2015- 2016 Newkirk Fellows Announced


Congratulations to our 2015-2016 Newkirk Fellows !

Erin Evans, Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences
How scientists and laboratory culture are influenced by social movement activity, cultural change, and the use of policy reform to try to alter scientific practices

Alberto Morales, Department of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences
Shifting notions of biodiversity: Marine bio-prospecting in Panama and Costa Rica

Krista Pfaendler, Program in Public Health
Breast and cervical cancer survivorship in Zambia: Quality of life, social support, and the role of HIV/AIDS

Elizabeth Reddy, Department of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences
An ethnographic inquiry into how practioners, scientists and policymakers use technoscientific tools to address the question of how a vulnerable community can be alerted to an imminent threat

Stephen Slota, Department of Informatics, School of Information and Computer Sciences
Troubling the sciences: Infrastructures supporting scientific and policy processes

The Evolution of the Sustainable Food Movement: Its Centrality to the Health and Survival of Future Generations-11/2/2015

holdenThe Evolution of the Sustainable Food Movement:
Its Centrality to the Health and Survival of Future Generations

Speaker: Patrick Holden, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and Founder, Sustainable Food Trust, Bristol, England

November 2, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Location: UCI University Club Library

The Sustainable Food Trust is dedicated to the creation of a fair, healthy, and sustainable food system for the 21st Century. A core conviction of the Sustainable Food Trust is that an empowered civil society can change food.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so RSVP HERE.


Save the Date for the Global Food Summit: Towards Regional Resilience, 11/4/2015

This is part one of a two part conference series – Global Food Summit: From Crisis to Security
Global leaders and practitioners in the food ecosystem, together with internationally-recognized academic experts, will gather to develop, demonstrate, and disseminate timely and sustainable solutions for the global food challenge. The summit will catalyze future collaboration to address the challenges of global food security, nutrition, and sustainability.

Global Food Summit: Towards Regional Resilience, November 4, 2015
GFS: Towards Regional Resilience will focus on local and regional food security resilience and student engagement. This one-day conference will highlight the research of UC faculty on locally focused food and agricultural impacts, the work being done by students in food systems sustainability, and innovative initiatives with the potential to scale.

The Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation at UC Irvine will host the event.

Details (time, location) TBD.  Please check back.

RSVP here

Newkirk Center co-sponsoring future Synthetic Biology exhibit, story covered by the LA Times

“The exhibition at the Beall Center is tentatively called “Traces of Vitality” and is scheduled to open Feb. 6, 2016. The centerpiece will be the winning applicant’s work of synthetic biology art.

The artist who is picked will come to the campus for a two-week residency this fall and work with scientists from UC Irvine’s Center for Complex Biological Systems to flesh out the artwork, then return on the eve of the exhibition to finish and install it.

Familian said that he and co-curator Jens Hauser will pick other works of synthetic biology art for the show, but will wait until it’s clear what the commissioned centerpiece will be before seeking other pieces to go with it.

Victoria Vesna, who heads the Art/Sci Center at UCLA, will join the curators and three UCI scientists or social scientists in picking the artist for the project. The winner will get up to $10,000 for travel and living expenses. The panel will consider two kinds of proposals – ones using living material, known as “wet” synthetic biology art, and ideas for “dry” art that use computers to simulate genetic mutations.”

To read the full LA Times article, click here.