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Campus Centers

  • UC Irvine uses the designation "Campus Center" for organized research programs that involve faculty members from multiple departments and Schools, but are not constituted as Organized Research Units (ORUs) or as Special Research Programs (SRPs).

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      Center for Asian Studies

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      Center for Asian Studies

      The Center for Asian Studies at the University of California, Irvine is comprised of more than 40 interdisciplinary faculty members who study China, Japan, Korea, South Asia and Southeast Asia and enhance the study of the many countries and cultures of Asia. The center provides a forum for discussions across geographic and disciplinary boundaries both on campus and within the community.


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      Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies (CGPACS)

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      Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies (CGPACS)

      CGPACS was founded in 1983 by a diverse group of faculty who came together out of concern about the nuclear weapons stand-off between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Although the Soviet Union no longer exists and the Cold War of the 1980s is a thing of the past, the core of the vision of the founders of CGPACS-- the imperative that as citizens and as scholars we pursue the goal of global peace and ward off the dangers of global conflict—continues to animate our work today.
      • Director:
        Stergios Skaperdas
      • Contact:
        Generall Contact | cgpacs@uci.edu | (949) 824-6410


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      Center for Hearing Research (CHR)

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      Center for Hearing Research (CHR)

      The Center for Hearing Research at UC Irvine is a multidisciplinary group of scientists spanning eight Departments in five Schools, who are bound by a common interest in hearing research. We have been meeting since 1998, first as an informal group (“Things Auditory”) and then as the Irvine Research Unit in Hearing and Speech Sciences. We became a Campus Center in 2005.
      • Director:
        Fan-Gang Zeng
      • Co-Director(s):
        Virginia Richards
      • Contact:
        Fan-Gang Zeng | fzeng@uci.edu | (949) 824-1539


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      Center for Organizational Research (COR)

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      Center for Organizational Research (COR)

      • Director:
        Nina Bandelj
      • Co-Director(s):
        Melissa Mazmanian


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      Center for the Study of Cannabis

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      Center for the Study of Cannabis

      Established in 2018, the UCI Center for the Study of Cannabis is an interdisciplinary joint academic research venture by the School of Medicine and the School of Law. It is co-directed by Daniele Piomelli, Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, and Bob Solomon, Clinical Professor of Law.
      • Director:
        Daniele Piomelli
      • Co-Director(s):
        Robert A. Solomon
      • Contact:
        Daniele Piomelli | piomelli@uci.edu | (949) 824-7080


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      Center in Law, Society & Culture (CLSC)

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      Center in Law, Society & Culture (CLSC)

      Through workshops, colloquia, and support for interdisciplinary projects and activities, the Center works to generate new scholarship and disseminate knowledge to diverse audiences about issues related to: race, law and justice; law and literature; critical legal theory; law and space; legal philosophy and culture; globalization and migration; knowledge production; legal consciousness; law, science, and society; and law and history. The Center encourages substantive intellectual exchanges among and between scholars and community members, facilitates both informal and formal educational opportunities, and supports faculty and graduate students in developing interdisciplinary scholarship.
      • Director:
        Mona Lynch
      • Co-Director(s):
        Christopher Whytock & Alexandra Natapoff


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      Epilepsy Research Center

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      Epilepsy Research Center

      The Epilepsy Research Center (EpiCenter) was founded in 2002 with the mission of promoting epilepsy-related research at UC Irvine. It is now home to leading epilepsy researchers from across disciplines, providing an "incubator" for productive collaborative basic and translational research.
      • Director:
        Tallie Z. Baram
      • Contact:
        Barbara Cartwright | bcartwri@uci.edu | (949) 824-1131


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      Newkirk Center for Science and Society

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      Newkirk Center for Science and Society

      The Center focuses on the interaction between science and society, including the role of society in the production of scientific knowledge and technological systems and artifacts and the effects of scientific knowledge on society.  It seeks to explore and think critically about the process by which scientific information is communicated to the public and policy-makers.  It fosters the use of science to enhance the environment, education, health care, public infrastructure, and justice.
      • Director:
        Simon A. Cole
      • Contact:
        General Contact | newkirk@uci.edu | (949) 824-3119


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      Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture

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      Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture

      The Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture serves as an umbrella organization for various activities related to the study of Iran and the Persianate world at the University of California, Irvine. Dedicated to drawing on the strengths of the entire UC Irvine campus, the Center focuses on interdisciplinary research projects that bridge the arts, humanities, engineering, medicine, and the sciences.
      • Director:
        Touraj Daryaee
      • Contact:
        Saeid Jalalipour | sjalalip@uci.edu | (949) 824-3638


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      UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality

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      UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality

      Exploring this quintessential question at the heart of ethics is the goal of the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality. The center was established in 2003 by a group of scholars from social sciences, social ecology, biological sciences and medicine interested in recent scientific research that yields insight on the origins and causes of morality. In creating the center, UCI faculty are addressing topics that reflect critically on the moral implications of the new frontiers in science.
      • Director:
        Kristen Monroe
      • Contact:
        Sylvia Taylor Lotito | slotito@uci.edu | (949) 824-3344


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      UCI Long China-US Institute

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      UCI Long China-US Institute

      The Long U.S. China Institute at UC Irvine seeks to enhance and facilitate knowledge about the opportunities and challenges of China’s development.


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      UCI Water-Energy Nexus Center

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      UCI Water-Energy Nexus Center

      The Irvine Water Energy Nexus Center promotes comprehensive and trans-disciplinary approaches to water efficiency, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas reduction in an urban environment with a diverse, rapidly growing population.


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