September Headlines

Fall/Winter 2007 Social Sciences Journal The Social Sciences Journal is a biannual publication of the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. The full journal is available online in pdf format at

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Tarow Indow
In memoriam Tarow Indow, 84, professor emeritus, Keio University and theUniversity of California, Irvine Professor emeritus Tarow Indow, an internationally known expert on the human visual system and semantic memory, passed away on September 22, 2007 following a month's hospitalization for a throat and lung disorder. Read on...

UCI professor one of nine selected world-wide to deliver distinguished lecture
Brian Skyrms, UC Irvine distinguished professor of logic and philosophy of science and economics, is one of only nine university professors selected world-wide to deliver an annual Tanner Lecture on Human Values. Read on...

Dalton elected president of APSA's Section on Political Organizations & Parties
Russell Dalton, political science professor, has been elected president of the American Political Science Association's (APSA) Section on Political Organizations and Parties (POP). As one of the largest research groups in the association, POP supports scholarship on American political parties, comparative political parties and interest groups. Read on...

Jumpstart community outreach program receives grant for 2007-2008 academic year

The School of Social Sciences' Jumpstart community outreach program has received a combined $111,645 grant from the national Jumpstart and AmeriCorps organizations to fund its 2007-2008 academic program. Read on...

Deborah Avant, the new face of International Studies at UC Irvine
"Things grow best when they are organic," says Deborah Avant in response to her plans for the School of Social Sciences' International Studies Program. As the new director, Avant will play a key leadership role in a program that houses one of the most popular majors on campus with nearly 700 undergraduate students as well as a minor in conflict resolution and a public forum series. Read on...

Cognitive scientists awarded $350,000 to study sensory measures
A team of UC Irvine cognitive scientists has received a $350,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study sensory measures. Led by R. Duncan Luce, distinguished research professor of cognitive sciences and economics at UC Irvine and recipient of the 2003 National Medal of Science, researchers will conduct auditory and visual tests in an attempt to develop a standard system for measuring psychological sensations, such as a person's subjective sense of loudness and brightness, and the factors that affect them and their relationship. It is hoped that such methods may then be used, in somewhat modified form, to improve scales of measuring pain. Joining Luce in the study are Louis Narens, cognitive sciences professor, and Ragnar Steingrimsson, cognitive sciences assistant project scientist. The study will cover a three year period beginning September 2007. Read on...

Caroline Melly

At a time when immigration issues between the US and Mexico blanket the network news stations, anthropology graduate student Caroline Melly is conducting research of her own on a very similar issue thousands of miles away. Read on...

3 UC Irvine political science alumni selected for competitive Capital Fellowship

UC Irvine political science alumni Vasudhsiri Torch Sathienmars, class of '06, Scott Dominic Seekatz, class of '07, and Aida Macedo De Partida, class of '07, have each been selected for 11 month appointments to the California Capital Fellows Program. The competitive program gives selected students an opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California. Read on...

Joaquin Artes, 2007-08 Sheen T. Kassouf Fellowship recipient
Economics graduate student Joaquin Artes is the 2007-08 recipient of the Sheen T. Kassouf Endowed Fellowship. Established in 2006 to honor the legacy of Professor Sheen Kassouf, a pioneer of modern finance and a highly respected UC Irvine economics scholar and academician, the fellowship is awarded annually to an economics graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in coursework and research. Read on...

Social Sciences in the Media

A refuge for women in a hostile game space Morgan Romine, anthropology graduate student, is quoted in the LA Times on September 3, 2007. Read on...

Illegal immigrants are heading to other states Frank Bean, sociology professor, is quoted in the OC Register on September 1, 2007. Read on...

All languages spoken here Ruben Rumbaut, sociology professor, is quoted in the New Jersey Record on September 5, 2007. Read on...

Can Boryspil Airport become a hub? Volodymyr Bilotkach, assistant economics professor, is featured in the Kyiv Post (Ukraine) on September 6, 2007. Read on...

Presidential hopefuls host fundraisers in Newport Louis DeSipio, Chicano/Latino studies professor and chair, is quoted in the Daily Pilot on September 7, 2007. Read on...

Democrats' Spanish-language debate draws in Hispanic viewers in US Louis DeSipio, Chicano/Latino studies professor and chair, is quoted in The Associated Press on September 10, 2007. Read on...

Census: Hispanic numbers are more Mexican Ruben Rumbaut, sociology professor, is quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer on September 12, 2007. Read on...

Skilled workers to lobby in D.C. Louis DeSipio, professor and chair of Chicano/Latino studies, is quoted in the OC Register on September 17, 2007. Read on...

Blackwater's gift to Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki Deborah Avant, political science professor and director of international studies, is quoted by Foreign Policy on September 19, 2007. Read on...

China's 'perfect child' generation Susan Greenhalgh, anthropology professor, is quoted in the BBC News on September 20, 2007. Read on...

Getting in at last on India's boom? Karen Leonard, anthropology professor, is quoted in The Baltimore Sun on September 23, 2007. Read on...

Private security providers become a Pentagon focus Deborah Avant, international studies director and political science professor, is featured in the Wall Street Journal on September 27, 2007. Read on...

A scholarly society makes a logical - and symbolic - move to Cambridge U. Press Penelope Maddy, Chancellor's professor of logic and philosophy of science, is featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education on September 27, 2007. Read on...

Anthropology's top journal moves to UCI Tom Boellstorff, anthropology professor, is featured in the Orange County Register on September 27, 2007. Read on...

UCI professor chosen to receive literature award Alejandro Morales, Chicano/Latino studies professor, is featured in the Daily Pilot on September 27, 2007. Read on...

Expert witness Ruben Rumbaut, sociology professor, is interviewed on WBAI (New York) on September 24. 2007. Read on...

