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News outlets big and small – locally and around the world – regularly feature and cite people from the Division of Social Sciences. Here is a sampling of weekly highlights.

2016

Mica PollockThree Challenges for Teachers in the Era of Trump
“We need to lead a charge for accurate information about our country and its people,” writes Mica Pollock of Education Studies and CREATE in this guest piece for the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog.


The Election Really Was Rigged
Washington Post opinion writer Dana Milbank relies heavily in this piece on research by Zoltan Hajnal of Political Science and also quotes him at length. “We have across most states some significant element of voter suppression,” Hajnal said. “Over time these have shrunk the electorate in significant ways and tilted the electorate toward the Republican Party.”


Psychologists Think Your Lies About Santa Will Damage Your Kids
Parents generally lie for two reasons: to make children do something, and to make children happy, says Gail Heyman of Psychology. This Huffington Post story also features research by psychologist Leslie Carver.


UC San Diego renderingUCSD Opening Permanent Downtown Outpost
Union-Tribune story on new campus building to open downtown – the “Innovative Cultural and Education Hub” at Park Boulevard and Market Street in East Village –includes Keith Pezzoli of Communication and Urban Studies and Planning, Mary Walshok of Extension and Sociology, and Political Science alumnus Christopher Yanov. Read the UC San Diego press release.


Coming Home: Alumni Faculty Share Why They Came Back to Campus
It’s no secret that UC San Diego’s reputation as is a major draw for prospective students, but it’s also pulled many graduates – including Social Sciences alumni Grant Goodall and Mike Callen – back to campus to serve as faculty members. Callen, a graduate from Economics, is now an assistant professor at the Rady School of Management. Goodall, who said the caliber of faculty and graduate students on campus drew him back, returned to Linguistics.


Logo PsyArXivIntroducing PsyArXiv
PsyArXiv is a recently launched digital archive for the psychological sciences dedicated to providing a free, open access outlet for new findings. It joins a growing collection of open access archives in other academic fields. David Barner of both Linguistics and Psychology serves on PsyArXiv’s steering committee. Read the FAQs.


Really? Most Americans Don't Suffer Information Overload
Dan Hallin of Communication spoke to the Union-Tribune following a Pew report that shows most people in the United States don’t feel overwhelmed by too much information. “The fact that the volume on information circulating has increased doesn’t necessarily mean that most people are consuming more of it. It doesn’t even mean that they are exposed to more of it,” he said.


California Attorney General Pick Pledges Affront to Trump
Political scientist Thad Kousser weighs in on the role of rising California Democrat Xavier Becerra in this widely reprinted Associated Press story.


VOSD logoSacramento Report: Voting Is a Two-Way Street
In the Voice of San Diego, Thad Kousser of Political Science talks about a study he conducted with Seth Hill, also of Political Science. Working with California Common Cause, they sent non-partisan letters to 150,000 of the roughly 4 million Californians who vote in general elections but skip primaries — a group often ignored by campaigns, Kousser said. They found that sending one letter increased turnout by 5.4 percent: “Direct outreach does have an effect,” Kousser said. “Invitations do matter.”


Immigrant Exclusion and Insecurity in Africa
Political scientist Claire Adida speaks about her 2014 book “Immigrant Exclusion and Insecurity in Africa: Coethnic Strangers” with the African American Intellectual History Society. Adida was also interviewed by VOA’s Daybreak Africa on her immigration in Africa research, beginning around the podcast’s 15-minute mark.


Why Immigrants Won’t Self-Deport
In this Los Angeles Times op-ed, Wayne Cornelius of Political Science said “mass self-deportation is destined to remain a fantasy of immigration hawks. Turning the U.S. into a police state to get rid of a large chunk of the labor force that most citizens consider indispensable is not politically sustainable, let alone economically sensible.”


Atlantic leadThe Woman Who Sees Time as a Hula Hoop
A small group of people see calendars not as grids, but as rings, check marks and other objects that seem vividly real. The Atlantic reports that V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology is studying people with this perceptual quirk for insights into the human brain.


Stimulating the Brain Can Bring Back Forgotten Short-Term Memories
People have been wondering for a decade whether short-term memory might work when the neurons aren’t firing, says Edward Ester, a postdoctoral researcher in Psychology. Until now, though, nobody could show this using a direct experiment in humans.


Cute Coincidence? Uranus? One Summer, Three Presidents
“It’s a cute coincidence more than anything else,” political scientist Gary Jacobson said regarding the fact that Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Donald Trump were born within 10 weeks of each other in 1946.


Passing of Anthropology Professor Emeritus Roy D’Andrade
Roy D’Andrade, 84, played an important role at UC San Diego as one of the founding members of the anthropology department, as a strong advocate of research bridging traditional disciplinary boundaries, and as a founder of the field of cognitive anthropology.


Video: CAVEkiosk at UC San Diego Geisel Library Opens

The Geisel Library virtual reality CAVEkiosk is one of four planned for University of California campuses at San Diego, Berkeley, Los Angeles and Merced. All are partners in a UC collaboration led by anthropologist Thomas Levy, director of the Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability (CCAS).



#Calexit – Fun Hashtag, Bad Idea
In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Thad Kousser of Political Science looks to “inject some political reality” into calls for California secession.


Carson2016 AAAS Fellow
Economist Richard Carson is one of five at UC San Diego honored for advancing science applications that are “scientifically or socially distinguished.”


David A. Lake: Master Builder (PDF)
Political scientist David Lake is the 2016-17 American Political Science Association president and was featured in the organization’s October publication: “Intellectually, Lake is and always has been motivated by big questions about how international order is constructed. In his research, he has rigorously parsed what it means for states to build order, arguing order is actively constructed.”


CARTAFellowships Totaling $120,000 Support Graduate Students Studying Human Origins
Four of the 2016 recipients are from the Division of Social Sciences. Co-directed by Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology, the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) will administer the research fellowships.


Young ‘Dreamers’ See Peril as Trump Plans for Deportations
Tom Wong of Political Science, a former advisor to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders under President Barack Obama, spoke with Bloomberg News about potential immigration policy by the incoming administration. The story appeared in such outlets as the Mercury News and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Wong was also quoted in the Union-Tribune, in an article considering what federal funding San Diego might lose if it’s defined as a “sanctuary city.”


This Land Is My Land, That Land Is Your Land

A recent United States of Anxiety podcast, a production of WNYC and The Nation, features David FitzGerald of Sociology addressing just how broken the U.S. immigration system appears to be.


Walking the Talk
Featured in ThisWeek @ UC San Diego, Karthik Muralidharan of Economics is not afraid to get his shoes dirty in the fight against inequality.


Chichen ItzaExperts Say Original Pyramid Found at Mayan Ruins in Mexico
The Associated Press sought the expertise of Geoffrey Braswell of Anthropology about an archaeological find at Chichen Itza, where Braswell has previously conducted research. He compared the pyramid – discovered within two other structures – to a Russian nesting doll and said it might be new or it might have been detected in the 1940s. The story appeared in the New York Times (linked above), CBS News, the Huffington Post, the Daily Mail, Vice and the San Francisco Chronicle, among many others.


Synaesthetes Who ‘See’ Calendar Hint How Our Brains Handle Time
The New Scientist reports on recent research from the lab of V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology: “The idea that calendars are literally laid out in space for some people suggests that we are all hardwired to some extent to map time in space.” CW6, meanwhile, reports on the efforts of two visiting scholars in Ramachandran’s lab, Jason McKeown and Paul McGeoch, to create a new weight-loss device.


Loretta Sanchez Went All-in on a Failed Bid for California's U.S. Senate Seat
Political scientist Thad Kousser tells the Los Angeles Times that Sanchez could use her support base to gain state office as soon as 2018. In both Bloomberg View and the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Kousser discusses political tactics for the next California governor’s race.


UC San Diego Grad’s ‘Rough Draft’ Beer Toasts $35,000 Prize

A San Diego-based craft brewery run by Jeff Silver, an alumnus of Cognitive Science, won a $35,000 prize that will help pay for international expansion efforts.


WTF? New Book Explores Our Fascination With Profanity
KQED’s The California Report interviews Benjamin Bergen of Cognitive Science on his new book. Continued media attention also comes from CBS News, the Statesman and Yahoo! News.


New lactation roomNew Campus Lactation Room Open
Good news for nursing mothers on campus! Sequoyah Hall room 111 is now a dedicated lactation room. This room, one of several on campus, is available to faculty, staff, and graduate students balancing their work and study commitments with family needs.


KUOWThe Rise of Trumpism
“Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s quip that ‘you’re entitled to your own opinions; you are not entitled to your own facts’ no longer applies.” - Robert Horwitz of Communication, writing for Seattle’s National Public Radio affiliate KUOW.


Trump, GOP Victories Don’t Guarantee Unified Government
Political scientist Sam Popkin in the San Diego Union-Tribune says that legislative success is not a certainty “when an outsider captures the presidency.”


The Frightening Effect of ‘Trump Talk’ on America’s Schools
In the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog, Mica Pollock of Education Studies looks at the effect of what she calls “Trump Talk” on students, teachers and school climate, and discusses how educators should respond.


Deplorable, Yourself
Writing just before the election, Isaac Martin of Sociology questions the “economic anxiety thesis” for Trump’s support as he reviews the books “White Rage,” “Strangers in Their Own Land,” “White Trash” and “Hillbilly Elegy.”


Why Hillary Clinton Lost
“It was an incredibly angry electorate,” Thad Kousser of Political Science told the San Francisco Chronicle. “They were not sure Trump was qualified to be president, but were confident he could change things up in Washington.” Before election night, Kousser was quoted in Associated Press and Bloomberg about numerous proposals on the California ballot.


On Average, Trump Comparison of Healthcare, Housing Doesn't Match Data
Jeffrey Clemens of Economics helps to fact check for Politifact’s Truth-o-Meter. 


Contextual RoboticsTackling Changes and Challenges With Robotics
More than 200 engineers and social scientists took part in the annual Contextual Robotics Forum, with a presentation by Ayse Saygin and demos by Andrea Chiba, Virginia de Sa and alumna Deborah Forster, all of Cognitive Science. Dean Carol Padden gave opening remarks.


Facebook Could Be Associated With a Longer Life, Study Finds
A recently released study of 12 million Facebook users, led by James Fowler of Political Science and doctoral student William Hobbs, suggests that online social networks are linked to living longer – when they serve to maintain and enhance real-world social ties. The New York Times (linked above) covered the study, as well as the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Union-Tribune, Smithsonian, People, Reuters, Huffington Post, among many others.


John MooreFirst Year Experience Course Aids in Successful Transition of New Students
ThisWeek@UCSanDiego speaks with John Moore of Linguistics, provost of Muir College, about a course that seeks to arm students with practical tools to navigate the campus.


District's Highly Touted Grad Rate Excluded Thousands of Students
Voice of San Diego story references a study from the San Diego Education Research Alliance directed by Julian Betts of Economics.


Climate WireStudy of 1.5B Votes Finds Warming Will Test Incumbents
While writing his Ph.D. dissertation Political Science, alumnus Nick Obradovich researched the political effects of weather in electoral democracies. Looking at elections across 19 countries from 1925 to 2011, his study finds that when temperatures spiked in the year prior to election, turnover was more likely.


‘What the F’
Talks at Google features Benjamin Bergen of Cognitive Science discussing his book on the complex nature of profanity and its relationship to our culture. Please note that this video contains language some may consider strong.


By Louise Matsakis.The Majority of African Migrants Move Between Countries on the Continent
“Africans migrate in Africa all the time, looking for economic opportunity, interacting with members of their host societies, carving out a life for themselves away from their hometown,” said Claire Adida of Political Science. “Yet we know very little about these communities, their struggles and successes, and we have very little data. This is therefore a phenomenon that remains very much informal and poorly understood.”


Can Your Spouse Help you Get Elected? Here’s What Data from Africa Say
A study led by Claire Adida of Political Science was cited in this Washington Post Monkey Cage blog. The recently published original research is titled “The Spousal Bump: Do Cross-Ethnic Marriages Increase Political Support in Multiethnic Democracies?”


Researchers Have Found a Surprisingly Powerful Effect of Sleeping More
Economics Ph.D. student Jeffrey Shrader’s “Time Use and the Labor Market” is covered in the Washington Post’s Wonkblog.


University of California Statement on Presidential Election Results
President Janet Napolitano and the chancellors of the University of California issued the statement that reiterates the UC’s Principles Against Intolerance on Nov. 9.


Founders DayFounders Day Festival Nov. 18
Daniel Yankelovich, founder of the division’s Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research, is being celebrated with a Chancellor’s Medal at this week’s campus celebration.


DACA studyNew Study of DACA Beneficiaries Shows Positive Economic and Educational Outcomes
This year marks the fourth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, initiative, which provides temporary relief from deportation and work authorization to eligible undocumented immigrants who entered the country at a young age. In this Center for American Progress study, Tom Wong of Political Science leads a team that shows DACA recipients are making significant contributions to the economy, among other findings. The report was covered by the San Diego Union-Tribune, Times of San Diego, KPBS, New America Media and Univision, among others.


