rendón, Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Public Policy, UCI.
Central Americans and AfroLatinidades
3:00-4:30 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Victoria González-Rivera, Ph.D., Latin American History, Indiana University.
Financial Legacies: Slavery and the History of Banking
5:00-6:30 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Bill Maurer (UCI Social Sciences), Peter Hudson (UCLA), Mehrsa Baradaran (UCI Law) .
Empowering Imaginaries and Engagement
Two-day conference | Zoom (pre-registration required)

A two-day Zoom conference to celebrate and learn about the diversity of approaches to investigating and disseminating the Latinx experience.
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