It's a multilingual world, after all Ruben Rumbaut, sociology professor is featured in the Denver Post on September 28, 2007. Read on...

Making sense of the Iraq war and Blackwater Deborah Avant, international studies director and political science professor, is featured in The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) on September 30, 2007. Read on...

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October 2007 Events
(as received prior to September 30, 2007)

Thursday, October 4th, 2007
Colloquium: "Community Building and Performance in Latino Cultures"
Adopting a macro-micro framework, this qualitative study at a predominately Latina/o and Asian American suburban high school uses in-depth interviews with teachers and students to explore the construction, framing, and ramifications of an educational gap that differentially shapes students' schooling experiences and detrimentally hinders their relationships.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
4:00 p.m.
UCI Cross Cultural Center
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International Studies Public Forum: "Will the U.S. be voted out of Iraq?"
Jack Miles, Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies at UCI, won the Pulitzer Prize for God: A Biography and was awarded a MacArthur "genius" fellowship. He is one of the world's leading experts on religion and international affairs, serves as general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Religions and is a former member of the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times.
Thursday, October 4, 2007 
Social Science Plaza A, Room 1100  
3:30-5:00 p.m.
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Publishing a Book? Questions and Answers for New and Old Authors
Peter Wissoker will discuss how to decide whether to publish a book; the difference between a good dissertation and a good book; how to select a press; drawing up a proposal; and the publication process. All are welcome.  
October 4, 2007  
12:00 p.m.  
Anthropology Library, SSPB 4250
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Friday, October 5th, 2007
Colloquium: "Rankings Rock"
Ranking theory is a normative theory of epistemic states and their dynamics. Huber will first present ranking theory in analogy to probability theory. He will then present the consistency argument for the thesis that degrees of disbelief should obey the ranking calculus. Finally, and depending on the time that is left, he will present some (very preliminary) work in progress (on logical omniscience and conceptual changes, iterated belief revision, conditionals, and knowledge). These applications of ranking theory will occupy his time during his visit at UCI (and beyond). They will (hopefully!) convince you that rankings rock.

October 5, 2007  
3:00 p.m.  
SST 777 
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Thursday, October 11th, 2007
Globalizing the City
with Professor Michael Douglass  
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii at Manoa  

October 11, 2007  
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.  
Social Ecology 1, Room 112
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Department of Chicano/Latino Studies hosts 14th annual Open House
This event celebrates the Department's academic accomplishments and progress  
with all campus community members including faculty, staff, administrators, students, and also local community members.  

Food, drink, and entertainment will be provided. This event is open to all campus  
faculty, staff, students, and administrators.

The event will be held at the Social Science Tower court yard (next to Aldrich  
Park) on Thursday, October 11, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2007
Colloquium: "The Quest for Justice after Terror"
"The Quest for Justice after Terror: Perspectives from an Anthropologist/Victim"  
with Susan F. Hirsch,  
Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University  
Tuesday, October 16th 2007  
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  
HIB 135  
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Colloquium: "Satisfying Victims: The Challenge of Global Justice"
"Satisfying Victims: The Challenge of Global Justice"  
with Susan Hirsch,  
Associate Professor, George Mason University  
Tuesday, October 16, 2007  
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.  
SSPB 4250 (Anthropology Library  
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Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
"Small Islands - Big Money: The Anthropology of Off-Shore Tax Havens"  
William Maurer, anthropology chair and professor  
Wednesday, October 17, 2007  
11:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  
University Club  
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Thursday, October 18th, 2007
Colloquium: "A Poor State: Biopolitics and Poverty in India"
Please join Akhil Gupta, anthropology professor, UCLA, as he attempts to understand the mechanisms that help normalize such violence through the category of biopolitics. Engaging Foucault and Agamben, he argues that the very mechanisms of care that are used by the Indian state to look after the poor systematically produce arbitrary outcomes, whose consequences are catastrophic for those who are excluded.  
Thursday, October 18, 2007  
3:30 to 5:00pm  
SSPB 4250 (Anthropology Library)  
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Dinner Club: "The Market for Force: A Shift Toward Privatization of Security"
Please join Professor Avant for an examination of this shift toward privatizing securityand its effect on the democratic processessurrounding U.S. foreign policy. Avant is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and is Director of the School of Social Sciences' International Studies Program. Avant received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, and has taught at the State University of New York's University at Albany and George Washington University. Her most recent book, The Market for Force, examines the privatization of security.  

Thursday, October 18, 2007  
6:00 p.m.  
Library Room, University Club  
801 East Peltason Drive  
Irvine, California 92697
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Friday, October 19th, 2007
Colloquium: "A Silly Answer to a Psillos Question: Objects in Math and Physics"
"A Silly Answer to a Psillos Question: Objects in Mathematics and Physics"  
Elaine Landry, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Calgary.  
Friday, October 19, 2007  
3:00 p.m.  
SST 777  
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
Colloquium: "Counting the Gulf Coast: A Demographer Gauges Katrina's Impact"
"Counting the Gulf Coast: A demographer gauges Katrina's impact in Mississippi"  
Dr. David Swanson, Sociology Professor, University of Mississippi.  
Tuesday, October 23, 2007  
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.  
2112 Social Sciences Plaza A
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Wednesday, October 24th through Friday, October 26th, 2007
Global Conversations: A Festival of Marginalized Languages
Global Conversations: A Festival of Marginalized Languages will celebrate conversation among and between languages. The conference will feature scholars, writers, performers, practitioners and activists who are involved in and passionate about the languages with which they work and live. The focus will be on examples of the revival, restoration and visibility of languages and cultures in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.  

October 24-26, 2007  
UC Irvine Student Center
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