New 3-D CAVEkiosk Brings Cyber-Archaeology to Geisel
The university’s iconic, futuristic spaceship of a building, Geisel Library, will unveil its first virtual-reality 3-D display system during a public reception on Monday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. The CAVEkiosk will be open to the campus community and the public at large, and it will also allow researchers to analyze and visualize 3-D data from at-risk archaeological sites in Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Greece, Morocco and Cyprus. The kiosk is part of a UC collaboration led by Tom Levy of Anthropology.


Ken KronerAlumni Play Integral Role in Campus Fundraising
In March, the university will celebrate the kickoff of the public phase of The Campaign for UC San Diego, a bold, ambitious and historic $2 billion fundraising effort. Our alumni are playing an integral role in the campaign, led by Economics alumnus Kenneth Kroner, Ph.D. ’88, a renowned global finance innovator who is chairing the International Leadership Committee. Related: Private support to UC San Diego totals a record-breaking $213 million.


Social Sciences E-Connection Is Out!
Read it here if you haven’t already. The fall issue includes a spotlight on development economist Karthik Muralidharan and how he takes on inequity in India; a letter from Social Sciences Dean Carol Padden on converting empathy to action; and a piece on how the Rising Leaders Program teams undergrads with alumni mentors, among many other stories. Check them out!


The Public Learning Curve
How do people go from raw opinion to judgment? Public opinion expert Daniel Yankelovich, founder of the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research at UC San Diego, explains in this video.


Dear Science: Why Can’t I Tickle Myself?
The Washington Post features psychologist Christine Harris discussing knismesis and other tickling matters that she’s researched. The feature was reprinted broadly.


Vatican, China Consider Deal on Selection of Bishops
The deal could be a diplomatic breakthrough for Pope Francis, reports the Wall Street Journal. But Vatican officials are bracing for protests from its Chinese adherents who have been underground for decades and, says Richard Madsen of Sociology, it could “cause serious divisions in the Chinese Catholic Church.”


Nov. 8: Election Night  2016 – A Political Party
Election returns on a theater screen, pizza, prediction contest and more. Free and open to all; registration required.


Human EnhancementNov. 10: Creating the Perfect Human? The Ethics of Enhancement
Do we have the means necessary to create the perfect human? Do we have a moral responsibility to do so? This public event, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Faculty Club, is part of an NSF-funded project on the ethics of emerging technologies, headed by Andrea Chiba of Cognitive Science. There is also a public event in the evening, at San Diego’s Central Library, focused on the science of learning.


If You Want a More Powerful President Trump, Impose Term Limits on Congress
In this Washington Post Monkey Cage blog post, political scientist by Thad Kousser explains that term limits are a popular idea as old as Ancient Greece, but they often don’t do what people think they will. And they tend to shift power to the executive branch. Kousser was also cited in separate pieces for the San Francisco Chronicle regarding political ramifications to the state’s response to Wells Fargo, and the Los Angeles Times on the California Senate race.


In Praise of Profanity
Cognitive scientist Benjamin Bergen’s latest book, “What the F,” was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, adding to the extensive coverage the book has received. Bergen and the book were also recently featured in Mental Floss and Australia’s ABC, as well as in radio interviews for KPCC, WPR, KUER and BBC.


Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Honor
Design Lab director Don Norman of Cognitive Science received the 2016 Arnold M. Small President’s Distinguished Service award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society at the society’s annual meeting in DC. He was also awarded an honorary degree from the University of the Republic of San Marino. Separately, but while still across the pond, Norman gave a talk on automation and society at the University of Florence, which was also covered by Italian press. Norman was also cited in the UK Register, discussing self-driving cars.


Daily BeastIn 1992, Bill Clinton Launched a Manhattan Project to Win Voters’ Trust. Now It’s Hillary’s Turn.
Political scientist Samuel Popkin was part of Bill Clinton’s “Manhattan Project” – a team of campaign strategists convened to help the 1992 candidate overcome his “Slick Willy” image. Popkin recalls that experience for the Daily Beast and analyzes what Hillary Clinton is doing now to win voters’ trust.


Why a Tech Education Matters
In an article by Forbes outlining the 12 best STEM colleges for international students, John Skrentny of Sociology and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies explains what may be leading foreign-born students to favor study in science, technology, economics and mathematics.


Forget ‘Teach a Man to Fish…’ Just Give Him Cash
Paul Niehaus of Economics was interviewed for a Tiny Spark podcast, saying “We’ve got to go back to people, now, and admit that … our fishing lessons aren’t very good.”


Facebook study

Live Long and… Facebook?
Is social media good for you, or bad? Well, it’s complicated. A study of 12 million Facebook users suggests that using Facebook is associated with living longer – when it serves to maintain and enhance your real-world social ties. The study was led by James Fowler of Political Science and doctoral student William Hobbs, who is now a postdoc at Northeastern. Fowler’s previous research on using the social media platform during election cycles was cited in the Washington Post and Yahoo News, as well.


Active Genetics Goes Global
UC San Diego has received a $70 million commitment from the India-based philanthropic Tata Trusts to establish the Tata Institute for Active Genetics and Society, a collaborative partnership between the university and research operations in India. The institute will include a parallel thrust in society and ethics, involving such social scientists as Karthik Muralidharan and Anita Raj.


UC San Diego News CenterStudents Initiate Ambitious Get Out the Vote Campaign as Nov. 8 Election Nears
Massive voter registration efforts are underway at UC San Diego, as students from the nonpartisan Student Organized Voter Access Committee (SOVAC) race to register 4,000 students. The story quotes SOVAC executive director Liam Barrett, who is majoring in Political Science. Department chair Thad Kousser weighs in on the youth vote. Save the date Nov. 8 for ‘Election Night: A Political Party.”


Why Voting With Your Wallet Means Voting Democratic
“Americans from almost all groups do much better economically when a Democrat is in the White House than when a Republican is,” argue Zoltan Hajnal of Political Science and Barbara Walter of Global Policy and Strategy in this op-ed for CNN.


YankelovichUC San Diego Announces Recipients of Chancellor’s and Revelle Medals
Daniel Yankelovich, founder of the division’s Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research, who also established the Yankelovich Chair in Social Thought, is being celebrated this year with a Chancellor’s Medal. The story notes his “passion for bringing together social science theory and practice for the betterment of society.”


California Teacher of the Year
Education Studies alumna Jenny Anderson is one of two San Diego County educators to be recognized as California Teacher of the Year. Anderson teaches at the Casita Center for Technology, Science, and Math in Vista, where she also leads a fourth grade journalism class and runs the DREAMS lab, which introduces students to the language of coding.


'Beautiful Wasteland'
Ethnic Studies Ph.D. alumna and Dean’s Fellowship recipient Rebecca Kinney published the book “Beautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit as America’s Postindustrial Frontier.” In it, Kinney answers “What is the ‘New Detroit’ that everyone talks about?”


Jerrilyn MalanaUC San Diego Foundation Welcomes 10 New Trustees
Of the 10 new trustees, three are Division of Social Sciences alumni: Kenneth Kroner of Economics, Jerrilyn Malana of Psychology and Robert Brownlie of Economics.


Oct. 28: Contextual Robotics Forum 2016
Focused on the future of robotics, the forum will this year address "Shared Autonomy: New Directions in Human-Machine Interaction." Ayse Saygin of Cognitive Science is one of the featured speakers and the technology showcase includes presentations by Andrea Chiba and Virginia de Sa, also of Cognitive Science. Social Sciences Dean Carol Padden will give remarks. 


Nov. 2:  Fall Quarterly Conversations in Global Health
Join the Global Health Program in the Great Hall to hear an interdisciplinary panel of experts discuss health inequalities from a gender perspective.


KPBS logoUCSD Economist Gauges Number of Workers Hit By Heat
KPBS interviews economist Joshua Graff Zivin about his worker productivity research, which links higher temperatures with lower outcomes. Also covered by CBS 8, his work shows the economic impacts of climate change.


Why Do We Love to Curse So Much?
The New York Times (linked above) and The Economist featured Benjamin Bergen of Cognitive Science and his new book, “What the F.” Bergen participated in a Reddit AMA  and was also highlighted in the UCSD Guardian’s “Behind the Lectern” series.


Thad Kousser Talks Politics and Data
For UC San Diego Extension’s “50 Voices of the Future” series, Thad Kousser of Political Science answers questions like what’s the next big thing in his field and how big an impact politics will have in the region in the future. Kousser was also featured in the Daily Progress and The Hill regarding two California races, and a radio interview for KPCC on spending in the Inland Empire election.


Paul NiehausPaul Niehaus on Rethinking Ways to Eradicate Global Poverty
Economist Paul Niehaus was also included in Extension’s “50 Voice of the Future.” Niehaus says the future looks bright: “In the very big picture, I’m incredibly optimistic. I think if you look at the trends now, there’s a reasonable chance that we will have reduced extreme poverty to a negligible number of people by 2030. To me, it’s all about getting there as quickly as possible.”


アメリカ不法移民の"最前線"
Sociologist David FitzGerald was interviewed by Japan’s Nippon Television about undocumented immigration into the United States. While the report is in Japanese, FitzGerald appears near the 10-minute mark, in English.


Union-TribuneUCSD, Community Colleges Trying to Boost Humanities
Education Studies alumna Carmen Carrasquillo Jay, a former student of Amanda Datnow’s, was featured in San Diego Union-Tribune coverage of a $2.59 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Division of Arts & Humanities and the San Diego Community College District.


Clinton Prepares For ‘Difficult, Challenging’ Debate With Trump
Using his expertise in helping former presidential candidates prep for debates, Samuel Popkin of Political Science spoke with NPR multiple times leading up to the second Clinton-Trump debate. His NPR appearance was also included in a Los Angeles Times op-ed.


Expert Panel on the Science of the Presidential Debate
In a special virtual panel meant specifically for reporters covering the presidential debate, Andrew Kehler of Linguistics tracked the candidates’ comments which imply a meaning without directly stating it. A Bloomberg writer watching the panel followed up with Kehler.


BrandBrand New
UC San Diego breaks boundaries in new branding campaign, which features Paul Niehaus of Economics and Dayo Gore of Ethnic Studies.


Shana CohenGood Schools for All: When to Consider Special Ed
In a recent Voice of San Diego podcast, Shana Cohen of Education Studies talks about how children from different backgrounds sometimes receive varied levels of services for developmental disabilities.


Forget Facts – Check the Candidates’ Innuendo
Andrew Kehler of Linguistics lent his expertise to Bloomberg View on the first debate between U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: “We’re always taking more information away from utterances than what is said, and we don’t realize how we are manipulated this way.” The wire story was picked up widely, from the Chicago Tribune to the Japan Times.


Photo by Mario MorgadoGrand Project to Unify Global Efforts to Understand the Brain
Neuroscientists met in New York to agree on a global mission to understand the workings of the human brain. The meeting included Andrea Chiba of Cognitive Science, along with Terry Sejnowski of the Salk Institute and, at UC San Diego, the Institute for Neural Computation. Science and Nature also reported on the important gathering.


How Big Should Our Government Be?
Lane Kenworthy of the Yankelovich Center and Sociology presented evidence at the Economic Policy Institute about the effects of government spending on economic growth. He and his co-authors argue the United States can afford and would benefit from a significantly larger government presence to make the needed public investment to improve our economic future.


MingConvocation Keynote to Students: Mistakes are Stepping Stones on Path to Greatness
This year’s campus convocation guest speaker was Cognitive Science alumna Vivienne Ming. Ming, who was named one of Inc. magazine’s “10 Women to Watch in Tech,” told the incoming students: “The only bad decision you can make right now is to fail to grow as much as possible.” Along with Communication alumna Hillary Whittington, Ming was also featured in the latest issue of Triton magazine.


Oct. 7 and 8, 7 p.m.: I Was Never Alone – A New Documentary Play
Written by Communication post-doc Cassandra Hartblay, the play is based on interviews with people with disabilities living in Russia. It is presented as part of an interdisciplinary project between the departments of Communication and Theatre and Dance, made possible by the UC San Diego Frontiers of Innovation Scholarship Program.


Oct. 13, 6 p.m.: The Way We Talk – On Stuttering and Related Matters
The Department of Linguistics presents a screening of a documentary film “about grappling with the parts of ourselves that make us feel ashamed.” A Q&A with the director, a UCLA linguist, as well as members of the San Diego chapter of the National Stuttering Association follows. The event is cosponsored by the Division of Social Sciences.


KPBS graphImmigration Reform: Disparate Ideas, Disparate Futures
Political scientist Wayne Cornelius and the Mexico Migration Field Research Project were cited in The New York Times, with additional coverage on shrinking numbers of undocumented Mexican immigrants in BuzzFeed and KPBS.


Veterans Courted in California’s Ballot Fight Over Curbing Drug Prices
Thad Kousser of Political Science says that while there may not be enough veterans to swing a state ballot proposition, there are “clearly enough people who love and trust veterans to swing a campaign.” Kousser was also cited in the Sacramento Bee on overriding a Gov. Brown veto and the Union-Tribune on the state senate campaign.


