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Do continued increases in immigration erode wages for other immigrants?


James Bachmeier, third year sociology Ph.D. candidate, has received a $7,500 Labor and Employment Research Fund award from the UC Office of the President to study the relationship between the size of the Mexican immigrant work force in U.S. cities and the wages of individual Mexican workers.  

02/07/2008

Byrd awarded grant from NSF to study group dynamics of coalitions


Scott Byrd, sociology graduate student, has received a $7,500 National Science Foundation grant to study how coalitions operate on a transnational level. Through interviews and surveys with coalitions like the Right to the City Alliance, whose focus is halting urban renewal and others whose topics range from environmentalism to international trade, he aims to learn the "best practices" coalitions employ in order to meet the needs of their constituent organizations.

10/14/2008

Seeing the world from a different angle


People generally wear glasses in order to see more clearly. Ling Lin, fifth year cognitive sciences graduate student, is looking for quite the opposite effect through the lenses of her soon to be designed spectacles.  
 

08/04/2008

Back to the basics


As adults, we all know the meanings of number words like "one," "two," "three," and so on. The numbers could refer to one house, two cats, three apples or any other collection we want to refer to, just as Dr. Seuss so eloquently did in his classic "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish."  
 

03/20/2008

Associate dean Linda Cohen means business


For some university faculty, the transition to administrative roles may be viewed as an arduous task, one that takes them far from their research responsibilities and more familiar faculty functions.  
 
For economics professor Linda Cohen, the transition two years ago to her new position as Social Sciences associate dean for graduate studies and research was not so much a transition as it was an extension of her research.  
 

03/03/2008

Gridlock puts brakes on job growth


Southern California commuters well versed in the physical and psychological tolls of traffic congestion can now add an economic effect to the list. Kent Hymel, a UC Irvine doctoral candidate in economics, found that sluggish commutes - usually indicative of high employment levels - lead to slowed job growth. His findings, published online in the Journal of Urban Economics, suggest that more efficient public infrastructure can spur local economic growth.  

01/18/2009

Congestion solution


As the host country of the 2008 Olympic games, China underwent a massive traffic overhaul in order to ease congestion and improve air quality for the world's top athletes who competed this summer in Beijing. One program went so far as to restrict driving privileges for private car owners to every other day travel - a move Chinese officials say not only reduced pollution levels by 20 percent, but also eased congestion in the world's most populous country.  
 

08/26/2008

Anthropology graduate student receives fellowships to study water rights


Growing up in Costa Rica, a Central American country with more than 50% of its borders comprised of coastline, the contested notion of water access as a basic human right is a no-brainer for Andrea Ballestero. Now a second year anthropology graduate student, the topic is a driving force behind her research.  
 

12/05/2007

Clean up environment to save lives


In Russia, more than 400,000 people die each year from cardiovascular-related diseases and the number is only expected to grow. Using demographic research methods and models, Natalia Milovantseva, a recent graduate of UC Irvine's Demographic and Social Analysis master's program, estimates that nearly 5% of deaths by the year 2025 could be avoided if Russia steps up its environmental standards.  
 

06/18/2008

Community partners


Inequality, both literally and figuratively, makes many people sick, says Michael Montoya, UC Irvine anthropology and Chicano/Latino studies assistant professor. He, along with a group of Orange County community members and UCI undergraduate and graduate students, is doing something about it.  
 

08/27/2008
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