One of the highlights of the academic year is welcoming new students to University of the Pacific‘s chapter (Alpha Delta Zeta) of Pi Sigma Alpha. the national political science academic honorary society. To be eligible for membership in Pi Sigma Alpha, a student must have excelled in their work in a number of challenging political science courses. Recently Faith James (International Relations, 2014) and Yeni Gutierrez (Political Science, 2015) became members of Pi Sigma Alpha.
One final note about Pacific Political Scientists at the American Political Science Association (APSA) meetings in Seattle:
Congratulations to Professor Dari Sylvester, who received the 2011 Adaljiza Sosa-Ridell Award for Exemplary Mentoring of Latino/a Students in Political Science. The Adaljiza Sosa-Ridell Award is presented each year by the APSA’s Committee on the Status of Latinos and Latinas in the Profession.
Graduating senior Chelsea Kelleher recently took home the top prize for oral presentations at the 2011 Pacific Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference. She was up against 23 other students from a variety of disciplines. Congrats Chelsea!
Here’s the abstract of her paper, which she completed as an independent research project under the direction of Prof. Keith Smith:
Is there a relationship between crime and Section 8 housing? In 2008, Atlantic Monthly journalist Hanna Rosin published an article investigating the relationship between high crime rates in the Memphis area and newly formed clusters of Section 8 recipients. She argues that the Section 8 program is responsible for the rise in crime rates for Memphis, Tennessee, and extends this conclusion to the rest of the United States, implicating a host of popular affordable housing programs as well. Housing advocates and policy makers were quick to respond to these allegations, arguing that Rosin had established no causal link between Section 8 and crime, and that her findings could not be verified for the country as a whole. This paper seeks to test the hypothesis that the presence of Section 8 housing increases crime rates in an area. To do this I use a controlled comparison of crime rates in six Stockton neighborhoods in 2009, using three pairs of neighborhoods matched by similar demographic characteristics. Drawing from crime statistics from the Stockton Police Department, I then examine their crime rates in comparison to their matches, before finally drawing a conclusion. The results reveal that there is insufficient evidence to state that there is a relationship between Section 8 and crime; while areas with higher poverty rates tended to experience more crime, whether or not they accepted Section 8 did not make a difference.
- Section 8 Tenants: the Housing Market’s Salvation? (walletpop.com)
On February 4, 2010, University of the Pacific recognized its outstanding scholar-athletes. Political Science major and Field Hockey athlete Sarah Miceli, who is also president of the Pacific Student Athlete Council, delivered the featured speech of the evening. She reflected on the importance for student-athletes of finding faculty members who can work with them in plotting the course to academic success.
Sarah was also announced as the recipient of the Ellen L. Deering Scholarship.
Other political science majors recognized for their outstanding academic work were Jessica Jones (Field Hockey), Devonie Migues (Swimming), and Tyler Hannis (Swimming).
Patrick Walton, a junior Pacific Political Science major, is one of 10 Pacific students selected to participate in the 2009 Ambassador Corps Fellowship. Patrick, who also swims a mean freestyle for the Pacific Swim team, will work with the Katalysis Central American Microfinance Network in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The focus of his internship will be youth entrepreneurship. The Ambassador Corps Fellowship is sponsored by University of the Pacific’s Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Congratulations, Patrick!
Pacific’s Political Science Department has selected its 2009 Outstanding Graduates. Elisabeth Hammer and Meghan Mullen will be honored at the 2009 College of the Pacific End-of-the-Year Honors Ceremony on May 15. Hammer and Mullen will both graduate Summa Cum Laude and will also be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa earlier on May 15.