UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation
February Newsletter


  • Research Panel on Energy and the Environment - Call for abstracts due Feb 7
  • Student-Run Startup Fair - Now seeking volunteers!


  • Climate Change, Conflict and Peacebuilding Panel - Feb 7
  • Book Launch with Martín Burt - Feb 20
  • "Finding the Good News on Energy and Environment" with Richard Alley - Mar 20

Panel: Climate Change, Conflict and Peacebuilding

February 7
UCI School of Business I Auditorium

This panel is part of the UCI Center for Citizen Peacebuilding’s 20th Anniversary Event taking place February 7-8, 2020. 
UCI Blum Center Faculty Director Richard Matthew will participate in the panel There is no Planet B: Coming Together to Tackle Climate Change.
Event Details
Book Launch with Martín Burt
February 20
UCI School of Business, Room 5200

Learn about the hardships faced in recognizing and alleviating poverty around the world and what we can do about it at this presentation by Blum Center visiting scholar Martín Burt on his new book entitled "Who Owns Poverty?" Breakfast will be provided.
Richard Alley on Climate Change
March 10
Crystal Cove Auditorium
Phi Beta Kappa's visiting scholar Richard Alley will be visiting the UCI campus for his public talk entitled "Finding the Good News on Energy and Environment." Additionally, a special panel will be held to showcase student research projects relevant to the same topics-- apply by Feb 7 to have yours considered!
Apply Here
Blum Ambassadors Council: Student-Run Startup Fair
Now accepting volunteers!
In 2020, the Blum Ambassadors Countil is organizing a Student-Run Startup Fair for students to share their projects and businesses. If you are interested in getting involved with the Blum Ambassadors Council or helping organize this event, contact Logan at:
Learn More

Researchers find collaborative flood modeling process effective

"Collaborative flood modeling combines the experiences and concerns of residents, landowners, government officials and and business leaders with the knowledge and technological capabilities of academic researchers to foster a shared understanding of flood risk."

An article posted by the National Science Foundation (written by Brian Bell) highlights the FloodRISE project geared towards collaborative flood modeling and its positive impacts, featuring UCI Blum Center Director Richard Matthew and lead researcher Brett Sanders.
Read the Article
Additional News & Events:
  • The Global Service Scholars Program is expanding! The 2020 cohort will include students from UCLA and UCSB.
  • A UCI News article describes a new course that helps engineers understand the effects of human activity on a changing coastline. Read it HERE.
  • Interested in social enterprise? Find more resources to build your ideas HERE.
  • Join the Civic and Community Engagement Minor with the Poverty Track. More info HERE.

About the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation

The UCI Blum Center’s mission is to promote social change and inspire the next generation of leaders to action with research on poverty alleviation. The Center’s innovative education programs, basic and applied research, and work in community development and policy-making engage future leaders to reduce the risks of poverty for vulnerable populations and improve humanity and its institutions.
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