News from our Newkirk Fellows

Congratulations to David Liu (Newkirk Fellow 2017-18). He will receive a 2018 Graduate Student of the Future award at this year’s
UCI ENGAGE Celebration of Community Engagement.



Kimberly Duong (Newkirk Fellow 2017-18) will present, “Fighting Drought One Lawn at a Time” on May 17, 2018 at the Anteater test kitchen.  Her talk will be followed by a food demonstration.  Learn more and RSVP



Pernilla Johansson (Newkirk Fellow 2016-17) will defend her dissertation, “To hear you must appear :Examining the emotional invisibility cloak of internationals in peace building” on  Monday, May 7, 2018. Learn more

National Registry of Exonerations releases reports – “Exonerations in 2017” and “Exonerations in the United States Before 1989”

The National Registry of Exonerations,a project of the UCI Newkirk Center for Science & Society, University of Michigan Law School & Michigan State University College of Law,  has released its annual report entitled “Exonerations in 2017″, as well as a report on”Exonerations in the United States before 1989.”

Exonerations in 2017
Exonerations in the United States before 1989

4/19/18- ‘Homelessness in Orange County’, A Toward a Sustainable 21st Century Series event

Homelessness in Orange County: The Demographics, Causes, Costs and Solutions

April 19, 2018/ 7-9 PM
Location: Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering




7:00 pm – Welcoming Remarks

  • Judith Stepan-Norris, Vice Provost, Academic Planning, UC Irvine
  • Nancy Gardner, Orange County River Park

7:05 pm – Introduction to Cost Study

  • Carla Vargas, O.C. United Way

7:10 pm – The Characteristics, Causes and Costs of Homelessness in Orange County

  • David A. Snow and Rachel Goldberg, Department of Sociology, UC Irvine

7:35 pm – Housing Alternatives and Solutions

  • Helen Cameron, Jamboree Housing
  • Margie Wakeham, Families Forward
  • Kathi Bowman, WISEPlace

7:50 pm – The Politics and Impacts of Homelessness

  • Richard Matthew, Associate Dean, Social Ecology & Director-Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, UC Irvine
  • Noberto Santana, Jr., Voice of O.C.

8:10 pm – The View from Newport Beach and Beyond

  • Councilman Jeff Herdman, City of Newport Beach
  • Officer Tony Yim, City of Newport Beach Police Department
  • Mayor Don Wagner, City of Irvine

8:35– United to End Homelessness Initiative

  • Carla Vargas, O.C. United Way

8:45 pm Questions and Answers

9:00 pm – Reception

Click here for printable program

Postdoc and Graduate Student Discussion with author and NPR science correspondent, Richard Harris- 3/7/18

Join us for a small-group, informal discussion with Richard Harris about the culture of biomedical research and  its effect on scientific rigor.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
3260 Social and Behavioral Science Gateway


Pizza and refreshments will be served.


SUGGESTED READING (don’t need to read to attend)
Harris, R., 2017, Rigor Mortis:How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hopes, and Wastes Billions, New York, Basic Books

Richard Harris has covered science, medicine and the environment for National Public Radio since 1986. His award-winning work includes reports in 2010 that revealed the US Government was vastly underestimating  the amount of oil spilling from the Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. He also shared a Peabody award with colleague Rebecca Perl for their 1994 reports about the tobacco industry’s secret documents, which showed that company scientists were well aware of the hazards of smoking.Richard has traveled the world, from the South Pole and the Great Barrier Reef to the Arctic Ocean, reporting on climate change. The American Geophysical Union honored him with a Presidential Citation for Science and Society.In 2014, he turned his attention back to biomedical research and came to realize how the field was suffering. Too many scientists were chasing too little funding. That led him to take a year-long sabbatical at Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes to research and write Rigor Mortis. It is his first book.
(from information on Richard Harris


PLEASE NOTE: This same day, Richard Harris will give a public lecture entitled Science Friction: What’s Slowing Progress in Biomedicine at 7pm in the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and EngineeringFor information on this lecture, see  The tickets are free and become available 7 days prior to the event.