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Robinson and Morgan Named to Advisory Board

We are excited to announce that Dr. Angela Robinson (Blum Center) and Kelsey Morgan (Blum Center and EverFree) recently took up positions on the Advisory Board of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking.  This collaborative of experts and philanthropists formed to...

Kelsey Morgan Appointed CEO of EverFree

ICYMI: Blum Center doctoral candidate Kelsey Morgan was recently appointed as CEO of EverFree! EverFree is an essential research partner in the Blum Center's work on anti trafficking and survivor reintegration. Morgan was a co-founder of EverFree and previously served...

In the News: Funding for Freedom Lifemap

We are happy to officially announce the generous support of the Samueli Foundation! Their gift of $750,000 to the UCI Blum Center is critical for the global launch, scaling, and analysis of the Freedom Lifemap. This new tool has immense potential to inform more...

In the News: Freedom Lifemap Launches New Possibilities

EverFree, a Blum Center community partner in anti-human trafficking work, and the UCI Blum Center have officially launched the survivor-focused assessment tool: Freedom Lifemap! The tool aims to provide much-needed, yet generally absent, data in the field of...

In the News: Sanders Explains Landscape’s Role in Libya Floods

The recent deadly storm and flooding in Derna, Libya demonstrates how infrastructure, landscapes, and climate plays a role in determining how disastrous a storm could be. In a recent New York Times article, Blum Center flood expert  Dr. Sanders offered some...

In the News: Newport Beach Floods – Sanders Dubs them Harbringers

Last week the Orange County Register turned to Blum Center coastal flooding expert Brett Sanders to understand the cause of recent flooding in Newport Beach. Why might high tidal waters be flooding the coastal Californian town during summer months when waves are...

In the News: Big Waves Sending Big Message

The Los Angeles Times recently published a piece on the changing wave dynamics along California's coast. In this article, several experts were asked to weigh in on a recent study demonstrating that (1) the average height of winter waves along California's coast have...

In the News: Landslide Vulnerabilities with Brett Sanders

Blum Center researcher Dr. Brett Sanders was featured in a recent segment on ABC 7 . Leading up to the reopening of the railway line which was closed after a landslide in San Clemente, which also destroyed parts of the iconic Casa Romantica, flood and erosion expert...

In the News: Sanders Pens Opinion on Climate Warning Signs

In an op-ed out this week in the Los Angeles Times, Blum Center expert Dr. Brett Sanders offers expert, if disquieting, observations. In the wake of the Rolling Hills landslide, Dr. Sanders writes about the warning signs all around us - massive flooding, intense...

In the News: Brett Sanders Talks Sand at Movie Premier

Blum Center coastal research lead, Dr. Brett Sanders, is featured in a new short film "Running out of Time: The Race to Save San Clemente Beaches".  This short film is part of a campaign by local organization Bring Back our Beaches, which is trying to bring more...

In the News: Brett Sanders on Local Coastal Erosion for LA Times

Last week, Blum Center coastal flood and erosion researcher Brett Sanders offered insight in a Los Angeles Times article on recent destruction in Orange County.  In the context of recent and potential coastal erosion in San Clemente, Sanders spoke on the various...

UCI Magazine Provides Deep Dive on Blum Center Flood Research

Flood research conducted by Blum Center researchers was featured on the cover of UCI Magazine's Winter edition. The feature, "Flood Watchers", discusses the shift from drought to severe flooding, the role of climate change in recent and future storms, and the renewed...

In the News: Blum Center Flood Research Overflows in the Media

April showers certainly brought many beautiful May flowers...but they also brought attention to flood risks in California, particularly coastal Southern California. With talk of atmospheric rivers, a phrase becoming a part of every Californian's vernacular, worries of...

In the News: Brett Sanders on the Importance of Flood Management in CA

Last week, the Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Dr. Brett Sanders, a leading UC Irvine Blum Center expert on flooding. Along with his co author, Public Policy Institute fellow Jeffrey Mount, Sanders emphasizes the critical need to improve flood management in...

In the News: New York Times on California Flooding 

Following the influx of rainfall in California, The New York Times released an article about the flooding. The article, split into two sections: the immediate and the long-term, gives an overview of what California is currently enduring and what we should expect...

In the News: Dr. Brett Sanders Comments on Flooding for NBC

In an article published this week by NBC, Dr. Brett Sanders, UC Irvine Blum Center leading researcher on flooding, was interviewed regarding the devastating flooding and rainfall in California. Although we are beginning to see some effects now, Sanders said it may...

In the News: Richard Matthew on Flooding Vulnerability in California

In a recent NBC article by Alicia Victoria Lozano, the flooding in California is examined through the lens of the people it has been affecting most - marginalized communities. The article begins with a story of a California citizen who drove through the floods that...

In the News: The Wall Street Journal on Flooding in Los Angeles

In the midst of an unusually long and heavy period of storms across the state of California, The Wall Street Journal writes about the expected effects in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Brett Sanders, a leading flood researcher at the UC Irvine Blum Center, was interviewed...

In the News: Brett Sanders on Coastal Erosion

Years ago, coastal beaches were filled with happy people spending a day in the sun with family and friends, but times have changed. Now, beaches on the coast in places such as Southern California, Florida, and even New Jersey are falling victim to the increasing...

