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22 million bachelors looking for mates in China

From 2005-25, an expected 22 million Chinese bachelors looking for love will fail to find a mate, says UCI anthropologist Susan Greenhalgh, and it won’t be for lack of want.  The problem, she says, is a residual effect of the country’s more than 30-year-old one-child per couple policy, the highly successful national birth control measure which encouraged couples to eliminate daughters in an effort to end up with a son.


Research honors

Prospects for better employment may be the common driving force behind students’ college aspirations, but the key to keeping them connected and enrolled has a lot to do with peer-bonding experiences and organizational involvement, says UCI sociology graduate student Daisy Reyes.  According to her research, this is particularly true for ethnic minorities. 



“We can learn a lot by listening to people talk about their lives – saying whatever is important to them.  This is especially true in places where there are diverse points of view - like a university campus,” says UCI anthropologist and documentary photographer Frank Cancian. 


Sharing his philosophy

It's rather fitting that world-renowned philosopher Brian Skyrms occupies an office on the seventh floor of UC Irvine's Social Science Tower. The bearded professor is on a higher plane than most mortals — pondering life's deepest questions and framing complex theories about how we interact and communicate. "The theory of knowledge shouldn't be, 'Oh, how do we define knowledge?' It should be how information flows," Skyrms says.


UCI Graduate Division awards grants for social sciences research

Six social sciences graduate students have been recognized by the UCI Graduate Division for their research excellence.  Highlighted below, their work and continued funding for it, will advance academic findings on labor unions, human rights, social movements, public policies aimed at helping the elderly, and relationships between technology and economic growth.  


Pay in the public sector: Sun, salaries and public servants

From The Economist:
Governments in the rich world are taking the knife to the budgets, pay and pensions of state employees. But where to cut? A study by Jan Brueckner and David Neumark of the University of California, Irvine, finds that within America there may be more flab in public-sector pay packets in states like coastal California than wintry Wisconsin.

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World-renowned philosopher Brian Skyrms earns UCI Alumni Association’s highest award

The UCI Alumni Association has announced UC Irvine Distinguished Professor Brian Skyrms, logic & philosophy of science and economics, will receive the 2011 Extraordinarius award during the 41st annual Lauds & Laurels ceremony May 12 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine.


Public Impact Fellowship winner follows his heart

Before coming to UC Irvine, Andrew Chang, economics, had had scant experience with California beyond the turnstiles at Disneyland. Years after vacationing with his parents at the Magic Kingdom, he thought of the entire state as “the happiest place on Earth.”


Dancing away their differences

Gabrielle Castro believes art can be a unifying force. She experienced this in a memorable way during a trip to Ghana last summer with a UC Irvine contingent of dancers and scholars.

A senior studying dance, English and linguistics, Castro embarked on the journey to explore the role dance has played in forming Ghana’s cultural identity.

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