Join thousands of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends at UCI Homecoming, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 in Aldrich Park.
In their recent article, “Simulating Dynamic Network Models and Adolescent Smoking: The Impact of Varying Peer Influence and Peer Selection”, authors Cynthia M. Lakon, PhD, John R. Hipp, Cheng Wang, Carter T. Butts, and Rupa Jose discover a surprising upside to peer influence in certain circumstances— it has the power to influence adolescents to smoke less, or even to quit smoking entirely. One of the goals of this research was to ask whether or not adolescents choose to be like their friends (peer influence), or if adolescents choose friends who are already similar to themselves (peer selection). In social networks with nonsmoking norms, the power of peer influence means that smoking rates will actually drop.
Please join us in congratulating Ms. Rebecca Neal, student in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program who has been selected as a “Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow” under the UC President’s Global Food and Carbon Neutrality Initiative.