KocherlakotaOct. 12, 7:30 a.m.: Economics Roundtable
Narayana Kocherlakota, former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will discuss “Is there hope for better performance of the U.S. economy, and should we expect more from U.S. policy?”


Can Facebook's Campaign Push Users to the Polls?
Research by James Fowler of Political Science that looked at social media’s influence on getting people to vote, is cited by the Christian Science Monitor in light of Facebook’s recent four-day campaign. Mumbrella also included Fowler’s work.


Terms of Reference
Aidpreneur welcomed Paul Niehaus of Economics into the studio for a recent Terms of Reference podcast, discussing the radical charity he co-founded, GiveDirectly.


Lera Boroditsky‘We See the World Through the Lens of Language’
In support of her keynote at the DRONGO language festival, the John Adams Institute interviewed Lera Boroditsky of Cognitive Science. “What seems to us so automatic, and so much driven by the world, is instead a combination of factors, including the language that you speak. By the time you see the world, you’re seeing it through the lens of your language,” Boroditsky said. She also appeared on BBC Radio to discuss the different ways of talking about directions in other languages.


Conservative Organizations and the Suspicion of Higher Education
The Princeton University Press blog posted this piece by Amy Binder of Sociology, urging universities to strengthen organizational structures that help all students feel connected to the university and part of a larger community.


The Amazing Race
In a Q&A for Triton, the university’s alumni magazine, political scientist Sam Popkin weighs in on the state of the presidential campaign after balloons dropped on both the Republican and Democratic national. Also featured in Triton: Urban Studies and Planning alumnus Michael Estrada’s Alternative Breaks; Political Science alumnus Nick Obradovich’s collective action research; and a study on how your train of thought derails by Adam Aron of Psychology.


Triton magazineTeaching New Tricks
Cognitive Science alumnus Leo Trottier, co-creator of CleverPet.com – an interactive and adaptive tool to engage dogs in automated activities while owners are out of the house – was also featured in Triton, as was Maker’s Row founder and Sociology alumna Tanya Menendez.


Go Ahead, Curse in Front of Your Kids
Cognitive scientist Benjamin Bergen pens this op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, highlighting work from his new book “What the F.” Coverage for the book continued in the Seattle Times and South China Morning Post.


Ever Wonder What the Teen Brain Is Thinking?
The University of California news and Fosters reported on the landmark national Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. The ABCD Coordinating Center is led by Terry Jernigan of Cognitive Science and the Center for Human Development, and Sandra Brown of Psychology.


Contextual RoboticsSave the Date Oct. 28: Contextual Robotics Forum 2016
Ayse Saygin of Cognitive Science is one of the featured speakers and the technology showcase includes presentations by Andrea Chiba and Virginia de Sa, also of Cognitive Science. Social Sciences Dean Carol Padden will give remarks.


Bergen bookWhat Profanity Teaches Us About Ourselves
Some people cuss like a sailor while others might only drop the occasional f-bomb, but almost everyone swears. Writing in Time magazine about his new book, “What the F,” Benjamin Bergen of Cognitive Science explains what swearing reveals about our brains. The book is receiving widespread coverage, including by KPBS, the Union-Tribune, Globe and Mail, Observer, Science magazine,  Science News, Huffington PostSalon  and The Atlantic, among others.


France’s Burkini Ban
Claire Adida of Political Science argues that France’s ban is a “misguided attempt at protecting women’s rights.”


ABC StudyLandmark National Study of Adolescent Brain Now Underway
The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study will follow 10,000 children for 10 years, into early adulthood.  UC San Diego is one of 19 research sites across the country participating and is also home to the Data Analysis and Informatics Center, as well as the ABCD Coordinating Center directed by Terry Jernigan of Cognitive Science and Sandra Brown of Psychology.


Rock Star Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Tooth Fairy
“The universe is amazing enough that you don’t have to invent stuff just to keep kids entertained,” Tyson said. Gail Heyman of Psychology says there’s no evidence that the Tooth Fairy story is harmful but that she also didn’t want to lie to her children.


Twitter feedRising Academy Partnership Schools Launched in Liberia
Economics graduate students Wayne Sandholtz and Mauricio Romero are taking part in “a bold and deliberately experimental pilot program to explore whether bringing in operators from outside government can help address the chronic crisis of education quality in the public system.” Sandholtz presented on the project in Liberia, which was also covered by Front Page Africa.


TEDxSanDiego Aims to Leave a Legacy
In her column for San Diego Magazine, Political Science alumna Amanda Caniglia features Scott Klemmer of Cognitive Science and the Design Lab. Klemmer is part of this year’s TEDxSanDiego Oct. 22 lineup.


A Revolutionary Experiment in Giving May Face a Surprising Challenge
GiveDirectly, which has been providing no-strings-attached cash transfers to individuals in Kenya and Uganda for several years, has begun an experiment with universal basic income. The radical move is encountering skepticism from recipients. Business Insider spoke with GiveDirectly co-founder, economist Paul Niehaus.


AndersonCounty’s Five Teachers of the Year Named
Education Studies alumna Yun “Jenny” Tzu Anderson, a Vista STEM teacher at the Casita Center for Technology, Science and Math, is one of five San Diego County “Teachers of the Year.” Anderson will now compete for the state title. EDS alumna Jennifer Roberts of Point Loma High School was also among the finalists, selected from the region’s 26,000 teachers.


On Refugees, We Must Do Better
Salon looks to David FitzGerald of Sociology for their report on refugees. The sentiment that refugees pose a threat, FitzGerald said, has long been a staple of U.S. politics.


brain diagramYou Can Read Scrambled Words – Under Certain Conditions
In this video blog post for Brainstuff, Marta Kutas of Cognitive Science and the Center for Research in Language says context is important.


The Economist Slammed for Article
A critique of the way the magazine covered research by economist Gordon Dahl.


UC San Diego a Prominent Presence at Startups Demo Day in D. C.
“UC San Diego has innovation and entrepreneurship in our DNA,” said psychologist and Vice Chancellor for Research Sandra Brown. “These high-potential young companies exemplify that spirit, and merit the national recognition they will receive.”


Executive Power Can Still Affect Immigration Enforcement
In The New York Times’ “Room for Debate,” Gordon Hanson of Economics and GPS says presidents can – and have – shaped immigration policy, in spite of opposition from other branches of government. Hanson’s additional media on immigration, as well as on trade, include: The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, the Houston Chronicle and PBS NewsHour,  among others.


#21: Affirmative Action Bake Sale
Closing out their program, the Cited podcast features sociologist Amy Binder’s work about conservative student life on university campuses.


Following Growth of ‘Stem Cell Clinics,’ FDA Poised to Crack Down
Economist and Global Health Institute co-director Joshua Graff Zivin likens the growth of stem-cell clinics to medicine’s “Wild West.”


LA TimesThe Results on Voter ID Laws Are In — and It’s Bad News for Ethnic and Racial Minorities
For the Los Angeles Times, Zoltan Hajnal of Political Science discusses how his research shows that the racial turnout gap doubles or triples in states that enact strict voter-identification laws. Hajnal’s work was also featured in Think Progress and Real Clear Politics.


U.S. Admiral: ISIS Coming to Pacific
Eli Berman of Economics was sought out for this Union-Tribune article.


Sex, Drugs and Guns: Coming to a Ballot Near You!
In this op-ed, political scientist Thad Kousser explains why there will be so many initiatives on the California ballot this November. Kousser also spoke about the ballot with the Fresno Bee.  On NBC 7 San Diego, he addressed campaign giving and why California money is going to races out of state.


Diana DeutschAudio Engineering Society to Honor Deutsch With Gold Medal
Diana Deutsch of Psychology is being recognized for “lifelong contributions to the understanding of the human hearing mechanism and the science of psychoacoustics.” She will accept the Gold Medal Award at the Audio Engineering Society’s 141st convention in Los Angeles on Sept. 29.


Interdisciplinary UC San Diego Initiative Is Hiring
The university is launching a campus-wide initiative to hire tenure-track or tenured faculty conducting research with the broad goal of understanding human knowledge, learning and creativity.


Williams Syndrome neuronsWhat Makes Humans Social?
Neurodevelopmental study on Williams Syndrome may give clues. Research on the rare genetic condition, which produces individuals with extremely sociable personalities, may also shed light on biology and behavior of persons with autism and other social disorders. Coverage of the Nature paper – by Katerina Semendeferi of Anthropology, and students Branka Hrvoj and Kari Hanson, along with colleagues at UC San Diego Health Sciences and the Salk Institute – included Live Science, Daily Mail and Times of San Diego.


If Millennials Truly Want to Start a Political Revolution, They’ll Need to Vote
Zoltan Hajnal of Political Science says any talk of massive voter shifts is conjecture: “I have not seen anybody providing numbers showing an extraordinary number of young voters,” he told Quartz.


Rivera Collazo On SiteNew Wave of Scientists Join San Diego Universities
The San Diego Union-Tribune highlights environmental archaeologist Isabel Rivera-Collazo of Anthropology, who studies coastal communities and how people respond to climate change, and Philip Guo of Cognitive Science, who researches human-computer interaction, online learning and computing education.


California’s 2016 Ballot: ‘Sex. Drugs. Guns. Death.’
Thad Kousser of Political Science breaks down this year’s California ballot for The Hill. “Our ballot’s going to be long,” he said, “but it’s going to be a page-turner.”


Sept. 14, 9 p.m.: ‘School of the Future’ Airs on PBS

Save the date or set your DVR: Terry Jernigan of Cognitive Science and the Center for Human Development is part of this NOVA special. Can the science of learning – including new insights from neuroscientists, psychologists, and educators – reveal how kids’ brains work and tell us which techniques are most likely to engage and inspire growing minds?


Quetzal Mama Scholars Ready to Soar
Education Studies Ph.D. student Roxanne Ocampo and her work with the Quetzal Mama Scholars program was featured in the Union-Tribune and Entravision. Two books by Ocampo are also finalists for the 2016 International Latino Book Awards.


Todd HyltonTodd Hylton Joins UC San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute
“Social scientists are in the business of solving society’s problems. We could have called this an institute of robotics, but we made a point of calling it contextual robotics, integrating context from the start. To solve the challenges that people and industries face, we need robots that are compatible with the human brain and behavior, our public space and cultural infrastructure.” – Carol Padden, dean of the Division of Social Sciences. The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Metropolitan and Xconomy published the news, among others.


Which City Will Actually Get the $15 Minimum Wage First?
Because many of the new minimum wage laws are being phased in slowly, it will be difficult to disentangle their effects on employers from the effects of other slow-moving economic developments, said Jeffrey Clemens of Economics.


UC San Diego Named Among World’s Best
According to the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities, UC San Diego is 14th best in the world and third among public universities. Division of Social Sciences’ work helped contribute to UC San Diego’s standing as a powerhouse.


UC San Diego studentsNation’s No. 1 Public School
Washington Monthly ranks UC San Diego tops among public universities for serving the public interest.


San Diego’s Smart City and Cybersecurity Cluster
Psychologist Sandra Brown, vice chancellor for research, is one of the region’s decision-makers, writes Forbes, “attempting to bring together elements of academia, talent and entrepreneurship to create a ‘world-leader’ in Smart Cities.” The piece includes the MetroLab initiative, a city-university partnership addressing such challenges as income inequality, infrastructure weakness, security, environmental sustainability and transportation.


Poker’s Central Ambassadors
Communication alumna Maria Ho, a professional poker player, is featured as a leader in her industry.


Olympics Spoilers
Avoiding Olympics spoilers is futile. But spoilers don’t always hurt enjoyment of an event and can actually enhance it, according to research by Nicholas Christenfeld of Psychology, reports NBC News.


KPBS logoKenyan Refugee Camp Closure Shakes San Diego’s Somali Population
KPBS News interviews Political Science graduate student John Porten on the Dabaab camp, the world’s largest refugee camp. Porten and fellow Ph.D. student Michael Seese are conducting a survey of the Dabaab camp.


Council Race Could Bring Some Twists
Political Science alumnus Daniel Dumouchel files to run for Oceanside City Council.


In the Long Run, Republicans Are Screwed
Gary Jacobson of Political Science is cited in this Pacific Standard op-ed.


Focus: NAFTA in U.S. Campaign Spotlight

Gordon Hanson of Economics lays the groundwork for this in-depth article on trade between the United States, Mexico and China. To start, Hanson says, “Mexico is our teammate. … When you look at manufacturing in the U.S., you have to look at manufacturing in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.” Hanson’s work was also cited in this Associated Press feature on trade.


The Science of How and Why We Swear
Benjamin Bergen of Cognitive Science speaks with Gizmodo about his new book “What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves.”


Erik GartzkeWhy Is Iran Harassing U.S. Warships?
“It could be they are testing the waters and seeing how much did they actually get with the deal,” Erik Gartzke of Political Science told the Union-Tribune. “Are they going to get enough of a free hand that the compromises they made in terms of (nuclear) proliferating are worth it to them?”


Investing: Nothing Looks Good
Ross Star of Economics discusses interest rates and bonds with the San Diego Reader.


