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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.  


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.


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.  


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."  


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.  


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.  


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.  


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.  


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.  


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.  

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