social sciences

Bridging the first-generation gap

Mentoring program pairs new students with upperclassmen who also are first in their families to go to college

Joseph L. White

A labor of love

Joseph L. White, ‘father of black psychology,’ is honored by American Psychological Association

Jennifer Kane

Woman’s health, education and marital status pre-pregnancy affect birth weight of her daughters, granddaughters

Study by UCI sociologist is first to tie low natal weight to biological, social factors three generations deep

Former congressman named Dean’s Visiting Professor in UCI School of Social Sciences

Former U.S. Rep. John B.T. Campbell III has been appointed the 2015-16 Dean’s Visiting Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Previously held by former California Assemblyman Jose Solorio, the position involves teaching two undergraduate courses: The U.S. Congress and The American Legislator, the latter of which is a new class Campbell is developing for the spring quarter.

Women chemists

UCI ranks third for return on investment among public universities

Of the dozens of college surveys that rank thousands of universities across the nation, Money magazine’s recent poll has come the closest to cracking the code that answers the question: Which institutions of higher learning provide the best return on investment. And UCI scores well. It ranked third among public universities, fourth in the “value-added” […]

Odds of arrest 3 times higher for people viewed as black, study finds

Being seen by others as black – regardless of whether or not one personally identifies as such – increases the likelihood of arrest, according to a new study from UC Irvine and Stanford University. The findings come as troubling reports of racial bias and discrimination in policing punctuate the evening news, noted Andrew Penner, UCI sociologist and study co-author.

Charles Anthony Smith

Political science study co-authored by UCI debunks idea of public opinion backlash

Does putting same-sex marriage in the public spotlight impede future policy gains for gay and lesbian couples? A new study says no, contrary to previous research on the topic. The findings, which appear in the American Journal of Political Science, should bring hope to marginalized groups that may otherwise be dissuaded from pursuing public change, said Charles Anthony Smith, UCI associate professor of political science and study co-author.

A Forest Path

Awe promotes altruistic behavior, UCI-led study finds

Inducing a sense of awe in people can promote altruistic, helpful and positive social behavior, according to new research led by UC Irvine psychologist Paul Piff.

Alyssa Brewer

UCI study sheds new light on low-light vision, could aid people with retinal deficits

Brain handles day- and nighttime optical signals the same, reacts quickly to loss of input

UCI study finds link between acute stress response to disaster and previous exposure to traumatic events

Psychology & social behavior professor Roxane Cohen Silver’s work sheds light on human resilience after natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Her latest study, co-authored with doctoral graduate in psychology & social behavior Dana Garfin and associate professor of nursing science E. Alison Holman,  examines the relationship between acute stress responses to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings […]