Society & Community

Education professor honored for contributions to public policy, practice in child development

Deborah Lowe Vandell, UCI professor of education, has been named the winner of the Society for Research in Child Development’s 2019 award for distinguished contributions to public policy and practice in child development. Recognized for her decades-long career dedicated to helping policymakers and program developers come to evidence-based decisions about how early caregiving, particularly by […]

UCI ecologist co-authors UN Environment report on impact of plastics on coral reefs

The global fight against ocean plastic pollution will come into sharp focus at the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly this month in Nairobi, Kenya, with Joleah Lamb, assistant professor of ecology & evolutionary biology at UCI, making a key contribution. Lamb, who studies how diseases affect coral reefs, is co-author of a […]

Child poverty could be cut in half with proposals by UCI-led national panel

Committee provides a menu of work-oriented and income support programs

Carol Booth Olson

UCI gets $5 million to establish first national R&D center on improving writing skills

Focus will be on identifying best teaching practices in middle, high school classrooms

Associate professor of education Drew Bailey is named Jacobs Foundation Research Fellow

Drew Bailey, UCI associate professor of education, has been selected as a 2019-2021 Jacobs Foundation Research Fellow. The highly competitive global fellowship program lets early- and midcareer recipients in all scholarly disciplines concentrate on projects to improve child and youth development. Bailey’s work focuses on the processes underlying the stability of individual differences in youngsters’ […]

Social sciences dean Bill Maurer is awarded grant to study use of AI in financial services

Bill Maurer, dean of UCI’s School of Social Sciences and professor of anthropology and law, has been awarded a grant from Capital One to investigate the human implications of how artificial intelligence and machine learning are employed in the financial services industry. Using case studies in applications of AI/ML that may increasingly affect people’s financial […]

Studying the Students

UCI to pilot a national survey on undergraduate life and learning – with an eye to improving both

New School of Thought

California’s first active learning building opens at UCI, giving tech-savvy students a hands-on role in their education

$2 million from Pacific Life will support UCI’s LIFEvest financial literacy program for teens

The Paul Merage School of Business Center for Investment & Wealth Management’s residential financial literacy program for teens, LIFEvest, has received a $2 million gift from the Pacific Life Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Newport Beach-based insurance company. During the weeklong LIFEvest summer program, local eighth- and ninth-graders from underserved communities have the opportunity […]

Study finds that drug activity boosts crime in neighborhoods regardless of stability, wealth

The influence of drug activity on crime rates is independent of a neighborhood’s stability and socioeconomic status, according to a recent UCI study. “Communities with narcotics trafficking bring in serious, high-rate offenders, whose activities spill over into surrounding neighborhoods,” said lead author Christopher Contreras, a doctoral student in criminology, law & society. “Residential stability and […]