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Michael McBride
UCI Experts On: Baseball statistics
With the World Series underway, MVP talks are already in play. But will the final pick actually be the most valuable player? UCI economist and Little League coach Mike McBride has found that half the time over the last 30 years the title has gone to the wrong player when accounting for who mattered most in delivering the team's win. In our most recent Experts On episode, McBride breaks down baseball and a new metric that puts team contributions, rather than individual skill, at the forefront of player valuation.
Sara Mednick
How to beat the dreaded midday slump
UCI cognitive scientist Sara Mednick offers pointers on how to recharge in this podcast with Slate
Alex Pina
Fostering a global perspective
UCI's new Ph.D. program in global studies diversifies education and supports the next generation's appreciation of place in complex, interrelated post-nationalist world
NSF Build and Broaden
Removing barriers, expanding reach
UCI social scientists receive more than $500,000 from National Science Foundation to "build and broaden" research, opportunities among minority-serving institutions
Nishtha Sharma
Understanding economic inequality, one experiment at a time
UCI economics graduate student Nishtha Sharma pursues research, applied internship experience on the ways economic discrimination affects individuals' decisions
Belinda Campos
UCI Experts On: Health and Happiness
Belinda Campos, UCI Chicano/Latino studies professor and chair, dives into her research on unique sociocultural contexts that can be beneficial for relationships and protective of health
Shauna Gillooly
Research in action
Now that her dissertation has been defended, Shauna Gillooly '21 political science Ph.D. reflects on the research practices she learned at UCI and how they've prepared her for a fellowship with a nonprofit
Vellore Arthi
A macro perspective
UCI economist Vellore Arthi receives Russell Sage Foundation grant to study role of crises in disrupting, exacerbating disparities
Hector Tobar
UCI Podcast: Hector Tobar on the diverse faces of Latino America
The acclaimed Chicano/Latino studies and literary journalism scholar and writer embarked on a 9,000-mile roadtrip to explore Latinx identities across the U.S.
Wu and LeBron
UCI public health launches Center for Environmental Health Disparities Research
Co-led by professors Jun Wu and Alana M.W. LeBron, center will be a regional leader in promoting health equity and environmental justice through public health research and practice
UCI sociologists are making their mark
Faculty, students and alumni elected key leaders, named award recipients at American Sociological Association annual meeting
Tony Smith
Smith named editor in chief of Political Research Quarterly
Four-year term offers political scientist opportunity to advance inclusive excellence through deliberate design of large, diverse editorial team
Hispanic Heritage Month
ICYMI: Hispanic Heritage Month special report
Watch, listen and learn how UCI soc sci Latinx faculty, staff and students play an irreplaceable role in the school’s research, teaching and critical service missions
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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.
Kim Fortun

Kim Fortun, anthropology, provided expert perspective on the Orange County oil spill this month in a segment with KCBS2. Watch.
Samar Al-Bulushi
Etel Solingen
Brian Jenkins
Jenkins on
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Samantha Vortherms
Vortherms on
China Daily
Kristin Turney

"Given the importance of future orientation to subsequent contact with the criminal justice system for future health and generalized life success, actions should be taken to mitigate any negative consequences of police contact on the future orientation of adolescents," says Kristin Turney, professor of sociology at UCI and a coauthor of a new study on how adolescents' experiences with police have harmful repercussions for later life outcomes. More courtesy of
Danielle Thomsen
Thomsen on
U.S. politics
Washington Monthly
Gustavo Oliveira
Oliveira on
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Li Zhang
Zhang on
Tony Smith
Smith on
Notes on Becoming a Comrade: Solidarity and Future-Making
5:00-6:20 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Jaskiran Dhillon, Ph.D., Department of Global Studies, The New School
Communicating Coastal Ecologies
6:00-7:30 a.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Oviya Govindan, Graduate Student, Anthropology, UCI
Splitting Cycles, Breaking Ties
3:00-5:00 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Wesley H. Holliday, UC Berkeley
Early Life Experiences and Health Across the Life Course: Risks and Opportunities
12:30-1:30 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Natalie Slopen, Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Coloniality, Regimes of Disposability and COVID19 on the African Continent
5:00-6:20 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Marilyn Grell-Brisk, Ph.D., Institute for Research on World-Systems, University of California, Riverside
The Arab Spring Abroad: Diaspora Activism Against Authoritarian Regimes
12:00-1:30 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Dana Moss, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame | part of the Hal Smith Lecture Series
Rob Them: Competing Ontological Traditions in Geographical Contestations
5:00-6:20 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Stephanie Jones, Department of Sociology, University of California, Irvine
Just-in-Time Car Production in Post-NAFTA Mexico
5:00-6:20 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Alejandra Gonzalez Jimenez, Ph.D., Independent Scholar
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