Resilience Project Technical Report
For the last two years, the American Planning Association has worked with Urban Studies and Planning and others on a FEMA-funded project, “Innovations in Planning and Public Engagement for Community Resilience.” APA has released a technical report on the conclusion of the project’s first phase. USP’s Robert Leiter is one of the project leads.


Australia’s Ranked Ballot Headaches Need Not Be Imported by Canada
Arend Lijphart of Political Science, who is scheduled to testify on electoral reform in Canada, explains ranked ballot systems to the Canadian Press.


Save CA Residents From a Language Drought: Vote ‘Yes’ This Fall
Ana Celia Zentella of Ethnic Studies co-writes an opinion piece for the American Anthropological Association, published in the Huffington Post: “Proposition 58-LEARN offers California state residents the opportunity to access an untapped and invaluable resource that can provide an edge in the global economy: multilingualism.”


Drawing Somerville's RabbitsAncient Mexicans May Have Raised Rabbits
“They were breeding rabbits as a form of specialized labor,” said Anthropology lecturer Andrew Somerville, who led the team of anthropologists that made the discovery. The study, co-authored by Margaret Schoeninger, garnered media attention around the world, including The Daily Mail, the New Historian and the Archaeological Institute of America.


Innovate 8 screen grab - 'Listening to Waves'Innovate 8: Listening to Waves
Waves are everywhere:  the sea, the brain and sounds all around us. UC San Diego researchers Alexander Khalil and Victor Minces, former and current post-docs in Cognitive Science, are helping local high school students explore the fundamental science of waves by making music – creating musical instruments and analyzing their acoustic properties. Minces and Khalil are also alumni of the university and affiliates of the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center at UC San Diego. The video features “Listening to Waves” at High Tech High in Chula Vista.


For Journalists Covering Trump, a Murrow Moment
“After months of holding back, modern-day journalists are acting a lot like Murrow [with Sen. McCarthy], pushing explicitly against Donald Trump.” The Columbia Journalism Review uses “Hallin Spheres,” developed by Daniel Hallin of Communication, in its analysis. Hallin sees political discourse as falling into three concentric spheres: consensus, legitimate controversy and deviance.


UC OlympianUC Olympians Go for the Gold
University of California is sending so many athletes to this year’s Summer Olympics in Brazil that they make up 8 percent of the U.S. delegation, representing 18 sports and 27 countries. Tom Black, a Political Science alumnus and former Triton coach, is serving as assistant coach to the top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Black was featured in the NBC 7 coverage.


UCSD to Explore, Digitize 100 Shipwrecks in Bermuda
Research at the Qualcomm Institute, including work by Tom Levy of Anthropology, is featured in the Union-Tribune.


Rethinking the Role of Government in Society
New York Times’ Eduardo Porter makes the case for more government, citing a recent book by sociologist Lane Kenworthy, director of the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research. Kenworthy and his co-authors lay out four key tasks for the U.S. government: “improving the economy’s productivity, bolstering workers’ economic security, investing in education to close the opportunity deficit of low-income families, and ensuring that Middle America reaps a larger share of the spoils of growth.”


Megan Hopkins2016 Most and Least Educated Cities: The Experts
Critical thinking and problem solving, Megan Hopkins of Education Studies tells WalletHub, are the keys skills we should as a country focus on teaching. “What is taught in K-12 schools needs to reflect the skills that adults will need to use in the workforce,” she said. “Our current focus on testing and accountability has led us to a place where many schools focus on teaching to the test.”


‘Lost’ Generation
Inside Higher Ed fact-checks the persistent idea, promoted at the GOP convention, that liberal professors politically indoctrinate their students. Sociologist Amy Binder argues the Republican Party is out of step with millennials on the environment, LGBT rights, education and immigration, among other social issues. Campus Reform also covered the topic and cited the book “Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives,” by Binder and doctoral student Kate Wood.


Hillary Clinton Seeks Party Unity Amid ‘a Lot of Anger out There’
Clinton risks further alienating Sanders supporters if she fails to make concessions to them, said Sam Popkin of Political Science.


El Nacional logo¿Por Que los Latinos Definiran el Proximo Presidente de EEUU?
Venezuela’s El Nacional newspaper interviews David FitzGerald of Sociology about why Latinos will “define” the next U.S. president. FitzGerald says there could be a “Trump effect,” leading even more Latino voters to vote for Hillary Clinton.


Tijuana Looks Inward, Not Northward, to Spark Cultural Revival
Fonna Forman of Political Science, co-director of the Cross-Border Initiative, says Tijuana hadn’t been taken seriously since World War II. “Tijuana was long considered a place where you go to be sinful and escape,” she said.


Barner book cover‘Core Knowledge and Conceptual Change’
Oxford University Press publishes the latest co-edited book by David Barner of Psychology and Linguistics, part of its Oxford Series in Cognitive Development.


Tighter Restrictions Are Losing in the Battle Over Voter ID Laws
“At the moment, the side that wants fewer voting restrictions seems to be winning,” reports FiveThirtyEight in a piece that features research by Zoltan Hajnal of Political Science. “The enactment of strict voter ID laws,” Hajnal said, “tends to double or triple the gap in turnout between whites and racial and ethnic minorities.” Hajnal’s research was also cited in Vice News.


London SmogA Lifetime Later, a Smog Attack's Full Cost Is Seen
London's great smog event of 1952 is linked to a staggering surge in asthma finds Prashant Bharadwaj of Economics in a new study co-authored with Joshua Graff Zivin of the School of Global Policy and Strategy, among others. Worst hit were children aged 1 and younger, even in utero. “The youngest Londoners ,” Marketplace reports, “turned out to be five times more likely to have asthma. Nearly 25 percent of those in London during the Great Smog reported having asthma; those not in the city at the time reported a 5 percent rate.” Also reporting on the research: The London Times, Medical Research and Health Day.


Beyond the Wall: Costly Answer in California Altering the Landscape
“We treasure it,” Oscar Romo of Urban Studies and Planning said about the Tijuana River Estuary. “However, we are trashing it with these pieces of infrastructure that are not helping, that are not well-designed, that are generating heavy impacts on the natural resources of this area.”


Molly RobertsThe Internet Was Supposed to Foster Democracy; China Has Different Ideas
The Washington Post cites recent research by Molly Roberts of Political Science.


United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps

President Barack Obama cited research by Jeffrey Clemens of Economics in his recent paper on health care reform published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Obama emphasized the implications of Clemens' research, finding that Medicare payment reforms have system-wide effects due to their effects on private health insurers' payment models.


VerhoefVeni Grant to Verhoef
Center for Research in Language post-doc Tessa Verhoef has been named a recipient of a Veni grant from the Dutch Science Foundation. This, along with her Rubicon Postdoctoral Fellowship and UC San Diego Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program fellowship, are highly sought, junior-career grants.


Four in 10 UC Students do Not Have a Consistent Source of Nutritious Food, Survey Says
In the Los Angeles Times, recent Economics graduate Dominick Suvonnasupa said he budgeted just $650 a month for housing in a market that commands hundreds more. As a result, he ran short of money for food and cut back to two meals daily. Suvonnasupa was also interviewed for the Huffington Post.


Trudeau White HouseDoes Justin Trudeau Really Say ‘Uh’ All the Time?
Research by Nicholas Christenfeld of Psychology on counting speech tics was included in this National Post article. Christenfeld said tics like those from the Canadian Prime Minister accumulate depending on the “range of options being considered” when answering a question. The article was picked up by numerous Canadian media.


Denise Whisenhunt Named Interim President of SD City College
Current San Diego City College’s vice president of student services and Political Science alumna Denise Whisenhunt has been appointed interim president of the city’s oldest community college.


'I'm Just Ribbing You': Where'd That Come From?
The story cites a 2005 study by V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology, which found that a particular region of the brain is at least partly responsible for our ability to understand figurative language.


Ocean ShutterstockThe Ocean Is Full of Treasure if You Know Where to Look
“Finding money in the world’s oceans is a lot easier than finding Dory,” writes Grist on a recent paper by a team of researchers that includes Ted Groves of Economics and alumna Summer Martin. The paper for the first time puts a dollar value on the Eastern Tropical Pacific’s “ecosystem services.”


Donald Trump Promised ‘Amazing’ Convention; Well, It’s Certainly Different
Political scientist Samuel Popkin told the Sacramento Bee that incidents like the Trump campaign’s failure to check Melania Trump’s speech highlight an amateur campaign. “I don’t know that it matters quite yet, but it often makes the person look like he’s not the whiz of management that could run a government,” he said. In a separate piece, Popkin spoke on the need for Hillary Clinton to gain support from former candidate Bernie Sanders.


Sac BeeCalifornia GOP Hits Cleveland
The Republican Party has had a problem in California, said Thad Kousser of Political Science, since 1994’s Prop. 187. Though the ballot initiative to restrict public services to undocumented immigrants was later overturned by the courts, it alienated many of the state’s Latinos.


EconomistIt’s a Boy Thing
The Economist’s 1843 magazine explores a phenomenon observed by Gordon Dahl of Economics: Men are more likely to marry, and stay married to, women who bore them sons rather than daughters.


Neuroscientists Say Multitasking Literally Drains the Energy Reserves of Your Brain
Hal Pashler of Psychology explains recent research to Quartz, saying that not all attempts at multitasking are equally draining.


Lilly IraniOn Demand, and Demanding Their Rights
Turkopticon was co-created by Lilly Irani of Communication and gives Amazon’s “invisible” Mechanical Turk workers a tool to protect themselves against employers who cheat, reports The American Prospect in a long piece on the new digital on-demand economy. “Our first goal was to give workers an ability to help each other: mutual aid,” Irani said. “But that isn’t the same as voice.”


U.S. Moves to No. 1 in Global Oil Reserves
Economist James Hamilton questions whether recoverable oil reserves are worth exploiting. The story was reprinted in the Los Angeles Times.


Higher EdCareer Counselors or Headhunters?
Inside Higher Ed explores research by Amy Binder of Sociology and Ph.D. candidate Daniel Davis looking at the potentially problematic relationships between university career centers and companies.


Refugee Crisis in Europe
C-SPAN recorded the presentations of a German diplomat and several academics, including David FitzGerald of Sociology. Fitzgerald’s portion begins in the 21st minute of the video.


Bolivia Decides It’s Time to Ditch the Gregorian Calendar
On PRI’s The World, Paul Goldstein of Anthropology weighs in on the Bolivian president’s push to resurrect an indigenous calendar. Starting in the 43rd minute, Goldstein explains the ancient Aymara calendar and the challenges of switching today.


Putting Designs on a Growing Career
The Union-Tribune’s “Employment News” column, by Jennifer Davies of UC San Diego Extension, highlights the Design Lab’s recent Design Forward symposium and Don Norman of Cognitive Science. “Design is a way of thinking and doing that can transform lives, businesses and communities,” he said. Norman was also featured in the San Diego Business Journal (registration required).


ContextRobotTop Robotics Expert to Lead Contextual Robotics Institute
“Henrik Christensen is a world leader in robotics with an exceptional track record in education, research and industry partnerships. He is a leader who will build bridges between engineering, computer science and the social sciences as we work together as a campus to develop the useful robotics systems that will improve human lives,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. The Union-Tribune reported on the UC San Diego hire.


Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Takes a Page From Bill’s Playbook
The Los Angeles Times looks at presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s campaign, using concepts introduced by Samuel Popkin of Political Science. Popkin and his book “The Candidate” were also cited in the New York Times Magazine article “What Makes a Politician ‘Authentic?’”


Latest Benghazi Report Has ‘No New Evidence of Wrong Doing’
In a Southern California Public Radio interview, political scientist Thad Kousser discusses Hillary Clinton’s campaign following the release of the proposed final report by the Select Committee on Benghazi. Kousser also spoke with the Los Angeles Times about the November California ballot: “Hardly anything on this ballot is boring,” he said.


Woolard26th Ramon Llull International Prize
Kathryn Woolard of Anthropology has been recognized by the Ramon Llull International Prize for “making a notable contribution to disseminating the situation of Catalan among the academic community.” Oxford University Press, meanwhile, is publishing Woolard’s book, “Singular and Plural: Ideologies of Linguistic Authority in 21st Century Catalonia.”


Ferreira to Serve on NIH Center for Scientific Review
Congratulations to Victor Ferreira of Psychology, who will serve as a member of the Language and Communication Study Section of the NIH Center for Scientific Review. Members are selected for a four-year term on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline.


Treasury Yields Predict Interest Rates Best, Fed Study Shows
Reuters reports on research coauthored by James Hamilton of Economics.


Researchers Created Literal Windows Into the Brains of Fruit Flies
New York Magazine’s Science of Us video features research by Takeo Katsuki, Dhruv Grover and Ralph Greenspan of Cognitive Science and the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind.


Wall Street JournalElection 2016 Is Propelled by the American Economy’s Failed Promises
Economist Gordon Hanson is quoted in the Wall Street Journal (linked above), with his work cited in The Economist, Investor’s Business Daily, Bloomberg Politics, The Christian-Science Monitor and Bloomberg View.


