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News & Events: December 2014

It has been a busy and rewarding year at the Center, and we are looking forward to more of the same in 2015.  Meanwhile, be sure to check out our new policy brief highlighting the complex relationship between water quality and child health in rural immigrant communities.  This newsletter also brings you two profiles of faculty who are having an impact on our community–one a local faculty affiliate, and another who was a 2014 visiting scholar.  Best wishes for a happy holiday season.

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Policy Briefs

Improving Water Quality in Rural Immigrant Communities
By Caitlin French, Lucia Kaiser, Rosa Gomez-Camacho, UC Davis; Cathi Lamp, University of California Cooperative Extension; and Adela de la Torre, UC Davis

With obesity affecting over a third of the U.S. population,  public health advocates—including first lady Michelle Obama—have called to “drink up” on water instead of sugary beverages. In new work, supported by the Center for Poverty Research, we find that low-quality drinking water is a potential barrier to reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in high-poverty rural immigrant communities.

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Meet Our Researchers

Article Sign up for e-news Child Development

Because Inequality Begins at Home
Visiting Professor Ariel Kalil Reaches across Disciplines to Improve Children’s Lives

By Alex Russell

During Ariel Kalil’s visit in April as a Center for Poverty Research Visiting Faculty Scholar, snatches of conversation could be heard from her temporary office. One student asked about how to make his work more relevant to public policy. Another talked about what it was like being a first-generation college student.

“I guess in some part they wanted to find out more about the path that I had taken, because it is a bit unusual,” says Kalil.


Victoria Smith
Professor of Sociology

Vicki Smith received her degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley in 1987. Her areas of specialization include employment, pathways to work, and inequality.


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