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Times Higher Education ranks UCI among world's top 50 universities


Times Higher Education has ranked UC Irvine 49th in its annual list of the world's top 200 universities, released today. Among social sciences programs ranked by the organization, UCI's School of Social Sciences came in 44th. The British magazine's 2010-11 World University Rankings are based on data provided by Thomson Reuters and an invitation-only reputation survey of more than 13,000 verified academics.

09/20/2010

Election 2010 and Beyond


Speaker: 
Matt Beckmann, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, UCI
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 11:15am - 1:00pm
Event Location: 
UCI University Club
Contact for Further Information: 
University Club, 949-824-7960

The UCI University Club Forum presents

"Election 2010 and Beyond"
with Matt Beckmann, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, UCI

October 13, 2010
UCI University Club
Buffet lunch begins at 11:15 a.m.

Beckmann will sort through the potential impacts and influences of the coming election -- short and longer range. Q & A will follow.

There is a fee of $11.50 for UClub members and $13.50 for non-members, including tax and gratuity. For reservations, please call 949-824-7960.

Looking at the Coming Election


Speaker: 
Mark Petracca, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, UCI
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 11:15am
Event Location: 
UCI University Club
Contact for Further Information: 
University Club, 949-824-7960

The UCI University Club Forum presents

"Looking at the Coming Election"
with Mark Petracca, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, UCI

September 29, 2010
UCI University Club
Buffet lunch begins at 11:15 a.m.

Professor Petracca, a Forum favorite, will provide his insights and outlooks related to the issues and individuals striving for our attention in the upcoming elections.

Religion and reporting


The U.S. may be a secular country, but religion permeates public discourse on issues ranging from abortion rights to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And where religion is concerned, emotions can run high – sometimes clouding the facts.

Controversies over a proposed mosque near Ground Zero and President Obama’s religious affiliation are cases in point, underscoring the importance of unbiased, accurate reporting on religion-tinged subjects.

09/13/2010

UCI sociologists earn honors at national association annual meeting


With more than 500 million users, Facebook is the dominant force in the relatively new and rapidly evolving field of online social networking.  If you’re one of the few who have managed to abstain from the online craze that consumes more than 700 billion minutes of users time each month, don’t assume you’re out of social networking’s grasp. 

09/01/2010

New election, same familiar faces


From My Desert:

A wave of anti-government, anti-tax, anti-incumbency anger is steadily filling the airwaves, blogs and comment boards as the fall election approaches.... Even in a year like 2010, which boasts a lot of genuine anti-incumbent fervor, there aren't many people with the time, money and networking connections to make a serious run at even local offices, according to University of California, Irvine political science professor Louis DeSipio. "It's hard to get that first step out of the door," DeSipio said.

08/09/2010

For black candidates, Obama is an elusive model


From the LA Times:

But some in the black community believe he holds a special obligation to advance other black office seekers. "I think Obama can do more for Meek," said Katherine Tate, a political science professor at UC Irvine. "We need more cheerleading from the president for Meek and for Democratic candidates in races in minority communities." History, however, is being made in other ways. This year ironically has seen a surge of African Americans running for office from a more unlikely direction - the right.

08/05/2010
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