UC Graduates Making the Most of Opportunity Through Public Service
An op-ed by University of California President Janet Napolitano highlights recent graduate Vincent Pham, Political Science major and Education Studies minor, who tutored students in underserved schools. Now that the student mentor and former UCSD Guardian editor-in-chief has graduated, he will travel to Vietnam for a year of service as the recipient of a Fulbright. When he returns, he plans to teach students in low-income communities.


Olum UTSchool’s Out for National Schools Chief
Economics alumnus and National School District Superintendent Chris Oram retired after 37 years, the last seven serving as the district’s chief executive. Oram and his work were featured in the Union-Tribune.


Beijing Establishes a D.C. Think Tank, and No One Notices
Sociologist Thomas Medvetz’s book “Think Tanks in America” is included in this Foreign Policy report, reprinted in Yahoo! News.


AdmitUC San Diego Admits Most Diverse Class for Fall 2016
Compared to last year, UC San Diego admitted 46.2 percent more historically underrepresented freshmen and 30.7 percent more transfers. At the freshman level, the largest increase of 58 percent is among Mexican-American students, which is followed by black students at 38 percent and Latino students at 28 percent. For transfers, the largest increase of 46 percent comes from black students followed by Native Americans at 31 percent, Latinos at 30 percent and Mexican-Americans at 27 percent.


Don Norman UTSummit Unites Designers, Industry
Don Norman of Cognitive Science and the Design Lab spoke on KPBS Midday Edition about the lab’s design summit and his goals to make the region a hub for “design thinking.” The summit was also covered by the Union-Tribune (linked above) and San Diego Magazine.


Nitza Villapol: The Woman Who Taught Cubans to Cook With Just About Anything
Discussing “Cuba’s Julia Child” with NPR, Hanna Garth of Anthropology said the legacy of Villapol is much more than a collection of recipes.


CarranzaGraduating Student With Muscular Dystrophy Shows Incredible Strength to Achieve His Dreams
Raul Carranza, a Chula Vista native who graduated with a degree in Political Science this year, is passionate about American politics, cares about social justice, studies hard and has a wry sense of humor. But that is not all that sets him apart. Born with muscular dystrophy, Carranza has only limited use of his right thumb. He will soon apply to law school and plans to run for public office someday. Both the campus story (linked above) and the Union-Tribune cite praise from two of his favorite faculty members: Nathan Fletcher and Mattheus Stephens.


Sally Ride Science Conversations
On UCTV’s STEAM channel, Beth Simon of Education Studies offers fresh ways to keep tech-phobic students engaged.


Babies Are Sponges for Language – Spoken and Signed
NSF’s Science Nation features the work of Rain Bosworth, an alumna of Psychology who is now a research scientist in the department’s Infant Vision Lab.


Here’s How Text Analysis Is Transforming Social-Science Research
Political scientist Molly Roberts edited a recent “virtual issue” on innovations in text analysis for social science and spoke about the subject with The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage.


GrovesHidden Values of Open Ocean
A study by Theodore Groves of Economics, together with researchers from Scripps Oceanography and NOAA Fisheries, for the first time puts a dollar value to the “ecosystem services” provided by the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean.


Santa Barbara Selects New Police Chief
Communication alumna Lori Luhnow, a 27-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department, will be Santa Barbara’s first female top officer.


NiehausUC San Diego & You
Videos are available from two UCSD Alumni regional events: Dayo Gore of Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies in San Diego, and Paul Niehaus of Economics in New York.


A Female Exec’s Life Lesson: ‘You Don’t Have to Accept the Status Quo’
Economics alumna and Concur President Elena Donio didn’t get in to her college of choice, UC San Diego, on first attempt: “She remembers telling her father, holding up in defeat the skinny envelop college applicants fear. But Donio’s father taught her never to be satisfied. He told her to go on a campaign to get into that college. She graduated from the school four years later.”


California Democrats Target Trump in Congressional Races
Thad Kousser of Political Science spoke with the AP on which of the state’s Republicans the Dems will attempt to unseat and with Reuters about a pending Bay Area referendum on taxing soda.


San Diego MagazineLife on the Mesa: What You Didn’t Know About Muhammad Yunus
Amanda Caniglia, a Political Science alumna, is a business owner who teaches languages and dance, and writes about meeting UC San Diego commencement speaker Muhammad Yunus in her latest San Diego Magazine column.


Openings: This Column May Contain Spoilers – But So What?
Research by Nicholas Christenfeld of Psychology is featured in the Financial Times (registration required).


UC San Diego Faculty Call on Regents to Divest UC Funds From Fossil Fuels
Adam Aron of Psychology said it was important for faculty to show moral leadership on the issue.


Hall of FameUC San Diego Athletics Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Honorees
An NCAA Division III Men’s Golf champion his graduating year, Economics alumnus Pat Weishan was selected as one of this year’s honorees.


Antisemitism Is Flourishing on California Campuses
Noah Lightman, a recent graduate of Political Science and appointed member of Associated Students for the 2015-2016 academic year, was interviewed.


Caroline Dessert Returns to San Diego LGBT Community Center
Psychology alumna Cara Dessert will be the center’s chief development and community engagement officer.


Dismembered Central American Migrants Ask for Change in US Strategy
Sociologist David FitzGerald, co-director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, said a U.S.-supported plan that boosts Mexico’s deportations of Central Americans forces migrants onto more dangerous routes through Mexico. Mexico, he said, is being used as a buffer state: “There’s a high human cost to this kind of buffer policy.”


The Science Behind Why Breaking a Bad Habit Is So Hard
“If you change the context or go about things in a different behavioral pattern, it can help you break out of habit,” said Christina Gremel of Psychology, lead author on research recently published in Neuron.


Quoting the Gray Lady Ain’t Cheap
In regards to creating the book “Making Health Public: How News Coverage Is Remaking Media, Medicine, and Contemporary Life,” co-author Daniel Hallin of Communication explains how the New York Times charged the researchers $1,884 for three quoted passages.


KiserUC San Diego’s Stellar Students From the Class of 2016
More outstanding students are featured: Heidi Martinez, who earned a degree in Political Science, and Tracey Kiser, who earned a Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning from Education Studies.


Making a Splash
“Finding Dory” broke box office records opening weekend, and no doubt all those involved are celebrating – including Pixar production manager and Sociology alumna Rebecca Neiman.


Imperial Beach Braces for Rising Sea Levels
Mayor of Imperial Beach Serge Dedina, an alumnus of Political Science, was interviewed twice by the Voice of San Diego on rising sea levels. Additionally, Dedina’s nonprofit WILDCOAST was honored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins as nonprofit of the year for environmental work in the U.S. and Mexico.


Creating a Window Into a Fly’s Brain
New York Times’ Science Take video and story on research by Takeo Katsuki, Dhruv Grover and Ralph Greenspan of Cognitive Science. Published in Nature Methods, the study from the university’s Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind gives a first look into the brain of a freely walking fruit fly. Part of why this feat matters: Scientists can study the fly's brain while it's being social.


'There Has to Be a Change': Local Experts Describe How to Reduce Terror Threat
Terrorism expert Eli Berman of Economics spoke with NBC 7 about the mass shooting in Orlando.


Why Are So Many Swear Words Monosyllabic?
For a Slate “Lexicon Valley” podcast, cognitive scientist Benjamin Bergen discusses the science of cursing and his forthcoming book “What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves.”


Hellman Fellows Program Supports Junior Faculty on Tenure Track
This year’s winners from Social Sciences include Abigail Andrews of Sociology, Mattie Marie Harper of Ethnic Studies and Molly Roberts of Political Science.


YankelovichSeeking Solutions to Pressing Problems
“The Yankelovich Center is helping us to fulfill our mission of educating next-generation leaders and conducting research that transforms lives,” Chancellor Khosla said in this blog post. The Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research and its namesake, Daniel Yankelovich, were celebrated at a special reception held at Geisel University House.


June 16: Design Forward Summit
Civic leaders, industry innovators and designers come together to explore the potential and power of human-centered design in driving San Diego’s economic growth and global identity. The day-long event will demonstrate design as a critical component of San Diego’s innovation strategy. The event features Don Norman of Cognitive Science and the Design Lab and Mary Walshok of Sociology and UCSD Extension, as well as San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and many other leaders.


Like Sweden, a 6-Hour Workday for Americans?
Economist James Hamilton says a six-hour workday may be ideal for parents with young children, but likely not feasible for those with a long commute. “Rather than dictate a single arrangement that everyone has to follow, it makes more sense for employees to match up with jobs that best suit their own needs, and employers to try to accommodate whenever possible,” he said.


Clinton Can't Win for Losing
Heading into the California primary, Thad Kousser of Political Science was interviewed by U.S. News & World Report (link above), CNBC, Toronto’s CTV News, The Straits Times out of Singapore and Washington’s The Hill.


APStudents Seeking Sugar Daddies for Tuition, Rent
As reported by the Associated Press and distributed widely, “Sugar Daddy" arrangements have existed for ages but the phenomenon is not well studied. The AP cited Kevin Lewis of Sociology, who in part studies online dating. "[The internet] allows you to hone in on what you want,” Lewis said. “You could argue it is just making the market more efficient."


Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison, Artistic Giants of Postwar Harlem
Gabriel Mendes of Ethnic Studies, author of the recently published book “Under the Strain of Color,” spoke with the New York Times.


US Voter ID Laws Balance Risk of Fraud, Barring People From Polls
Political scientist Zoltan Hajnal’s work on voter identification laws is included in this Voice of America report.


Does Having A ‘Wingman’ Actually Help You Get A Date?
The YouTube science channel ASAP Science pulled from a 2013 paper by Drew Walker and Edward Vul of Psychology, “Hierarchical Encoding Makes Individuals in a Group Seem More Attractive.”


Alumnus Takes on 10,000-mile ‘Mongol Rally’ for Charity
Cognitive Science alumnus Nick Bokaie, ’15, said he stumbled on the rally soon after he’d finished school and decided there was “no better time” to take on the journey, which starts in London and ends in Russia, about 400 miles north of Mongolia’s capital.


Social Distortion, With Chinese Characteristics
Research on the Chinese government and social media by Molly Roberts of Political Science was featured by U.S. News & World Report in its “Best Countries” rankings.


Big Government‘How Big Should Our Government Be?’
Lane Kenworthy of Sociology and the Yankelovich Center has coauthored a book that examines how to optimize growth and fair distribution.


Yankelovich Center Seed-Funding Awards, 2015-16
Funded research and their principal investigators include: "Enhancing College Completion through Peer Coaching,” Eli Berman of Economics; "Improving Odds: Enhancing Access to Quality Autism Interventions for Low-Income, Mexican-Heritage Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders," Shana Cohen of Education Studies; "How Are Voters Willing to Pay for Social Policy? A Computational Analysis of California Ballot Measures,” Isaac Martin of Sociology; "Can Monetary Incentives for Instructors and Students Boost Performance in Community College?" Sally Sadoff, Rady School of Management; and "America’s Shadow Training System: University Extension Schools in Regional Tech Economies," John Skrentny of Sociology and Mary Walshok of Sociology and UCSD Extension.


Marez'Farm Worker Futurism'
In his new book, Curtis Marez of Ethnic Studies describes how one of America’s key social movements led the way in using new media for justice.


Honoring Alumni Achievements
Each year during Alumni Weekend, UC San Diego recognizes esteemed graduates who have brought distinction to the university through their leadership, professional achievements and personal accomplishments. This year, five alumni were honored, including language creator David Peterson of Linguistics.


CarverTwo New Provosts to Take the Helm
Psychologist Leslie Carver has been appointed Thurgood Marshall College’s new provost. Carver has been director of the Developmental Cognitive and Social Neuroscience Lab for 14 years.


July 7: Economics Roundtable
Shantayanan Devarajan, chief economist of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region, will discuss "How Arab oil exporters and importers can benefit from low oil prices."


All Campus Commencement Ceremony
This year’s undergraduate student speaker, Karina Mohajerani of Psychology, plans on working with social businesses to address poverty after graduation. “Having a Nobel Peace Prize recipient as this year’s guest speaker is already a noteworthy experience; furthermore, his work with social businesses is exactly what influenced me to take the career path that I have chosen,” she said.


GradsUC San Diego’s Stellar Students From the Class of 2016
A small sampling: Ph.D. graduate Nick Obradovich of Political Science breaks barriers when it comes to climate change research; Sociology and Psychology graduate Kyra Hendrickson strives to contribute to criminal justice reforms; devoted student mentor Isi Iyoha of Psychology and biology aspires to promote reproductive health in underserved communities; and UCSD Guardian editor-in-chief Vincent Pham, graduating with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Education Studies, will pursue teaching upon graduation.


RobertsResearchDistract and Conquer: New Study Sheds Light on China’s Online Propaganda Strategy
Research co-authored by Molly Roberts of Political Science estimates that the Chinese government posts approximately 448 million social media comments per year, aiming to change the subject rather than argue with critics. The first, large-scale empirical analysis of the covert operation, the study was covered by the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal (linked above), the Associated Press and many others.


The Real Refugee Crisis Is in the Middle East, not Europe
Sociology Ph.D. candidate and Center for Comparative Immigration Studies researcher Rawan Arar writes in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage.


