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social sciences

Stacked pennies about to topple

On edge

UCI economist discusses potential impact of falling off ‘fiscal cliff’

A passion for politics

Sophomore Sanaa Khan spent much of Welcome Week signing up new voters. Her enthusiasm is evident both in and out of class.

Child sits at computer

Growing up, ‘geeking out’

Mizuko “Mimi” Ito spends a lot of time “geeking out” at her computer. She plays video games, trolls the Internet, chats, and visits social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter for hours on end. “My kids often say, ‘What’s it like to have a normal parent?’” she says with a laugh. Ito’s not going […]

Al Valdez's various under cover disguises

Brilliant disguise

Al Valdez was looking for sprinkler parts at a discount store when he sensed somebody was watching him. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw a security guard peeking at him from the next aisle. Valdez had run to the store after working in his yard and was wearing grubby gardening clothes. “I […]

Tatiana Benavidas consoling Constanza Quiroga after the earthquake

Measuring mental aftershocks

The massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile in February 2010 left thousands homeless, caused billions of dollars in damages and triggered a deadly tsunami. The psychological impact of such traumatic events over time is the focus of an ongoing research collaboration between UC Irvine psychologists and Chilean academic and government officials. The quake — the […]

Sierra Leone resident transfers funds via cell phone

Smart money

UCI’s Institute for Money Technology and Financial Inclusion awarded $4.17 million from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Peter Ditto, and Sena Koleva

Morality unmasked

Think you know the difference between right and wrong? Let’s say you’re a surgeon with five patients whose survival depends upon organ transplants. A healthy patient of yours would be an ideal donor for all of them. Do you transplant his organs (against his will) into the bodies of the other patients? What if five […]

Expanding teens’ world view

Launched 10 years ago, UCI’s Global Connect program has taught international studies to nearly 8,000 high school students.

Cecelia Brody

Fostering their potential

It’s called emancipation, but for youths in foster care, being released from the child welfare system at age 18 often feels more like abandonment. Without financial resources or emotional support, many struggle to survive. They often wind up homeless or in prison, according to the Orangewood Children’s Foundation. In California, only 54 percent of foster youths […]

The mainstreaming of black politics

New book by UCI professor Katherine Tate examines factors behind burgeoning ranks of African Americans in Congress.