In the News: Paul Piff on Awe for Irvine Standard

In an article written by Kathrine Ellison for Irvine Standard, Blum Center researcher Paul Piff is interviewed regarding his work within the world of awe. He explains that the feeling of awe we experience outdoors is ultimately very good for us - enhancing our...

In the News: Southern California Train Closed as Beaches Erode

One of the busiest rail lines that runs from San Diego to Los Angeles has been suspended due to sea levels rising and continuously eroding beaches. State and County officials declared an emergency, stopping the train from running as the landscape along the coast...

LA Times Names Kelsey Morgan as an Orange County Visionary

Recently, the LA Times named UC Irvine Blum Center researcher Kelsey Morgan an Orange County visionary. Morgan was profiled for her work with EverFree, an organization aimed at ending human trafficking and helping survivors.  Morgan has impacted the lives of thousands...

In the News: Paul Piff Interviewed about Research on Awe

Blum Center Associate Director Paul Piff is a leading expert on the science of awe, and he was recently interviewed about awe by The Washington Post. In an article titled “Why it is awesome that your brain can experience awe” by Richard Sima, Piff went on record to...

In the News: CBS Writes of Flooding Concerns

In a new article for CBS, UC Irvine Blum Center researcher Brett Sanders was interviewed in relation to his work on beach and coastal flooding. Following the concerns with Hurricane Kay, Sanders explains the effects on our beaches. He notes that experts noticed...

In the News – The New York Times Features UC Irvine Research

In an opinion column for the The New York Times, Peter Coy highlighted a study on ‘The Moralization of Effort’ by UC Irvine researchers Jared Celniker, Andrew Gregory, Hyunjin Koo, Paul Piff, and Peter Ditto and University of British Columbia researcher Azim...

In the News: What Old Satellite Images Tell us about the Future

In The Metropolitan Beaches Project, UCI Blum Center researcher Dr. Brett Sanders “aims to raise awareness of beach erosion by focusing on observation and modeling changes in beach trends.”  This research utilizes satellite imagery to track how waterlines have changed...

In the News: Dr. Piff on Kids and Talking About Social Class

In an article on the website Parents, the author, Bob McKinnon, delves into the struggles of talking about social class with your kids. He came from a poverty ridden background, and while his kids are growing up opposite to that, he - like many other parents- finds it...

In the News: Hyunjin Koo’s Research on Empathy Towards Poor

HealthDay released an article that referenced the work of researchers Hyunjin Koo, Azim Shariff, and Paul Piff on the attitudes of wealthy people towards lower income people based on the way they made their money.  It may make sense to predict that wealthy people who...

Paul Piff Interviewed by BBC Business Daily

Blum Center Assistant Director Paul Piff was recently interviewed for BBC's Business Daily podcast. The episode explores the effects of wealth and greed on social behavior. Professor Piff discusses his research on how unearned advantages shape social interactions...

Greater Good’s top 10 insights on a meaningful life

Greater Good Magazine just released its list of 2021's top 10 insights on the science of a meaningful life, and a study conducted in Blum Center Associate Director Paul Piff's research lab was the first finding featured. In the article, lead author Andrew Gregory...

In the News: More sand for south Orange County’s shrinking beaches

Division of Flooding and Poverty research lead Brett Sanders was recently interviewed as part of a piece exploring how coastal communities are thinking more about new ways to keep sand on the beaches, providing an important buffer between waves and infrastructure....

Op-Ed: Southern California’s beaches are running out of sand

In an op-ed published by the LA Times, Division of Flooding and Poverty research lead Brett Sanders describes how sand deposits, sediment management, and climate change combine to create challenges for beaches in Southern California. Beyond erosion on beaches...

Siddharth Kara’s Op-Ed in the Guardian

Blum Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar Siddharth Kara recently published an op-ed in the Guardian titled, "I saw the unbearable grief inflicted on families by cobalt mining. I pray for change." The piece tells the story of some of the children and families he met...

Interview: Addressing Inequality in Flood Risk

More than 7 million Californians live in places that are at risk of flooding. But not every community is well prepared to recover from floods. A new study, headed by experts at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), is looking at how flooding affects social...

Older press coverage of Blum Center events and initiatives include:

  • UCI, other researchers find collaborative flood modeling process effective (UCI News)
  • Beach dynamics (UCI News)
  • Scientists from UC Campuses Study Floods, Flood Socioeconomics (Spectrum News)
  • UC Irvine class teaches students the science of compassion (LA Times/The Daily Pilot)
  • Meeting for peace (UCI School of Social Ecology)
  • Colombia, aún lejos de hacer las paces con el medioambiente (El Tiempo)
  • How to survive a major flood (UCI School of Social Ecology)
  • Student-run InSight Magazine explores poverty and inequality in Southern California (LA Times/The Daily Pilot)
  • “Insight Magazine” Celebrates Launch (New U)
  • Compassion Concert: Perla Batalla In the House of Cohen (New U)
  • Irvine-based nonprofit wins UCI pitch competition aimed at tackling poverty (OC Register)
  • 2 nonprofits and a game won UCI grants to try to help people in poverty (Daily Pilot)
  • In a warming climate, ocean- and land-based floods are a disastrous duo, UCI researchers find (UCI News)
  • Over time, nuisance flooding can cost more than extreme, infrequent events (UCI News)