GremelHow the Brain Makes – and Breaks – a Habit
Not all habits are bad. Some are even necessary. But inability to switch from acting habitually to acting in a deliberate way can underlie addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder. A study led by Christina Gremel of Psychology identifies brain chemicals and neural pathway that allows for habit to control behavior.  Business Standard and Tech Times, among others, reported on the findings.


Bernie Sanders Faithful Look for Victories in Likely Defeat
The Sacramento Bee turned to Thad Kousser of Political Science several times for election expertise, including for stories on presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and on hurdles for nonpartisan voters. Kousser also spoke with the Santa Cruz Sentinel about the new law that aims to modernize California’s initiative system.


Sanders Loses Ground in California
Washington Times piece quoting political scientist Sam Popkin suggests the provocative behavior of Bernie Sanders’ campaign is driving away voters.


South Asian Community Debates ‘South Asia,’ ‘India’ Ahead of Textbook Updates
NBC News spoke with Kamala Visweswaran of Ethnic Studies, a member of the South Asia Faculty Group, while deliberations were in process. The California Department of Education’s Instructional Quality Commission voted not to use “South Asia” in place of “India,” First Post reported.


FruitFlyFirst Peek Into the Brain of a Freely Walking Fruit Fly
A Nature Methods paper by Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind researchers demonstrates a novel method for monitoring a fruit fly’s neural activity during fundamental and complex social behavior when it’s unrestrained. The co-authors are Takeo Katsuki, Dhruv Grover and Ralph Greenspan of Cognitive Science. The work was featured in Gizmag, United Press International and Tech Times, among others.


Meet the Creator of the Dothraki Language for ‘Game of Thrones’
In his first interactive Facebook Live interview, Linguistics alumnus David Peterson talks about Dothraki, the language he created for the popular HBO series.


MandlerObituary: Psychology Founder George Mandler
George Mandler – founding chair of the Department of Psychology and one of the central figures in psychology’s cognitive revolution – died in his Hampstead, London home on May 6, 2016. He was 91.


Festival delle Scienze a Roma: La Mente, il Corpo, il Tempo
Rafael Nunez of Cognitive Science delivered a keynote at Rome’s International Science Festival, “Is the future behind us or uphill?” The appearance led to newspaper and radio interviews, including this piece in one of Italy’s main newspapers (in Italian).


Connecting With Alumni and Friends
At the New York City UC San Diego & You, Paul Niehaus of Economics spoke on his work. Chancellor Pradeep Khosla’s blog has some of the fun photos. The next event is in San Diego on June 2, during Alumni Weekend, and will feature Dayo Gore of Ethnic Studies.


Alternative Spring BreakAn ‘Alternative’ Path to Giving Back
Urban Studies and Planning alumnus Michael Estrada, ‘79, a cancer survivor, goes above and beyond to help support Alternative Breaks student service program. “For years, I’d been looking for something to reconnect with at UC San Diego,” Estrada said. “Alternative Breaks sounded interesting, and I recognized that it was time to start doing things I had put off.”


Is Texas’s Strictest-in-the-Nation Voter ID Law Discriminatory?
The Christian Science Monitor interviewed Zoltan Hajnal of Political Science on his recent research. The work is also mentioned in the Washington Post.


Spoiler Alert: Spoilers Make You Enjoy Stories More
The University of California video series Fig. 1 featured work by Nicholas Christenfeld of Psychology, showing that spoilers don’t ruin a story. The research was picked up by Salon and Gizmodo.


More Honesty Seen as Cure to Fears About Migration
John Skrentny of Sociology tells the Financial Times that reaction to migrants often “starts not from hatred, but from a positive seed of valuing communities.” He proposes measures to retrain indigenous workers who lose out, coupled with steps to protect migrants from exploitation.


Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2016
Economist James Hamilton’s Econbrowser is featured alongside FiveThirtyEight and blogs by Thomas Piketty and Ben Bernanke.


June 3-5: Octavia Butler Conference
Organized by Shelley Streeby of Ethnic Studies and Literature, the conference at the Cross-Cultural Center will consider how Butler’s work helps us imagine a future where justice is attainable and differences are celebrated.


PacencoArtBeauty Behind Bars
Sociology alumna Laura Pecenco brings art to prisons with Project PAINT (The Prison Arts INiTiative), deconstructing the hyper-masculine imperative and fostering a more positive and safe environment for prison staff and inmates alike.


PopkinTrump Voters: Not So Irrational
Political Scientist Samuel Popkin says in the Wall Street Journal that there was a method to the GOP’s primary madness.


Spanking Study
A new meta-analysis finds that spanking children doesn't help and may lead to long- and short-term problems. Gedeon Deak of Cognitive Science went on KUSI’s “Good Morning San Diego” to discuss.


Stricter Rules for Voter IDs Reshape Races
The New York Times (linked above), included research by Zoltan Hajnal of Political Science in its coverage of new voter identification laws. Hajnal’s work showing that photo-ID requirements disproportionately affect minority voters was also cited in the Christian Science Monitor and on Fox News.


TritonStudents Take Top Prize for Seaport Village Development Plan
A team of students from Urban Studies and Planning and the Jacobs School of Engineering has won the sixth annual NAIOP University Real Estate Challenge for their proposal to redevelop downtown’s iconic Seaport Village. Coverage also appeared in San Diego Metro and BisNow.


New Provost Appointed
Leslie Carver of Psychology will begin as provost of Thurgood Marshall College on July 1.


Senator’s Attack on ‘Cheerleading’ Study
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) released an 85-page report titled “Twenty Questions: Government studies that will leave you scratching your head,” including a study led by Ed Vul of Psychology. Analysis by Science magazine suggests the report obscures government’s role in training the next generation of scientists and also gives “the skinny” on Vul’s paper. Locally, Vul spoke with KGTV and KFMB.


Climate ActionHow to Talk About Climate Change So People Will Act
What can you do about climate change? The better question might be: What can we? Framing the issue collectively is significantly more effective than emphasizing personal responsibility, show doctoral students Nick Obradovich and Scott Guenther of Political Science in a study published by Climatic Change. Widespread coverage included the Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Pacific Standard magazine, Think ProgressFusion, Vice’s Motherboard, and KPCC’s “Take Two,” among others.


The ‘Prestige’ of a Career in Finance Is a Marketing Tool
The exclusive image of finance jobs is “at odds with the ambivalence that many bankers feel about working a world with long hours, brutal management styles, and few perks,” reports Quartz, turning to Amy Binder of Sociology to help explain why so many elite grads go to work on Wall Street.


End to ‘Ivory Tower’ Universities?
The Union-Tribune reports on the MetroLab Network, formed last fall after a White House conference on smart cites, and Keith Pezzoli of Urban Studies and Planning explains that his MetroLab project sends 50 students from his food-justice class to investigate suitable sites in urban neighborhoods for temporary community gardens.


The Most Career-Minded Generation
The Atlantic features research coauthored by doctoral student Kristin Donnelly of Psychology on generational differences in reasons for attending college.


MenendezManufacturing Matchmaker
Communication alumna Tanya Menendez co-founded Maker's Row to make it easier for DIY artists to connect with American manufacturers. The piece was published by University of California, too.


California GOP Convention: For State's Republicans, a Rare Moment in the Sun
Thad Kousser of Political Science was the go-to source leading up to the California Republican Convention April 29, appearing in Newsweek, the Union-Tribune and USA Today, among others. Kousser also spoke with City News Service, saying that high turnout in the California’s primaries is now looking unlikely.


How Ugly Sweaters Led to Pretty Sales
Bored with corporate law, CNBC reports, alumnus Evan Mendelsohn of Economics took up Search Engine Optimization as a hobby and ended up starting the company Tipsy Elves with former UC San Diego roommate Nick Morton.


ZombieHow to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
“Find a mountain range, keep quiet, mimic the way the undead walk and NEVER fight,” this Daily Mail article says. Bradley Voytek of Cognitive Science uses what we know about the brain to explain the behavior of film zombies.


Trump Trade Policy a 'Big Loser,' Economists Say
Economist Gordon Hanson spoke with VOA News.


Founder of Queer Palestinian Organization Speaks at UC San Diego
The Critical Gender Studies Program, in partnership with the Global Forum at UCSD International House, hosted Palestinian queer community organizer Haneen Maikey for the Papadopoulos Endowed Lecture.


Students, Civil-Rights Groups Want to Oust SDSU’s Hirshman
Terrorism expert Eli Berman of Economics weighed in on the controversy around the Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement. There’s a legitimate debate about whether the movement is useful and ethically correct, Berman said, but he doesn’t think it’s appropriate to associate it with terrorism. Berman was interviewed for KPBS as well.


Food securityCollege Campuses Take on Food Waste
Efforts by students Jessica Pompa, a Political Science undergraduate, and Kara Wentworth, Ph.D. candidate in Communication, are highlighted by the University of California.


May 16: Spring Quarterly Conversations in Global Health
Join the Global Health Program Monday, May 16 at 3:30 p.m. at the Great Hall, to hear an interdisciplinary panel of experts discuss refugee health.


Some UC Majors See Balance Shift Toward Out-of-State Students
Via the Sacramento Bee: “At UC San Diego, the number of Californians studying Psychology and Social Sciences both dropped by more than a third over the five-year period, while out-of-state students increased by 244 and 119 percent, respectively.”


Out-of-State Tuition Relief Could Pay Off for Economy
An editorial in Maine cites a 2003 study by Michelle White of Economics on the economic impact of out-of-state students.


Maria HoTriton Magazine: Spring 2016
The Division of Social Sciences is well represented in the new issue of Triton magazine. “Brilliant Minds, Inspiring Lives” features Linguistics alumnus David Peterson. Alumna Emily Castor – a double major in Critical Gender Studies and Political Science – is interviewed for “Driving the New Economy.” Hal Pashler of Psychology, and Edwin Hutchins and Jim Hollan of Cognitive Science are included in “AI: Automotive Intelligence.” Psychology professor and alumna Christine Harris and graduate student Nicole Henniger’s research on envy is featured in “The Grass Is Always Greener.” And in the online edition, Communication alumna Maria Ho, a professional poker player, is featured in “Alumna Maria Ho Goes All In.”


What Didn’t Happen After Sanders Slammed Clinton on Helping Poor People
Lane Kenworthy of Sociology and the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research is quoted in the Washington Post’s Wonkblog on Europe’s basic income guarantees.


San Diego Unified High School Graduation Rates Higher Than Expected
Education Studies alumna and San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten told KPBS that sharing data with the San Diego Education Research Alliance (SanDERA) at UC San Diego, led by Julian Betts of Economics, helped the district rise to the challenge of a rigorous new graduation policy. Related reports on the district’s own new estimates for 2016, in the Union-Tribune and Voice of San Diego, compared them to estimates released earlier by SanDERA.


BraswellDid a Teen Discover a Lost Mayan City? Not Exactly
The internet was abuzz with a 15-year-old “discovering” a Mayan site, leading Geoffrey Braswell of Anthropology to weigh in. “Mr. Gadoury should be praised for his work, and it is clear that he will have an exciting future,” Braswell said. “Nonetheless, the images that he has shown are not of Maya pyramids.” News organizations around the globe began to update their stories with Braswell’s comments: New York Magazine, Wired, Gizmodo and the Washington Post (linked above), among them.


On Mexico-US Border, Living in the Shadow of 'The Wall'
In this in-depth feature, Fonna Forman of Political Science, co-director of the UCSD Center on Global Justice and the Blum Cross-Border Initiative, says the US-Mexico border wall has a different psychological impact depending on your geographic and economic situation.


Will Embryo Selection Replace How Pregnancy Traditionally Begins?
Citing an earlier piece, Deseret News featured comments from John Evans of Sociology for an updated article on ethics and new genetic technologies.


KarinaStudent Speakers Selected for All Campus Commencement Ceremony
Psychology major Karina Mohajerani will share her personal story and encourage the class of 2016 to be of service to the community and the world.


Tom WongFrom Riverside’s Casa Blanca to the White House
Tom K. Wong almost didn’t graduate high school when he learned at 16 that he was an undocumented immigrant. Now a Ph.D.-holding faculty member of Political Science, Wong has completed his second book. And he has just been detailed by the U.S. government to serve as a policy advisor on a White House initiative.


American Indian Narratives in Picture Form
The New York Times reports on efforts to keep intact 19th-century ledger books used to record tribal history. Included in the story are Ross Frank of Ethnic Studies and his Plains Ledger Art Project.


ElmanAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects Three From UC San Diego
Jeff Elman of Cognitive Science, former dean of the Division of Social Sciences, is one of three UC San Diego professors honored – and one of 29 UC-wide.


Don’t Fear Muslim Immigrants: They Aren’t the Real Problem
In a feature for Foreign Affairs, Claire Adida and her co-authors for the book “Why Muslim Integration Fails in Christian-Heritage Societies” say “democracies are not opening their doors to terrorism when they let in Muslim immigrants.”


GiveDirectlyWhat If We Just Gave Poor People a Basic Income for Life?
Economist Paul Niehaus and a fellow cofounder of the organization GiveDirectly write in Slate that they are about to test the idea. GiveDirectly is pledging $10 million to provide at least 6,000 Kenyans with a basic income for 10 to 15 years. Tech Insider covered the news as well.


Global Mental Health: Transdisciplinary Perspectives
Thomas Csordas and Janis Jenkins of Anthropology are among those working to move mental health from the margins to the mainstream of the global development agenda. Jenkins served as panel chair for “Conceptualizing Mental Health,” while Csordas served as a panelist for “Context and Mental Health: Culture, Poverty, and Religion,” at a meeting convened by the International Monetary Fund, the World Health Organization, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University. The meeting was held in conjunction with the World Bank’s and World Health Organization’s “Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Health Development Priority,” covered by The New York Times and Huffington Post.


UTDowntown San Diego: The Innovation Economy’s Latest Frontier
Sociologist Mary Walshok, dean of Extension, urges the region to court creative millennial talent by providing “an urban environment where they can have diverse social interactions, where they can walk and bike to work, shops, restaurants and cultural amenities.”


Meet the Inventor of Game of Thrones’ Otherworldly Language
A CBS News video feature on Linguistics alumnus David Peterson, this year’s UCSD Alumni Emerging Leader honoree and creator of languages for Hollywood, includes a visit to Grant Goodall’s class on invented languages.


Raising RylandAlumna Gives Voice to Transgender Youth With New Book
For Transgender Day of Visibility, Communication alumna Hillary Whittington returned to campus to discuss her memoir “Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached.”


Will New Tax ‘Inversion’ Rules Hurt San Diego Biotechs?
The San Diego Union-Tribune asks thought leaders across the region, including economist James Hamilton.


Could Generational Change Ease Brazil’s Politics of Corruption?
It is possible the sheer scale of Brazil’s recent presidential scandal will prompt real reform, says Scott Desposato of Political Science in the Christian Science Monitor, though he urges caution in hoping that it will.


NYTimesWhere Jobs Are Squeezed by Chinese Trade, Voters Seek Extremes
Economist Gordon Hanson is interviewed by the New York Times, linked above, and WBUR about his research showing the effects of trade on the U.S. job market. Hanson’s research has been cited by free-trade critics, Bloomburg reports, but in a Vox interview, Hanson says he thinks free trade is essential.


‘Power of the Crowd’ to Monitor At-Risk Archaeological Sites
A team of researchers at the new Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability led by Thomas Levy of Anthropology has launched a joint online mission to monitor nearly 11,000 archaeological sites located in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.


Class Acts: Annual Faculty Excellence Awards
Teddy Cruz is honored for excellence in community service, including for projects he designed and directs with collaborator Fonna Forman of Political Science.


Architect Wants to Turn Tijuana River Canal Into a Solar Energy Farm
A proposal by Rene Peralta of Urban Studies and Planning gains traction.


CNN‘Race for the White House’
CNN’s presidential election series of documentaries features Samuel Popkin of Political Science in two of six episodes: “Truman v. Dewey” and “Clinton vs. Bush.” Popkin was also interviewed for CNN Newsroom Weekend.


Three Officials Charged in Flint Water Crisis
A previous interview by Thad Kousser of Political Science, where he cautions running a government like a business, is recalled for this Christian Science Monitor story.


Auto Workers Union Fights Internally Over Israeli Boycott Policy 
Jennifer Mogannam, a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnic Studies, is interviewed by RT News.


LemursWhat You Need To Know About That ‘Cute’ Lemur Video
Did you see or share that viral video of a lemur demanding back scratches? Marni LaFleur of Anthropology, who co-directs the nonprofit Lemur Love, explains to NPR why interacting with wild lemurs is not good for you, or the lemur. LaFleur also spoke with Slate.


Young Cancer Survivor Vies for Fundraising Crown
Communication alumna Chelsea Street hopes to raise $100K for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


Earth DaySan Diego Celebrates Earth Day, Cheers Paris Climate Accord
Psychologist Sandra Brown, vice chancellor of research, said San Diego is at the forefront of climate-change issues.


2016 UC San Diego Sustainability Awardees
Leslie Lewis of Urban Studies and Planning is honored as an outstanding faculty member for personally modeling sustainability, as well as for her teaching and outreach.


New Graduation Rules Create Win-Lose Scenario for Students
Study by Julian Betts of Economics and SANDERA on required college-prep courses and potential effects on graduation rates (PDF) continues to receive press, including this Voice of San Diego article on foreign-language requirements.


Aron LabDerailed Train of Thought? Brain’s Stopping System May Be at Fault
The same neural mechanism that interrupts body movement also interrupts cognition, suggests a study by Adam Aron of Psychology, published in Nature Communications. The findings, which may give insight into Parkinson’s Disease, were covered by NBC News, The Scientist, Daily Mail, and Parkinson’s News Today, among others.


ScienceSociety Needs to Better Understand the Economics of Climate Change
“What is crystal clear is that  society is hampered in using natural science knowledge of climate change because of gaps in the knowledge of economic and social dimensions of climate change,” write economists Richard Carson and Joshua Graff Zivin, along with many others in Science, urging a more substantive research program in the economics of climate change so we can find “effective policy solutions with broad societal support.” Carson was also interviewed by ClimateWire on San Diego’s goal of 100 percent clean electricity by 2035.


New YorkerSystem Overload: Inside America’s Infrastructure Problem
In The New Yorker, political scientist Steven Erie, former director of Urban Studies and Planning, explains the “edifice complex,” as well as how Americans have turned into “short-term-fix addicts,” and how the Republican Party is now more skeptical of big infrastructure projects than it once was.


Wage Deal Part of New Political Process in California
“The minimum wage agreement shows how compromise can come when state leaders use direct democracy and representative democracy to cooperate rather than compete,” writes Thad Kousser of Political Science in a San Diego Union-Tribune op-ed, while an editorial in The Oklahoman quotes him on stark contrasts between state legislatures.


Scientific American MindAccounts Show How Imperfect Memory Can Be
“I think there would be a lot less disagreement of eyewitness accounts if you knew how confident they were. It’s so critical,” said John Wixted of Psychology in a story on the case of Jamar Clark’s shooting by police officers in Minneapolis. Wixted’s work on eyewitness confidence is explored more deeply in a forthcoming issue of Scientific American Mind.


The Strange Seasonality of Violence
Some consider April the “beginning of the killing season,” writes the Washington Post. David Phillips of Sociology urges caution about making such a claim.


Global Citizenship Commission‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the 21st Century’
Fonna Forman of Political Science, co-director of the UCSD Center on Global Justice and the Blum Cross-Border Initiative, serves on the Global Citizenship Commission to re-examine the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The commission is presenting their report to the United Nations Secretary General April 18. Subsidiary research projects related to the commission’s work were carried out by researchers at the Center on Global Justice, including a report on human rights education led by Gerry Mackie of Political Science and a report on human rights enforcement.


The Crazy Idea That Higher Oil Prices Might Be Good for the Economy Right Now
Washington Post’s Wonkblog calls prior research by Johannes Wieland of Economics the “perfect test case” for understanding the effects of high oil prices and zero interest rates on the economy.


AdidaBenin Has a New President: Patrice Talon, an Ironic Outsider Politician
Claire Adida of Political Science looks at Benin’s history of supporting outsiders, raising questions about what the recent election means for the country’s democratic future.


Tritons Baseball Trio Has Stuck Together
Economics students Gradeigh Sanchez and Jack Larsen, along with friend and teammate Tyler Howsley, are featured in the Union-Tribune.


Organic Farm Serves Up Life Lessons for UC Students
Sociology student Gabriela Estrada comments on her UC Global Food Initiative fellowship, saying she plans to work at the Ocean View Growing Grounds in Southeast San Diego after graduation.


Barley TeamCurating the Craft Beer World
Nick Norton, Political Science alumnus, is featured with other Warren College alumni in Triton magazine.


April 28 and May 12: Triton Connect
Social Sciences alumni are featured in two upcoming events: Silicon Valley on April 28 features Elisa Schreiber of Greylock Partners and Angela Calman of 23andme, and Los Angeles on May 12 features professional poker player Maria Ho. All three are alumni of Communication.


Modernity's Ear‘Modernity’s Ear: Listening to Race and Gender in World Music’
Roshanak Kheshti of Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies discusses her book on a New Books Network podcast. “Modernity’s Ear” explores how world music gets recorded, produced, marketed and sold.


May 3: Global Health Expo and Research Symposium
Join the Global Health Program at the Great Hall for two events May 3: the Global Health Field Experience Expo from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Horizons of Global Health Research Symposium from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The afternoon keynote speaker, Brandon Kohrt, will address new horizons in global mental health.


These People Have a Mind-Bending Way to Navigate
Rafael Nunez of Cognitive Science discusses in National Geographic his research on Yupno speakers in Papua New Guinea, the first known to imagine slopes to orient themselves inside flat homes.


PUP blogThe Provocative Politics of the Republican Party
This year’s election cycle is the “apotheosis of provocation,” writes Amy Binder of Sociology, co-author of “Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives,” in a Princeton University Press blog post. “[W]e can see that style, not substance, is mainly what is at issue here.”


May 18: Keynote for Ethnic Studies’ 25th Anniversary (PDF)
Robin D.G. Kelley of UCLA will present “Over the Rainbow: Second Wave Ethnic Studies Against the Neoliberal Turn,” from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Great Hall. A reception will follow.


VoxYoung Republicans Are Surprisingly Moderate – and They Could Change American Politics
According to a new study by Gary Jacobson of Political Science covered by Vox, young Republicans are likely to be to the left of older Republicans on a host of issues and not just the expected ones. Jacobin magazine covered the research in “The Coming Left-Wing Majority.” Also, Jacobson spoke with the Union-Tribune about Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, and about “San Diego’s Trump Dilemma.”


UCSD Students Gear Up for California Primary
Featuring Assembly Speaker Emeritus and UC Regent John Perez, UC San Diego’s Center for Tomorrow’s California and Associated Students welcomed political leaders and students to discuss California’s role in the presidential primary race. Fox 5 News was on site to report.


Photo Courtesy San Diego Union-Tribune/ John GibbonsSolutions From Budding Urbanologists
Keith Pezzoli, of Communication and Urban Studies and Planning, thinks of the 1,100-acre campus as the county’s 19th city, where 56,000 students, faculty and staff labor daily. “It has to deal with problems any city faces,” he told the Union-Tribune in its coverage of the 26th annual expo featuring the work of USP students on issues on- and off-campus. In addition to highlighting select student projects, the story also includes Isaac Martin of Sociology, who gave the keynote.


Pay Wars: Would a Higher Minimum Wage Help or Hurt Workers?
As news broke of a deal to raise the minimum wage in California to $15 an hour, a paper (PDF) by Jeff Clemens of Economics and  Ph.D. alumnus Michael Wither on how minimum wage affects employment and income proved valuable to reporters. An AP story quoting Clemens appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Boston Globe, Yahoo! News and the New York Times, among many other outlets. A Wall Street Journal editorial also cited the work.


EconomistA New Kind of Weather
The Economist cited political scientist James Fowler’s research – a massive 60 million-person experiment on Facebook in 2010 to get out the U.S. vote – in a story on the role social media play in collective action.


2015 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Awardees
Among the honorees for campus diversity awards: UCSD Community Stations led by Fonna Forman of Political Science, Michael Cole of Communication and Bud Mehan of Education Studies.


San Diego Graduation Rates Expected to Drop
In a KPBS Midday Edition interview, Julian Betts of Economics and SanDERA discusses his recent report analyzing SDUSD’s new college-prep graduation policy. The report predicts a rise in the number of students eligible for college but also raises concerns that many may not graduate at all.


Karthik MuralidharanYoung India on the Move
The Wall Street Journal’s book review of “The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Young” by Somini Sengupta includes Karthik Muralidharan of Economics.


Do Endorsements Matter?
Thad Kousser of Political Science went on KPBS Midday Edition to talk endorsements in San Diego politics. With the Contra Costa Times, Kousser discussed California's history of populism  in light of the current presidential primaries.


Airport Terror: Increase Security Net?
Following the bombings in Brussels, the San Diego Union-Tribune spoke with Eli Berman of Economics. Berman said to attack terrorism networks at their source.


Team Soc Sci Needs You
Yeah, you! Join the divisional team, Team Soc Sci, in support of student scholarships at the 20th annual Triton 5K on Sunday, April 10. You can run, walk, hop, skip or jump. But you must register first.


AppleHow Apple’s Design Changed the Computer World
Voice of America video features Don Norman of Cognitive Science and the Design Lab.


Trump Vows to 'Break' NAFTA
PRI’s The World interviews Economist Gordon Hanson on the potential to endanger relations with Mexico, saying, “I would hope that a lot of what we're hearing in terms of criticism of NAFTA and using Mexico as a political pinata is just posturing."


‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Contradicts ‘No Spoilers’
Research by Nicholas Christenfeld of Psychology and Ph.D. alumnus Jonathan Leavitt is used in this Arts and Entertainment story for The Washington Post. Their research on spoilers was released in 2011.


Socially SpeakingAddressing Inequality
ICYMI, in case you missed it – a Storify on the spring edition of Socially Speaking, the division's quarterly conversation series: Lane Kenworthy of Sociology, Thad Kousser of Political Science and Amanda Datnow of Education Studies, with Voice of San Diego Editor in Chief Scott Lewis.


April 22: Social Media for Campus Researchers and Faculty
Noon to 1:30 at the Faculty Club: Social media can be a powerful tool to share work, network with colleagues and learn from others in your fields. Free, register at link above.


SanDERASan Diego’s New Graduation Policy on Course to Score Big Wins and Losses
A rigorous new “college prep” graduation requirement in the San Diego Unified School District looks likely to produce more college-eligible students, according to a report by the San Diego Education Research Alliance at UC San Diego. Co-authored by SanDERA executive director Julian Betts of Economics and supported by the Yankelovich Center, the study also finds as many as 16 percent more students may not graduate at all. Voice of San Diego reported on the findings, followed shortly by the Union-Tribune on the front page of its Sunday paper.


California Networking Consortium to Honor UC San Diego ‘Cyber’ Archaeologist
Thomas Levy of Anthropology will receive the CENIC Innovations in Networking Award for Research Applications in recognition of developing and deploying new systems for reconstructing the archaeological record through digital technologies.


Mendes‘Under the Strain of Color’
Gabriel Mendes of Ethnic Studies and Urban Studies and Planning reads from his new book, “Under the Strain of Color,” Wednesday, March 30, 4:30 to 6 p.m., at the UC San Diego Cross Cultural Center.


Investing in California’s African American Students (PDF)
Frances Contreras and Thandeka Chapman of Education Studies led a research team comprised of UC San Diego, UC Riverside, UC Berkeley and UC Davis graduate students and faculty to produce this report showing that high-achieving African-American students in California are not attending UC campuses due to a number of factors.


SSpeakingMarch 30: Socially Speaking on ‘Addressing Inequality’
Join Lane Kenworthy of Sociology and the Yankelovich Center, Thad Kousser of Political Science and Associate Dean Amanda Datnow of Education Studies for conversation – as well as tapas, wine and dessert. The evening is moderated by Voice of San Diego CEO Scott Lewis.


Legendary Pollster Donates Millions to UC San Diego
Union-Tribune reports on the generous bequest by pioneering public opinion researcher Daniel Yankelovich, which will help the division’s Yankelovich Center study some of the most pressing issues in the social sciences, including education and upward mobility.


VayntrubMore Than Meets the Eye
From DIY comedian to humanitarian, Communication alumna Milana Vayntrub is more than just the face of AT&T.


New Candidates Jumble Key Council Race
The San Diego Union-Tribune reaches out to Vladimir Kogan, doctoral alumnus of Political Science, for comment on the San Diego City Council race.


Chronicle of Higher EdVoices From a Credentials ‘Summit’
The Chronicle of Higher Education goes to political scientist Alan Houston, UC San Diego’s director of academic strategic initiatives, for insight on how the roles of colleges, employers and students are changing as credentials become digital.


Reps. Davis, Sarbanes Seek Alternative to ‘Big Money’ Campaigns
Thad Kousser of Political Science is cited, saying there is no way to stop big money in campaigns because of recent Supreme Court rulings, notably Citizens United.


Interested in Education? Government Work? Intern at ED!
Andrew Chao, International Studies undergraduate student, pens this blog post about his internship for the U.S. Department of Education.


Taylor-GarciaDiversity Awards Recognize Dedication to Empowerment and Community Engagement
Several Social Sciences faculty and staff were honored at the recent UC San Diego Diversity Awards: Ethnic Studies professors Dayo F. Gore and Sara Clarke Kaplan founded the Black Studies Project two years ago, and Ethnic Studies professor Daphne Taylor-Garcia co-founded the Mackey-Cua Project. Ethnic Studies alumnus Amrah Saloman J. and Communications Ph.D. student Tara-Lynne Pixley were also honored for their work.


El Diseno Es una Forma de Pensar, de Resolver Problemas, Dice Don Norman
In Spanish, El Sol de Mexico features Design Lab director Don Norman of Cognitive Science at the conference “The Future of Design.”


PubweeklyWhy Publishing Is So White
Publisher’s Weekly addresses a lack of diversity with sociologist John Skrentny suggesting it is important to look at broader data when considering why book publishing has such a high concentration of white faces in its ranks. Additionally, Skrentny also discusses South Korea’s struggle with cultural diversity in DW Akademie.


Trump Likely Needs California Triumph to Win Nomination
In California media, Samuel Popkin of Political Science looks at what Donald Trump needs to win the Republican nomination, while also comparing the presidential hopeful to former Calif. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Are Free Trade Agreements Good or Bad?
Economist Gordon Hanson appears on Marketplace (linked above) and in the Union-Tribune and New York Times looking at trade and the presidential election.


KiserGrad Students Make the Case for Why Their Research Matters
Tracey Kiser, a graduate student in Education Studies, visited with lawmakers for UC Graduate Research Advocacy Day. She is testing new approaches to help community college students succeed in developmental math.


UC San Diego & You: Kelly Gates and Mica Pollock
Watch now: Kelly Gates of Communication and Mica Pollock of Education Studies and CREATE discuss their work in short, TED-style talks for UC San Diego Alumni and Community Engagement. YouTube links for Gates and Pollock.


YankelovichDaniel Yankelovich Endows Multimillion Dollar Fund
The public opinion expert’s bequest will continue support for the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research, which aims to find solutions to pressing and complex problems that confront our nation. Times of San DiegoSan Diego Metropolitan, La Jolla Patch, KPBS, San Diego Business Journal and others reported on the announcement.


Fighting Truancy Among India’s Teachers, With a Pistol and a Stick
Nearly 24 percent of rural Indian teachers were absent during random visits for a recent study led by Karthik Muralidharan of Economics, reports The New York Times.


It's Not You. Bad Doors Are Everywhere.
Who hasn’t pushed a door when they should have pulled? Cognitive scientist Don Norman – director of the Design Lab at UC San Diego and a longtime leader of human-centered design – is changing the world, one poorly designed door at a time.


March 30: Socially Speaking on 'Addressing Inequality'
Join Lane Kenworthy of Sociology and the Yankelovich Center, Thad Kousser of Political Science and Associate Dean Amanda Datnow of Education Studies for conversation – as well as tapas, wine and dessert. The evening is moderated by Voice of San Diego CEO Scott Lewis.


SprengerTwo Receive Prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships
The Sloan Foundation has selected two UC San Diego faculty members for Sloan Research Fellowships in 2016: Charles Sprenger, associate professor of economics and strategy, and Julio Barreiro, assistant professor of physics.


Archaeology’s Information Revolution
The Atlantic reports on what big data and technology mean to the study of ancient artifacts, including the work of Thomas Levy of Anthropology. Also, Levy’s new Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability at the Qualcomm Institute is now partnering with the Israel Antiques Authority.


Obama Will Have a Tough Time Rallying Support to Replace Scalia
FiveThirtyEight analyzes the power of the president to “go public” – or pressure Congress by shaping public opinion. The phrase was coined by UC San Diego political scientist Samuel Kernell.


Legislative Primer: Battles That Will Impact You
Thad Kousser of Political Science begins a new series to track laws facing Californians. Up first: an overview of the major battles in Sacramento, from the budget to daily fantasy sports. Kousser also spoke with public radio station KPCC about an initiative that would force California politicians to wear decals of their financial backers.


RedistrictingHow San Diego’s Redistricting Map Could Shortchange Democrats
Political Science alum Vlad Kogan spoke with KPBS Midday Edition: “Even when there’s a Democratic advantage on paper, that rarely translates into an actual Democratic advantage on Election Day.”


China's Environment Minister Wants More Power to Crack Down on Polluters
Vice News seeks the expertise of Political Science Ph.D. candidate Deborah Seligsohn.


NYTimesThe Winnowing of the Republican Field
Wayne Cornelius of Political Science sends a letter to the editor of The New York Times: “Mr. Trump has made racial and religious bigotry ‘respectable.’”


Why White People Should Care About Anti-Racism on Campus
Laura Barraclough, alumna of Ethnic Studies and Urban Studies and Planning, pens this piece for Huffington Post.


How Donald Trump Compares to Teddy Roosevelt
Union-Tribune op-ed by James Ingram, doctoral alumnus of Political Science and current lecturer in Urban Studies and Planning.


Why Trump Now?
In reference to his recent paper “The China Shock,” Gordon Hanson of Economics explains the “populist insurgencies” in the current election cycle to The New York Times’ Thomas Edsall.


FacesPhysical Attraction, Feminine Faces and Why ‘the Johnny Depp Effect’ Doesn’t Always Apply
Research by Piotr Winkielman of Psychology showing how assigning gender to faces can cause people to see them as less attractive was covered by The Washington Post (linked above), The Daily Mail and Science 2.0, among others.


Labor May Support Faulconer Challenger
The San Diego Union-Tribune looks at the June 7 mayoral primary, interviewing Steve Erie of Political Science. In the Los Angeles Times, Erie comments on that city’s city council.


Detroit's Lesson – 2016 Candidates Can't Ignore $60 Trillion Debt
Economist James Hamilton’s research on federal liability is cited by USA Today.


5KTeam Soc Sci Needs You
Yeah, you! Join the divisional team, Team Soc Sci, in support of student scholarships at the 20th annual Triton 5K on Sunday, April 10. You can run, walk, hop, skip or jump. But you must register first.


Fred Chang Named to National Academy of Engineering
Psychology alumnus Frederick Chang says, “This recognition further motivates me to continue pursuing the challenge of securing cyberspace.” Chang was previously profiled for his cybersecurity work in Social Sciences E-Connection.


DOServiceGardening & Giving Back: UCSD Alumni Day of Service
At a service event supporting the Promise for Education initiative, UC San Diego alumni – including Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina of Political Science, South Bay Unified School District Superintendent Katie McNamara of Education Studies, Imperial Beach City Councilman Ed Spriggs of Economics and Steph Barry of Political Science — are featured by Triton magazine and the Eagle and Times of Imperial Beach. Barry recently took the helm of Alumni and Community Engagement at UC San Diego.


Levy

The Race to Save Threatened Cultural Heritage Sites
“When intolerant radical ideologies are coupled with modern bombs and bulldozers, the potential for total destruction of heritage sites is unparalleled compared with the past,” says Thomas Levy of Anthropology. A UC Newsroom feature and Forbes detail how cyber-archaeology research headed by Levy is coming to the rescue.


New Company From GiveDirectly Founders Aims to Streamline Payment System
Economist Paul Niehaus’ software technology company Segovia scores investment from the Global Innovation Fund.


DahlWhat Does It Take to Get Dads to Take Parental Leave?
Seeing other dads do it. Economist Gordon Dahl explains his research on NPR. The study, based on Norwegian data, was also covered by New York Magazine.


Rebels With a Cause
Gerardo Arellano and Gabriel Agundez met 20 years ago, when both men were Ethnic Studies majors and campus community centers were just sprouting. Arellano, now director of the Raza Resource Centro, recently reconnected with Agundez – and his stepson, a new transfer student to UC San Diego – at the center’s Avanzando Juntos event.


GriffithChanging the Future
Communication alumna Helen Griffith leads ‘Most Innovative’ high school, located in San Diego’s Central Library.


On a 'CRASSH' Course
Representatives from several departments in the Division of Social Sciences participated in UC San Diego’s Conference for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.


Learning Empathy Through Art in Prison
The San Diego Union-Tribune features Sociology Ph.D. candidate Laura Pecenco and her Project PAINT, the Prison Arts INiTiative, which brings art classes to prison inmates.


StrumCricket Team of Maasai Warriors Goes to Bat for Women's Rights
Huffington Post and NPR report on the Maasai Cricket Warriors, the focus of a documentary film that charts the players’ journey from their Kenyan village to their first championship in London. The team was founded by Aliya Bauer as part of her work at the Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project run by Shirley Strum of Anthropology.


Republicans – Then and Now – Talking About Drug Addiction
NPR reaches out to Curtis Marez of Ethnic Studies for their coverage of the Republican Party primaries.


LA TimesTea Party Stakes Claim to City, County Races
In the Los Angeles Times, political scientist Gary Jacobson said the rising influence of the tea party in the state GOP will only accelerate the decline of the party's influence.


Feeling Sleepy? You May Confess to a Crime You Didn’t Commit
Letting suspects sleep will protect the innocent but may also let more criminals off the hook by helping them resist interrogation, says John Wixted of Psychology in Science magazine.


Learning Program Eases English Lessons for Somalis
Grant Goodall of Linguistics gives language-learning insights to the San Diego Union-Tribune, explaining the importance of “meaningful input” and interaction.


RodriguezStudents Get Crash Course in Responding to Life’s Unexpected Turns
Daisy Rodriguez, Ethnic Studies’ undergraduate coordinator, has been a coordinator of the Real World Career Series for the past three years.


Voter ID Laws Suppress Dems, Minorities
Research led by Zoltan Hajnal of Political Science continues to receive extensive media coverage. In addition to the San Diego Union-Tribune and Los Angeles Times, articles appear in the Huffington Post, Latin Post, AFL-CIO and Atlanta Black Star.


Team Soc Sci Needs You
Yeah, you! Join the divisional team, Team Soc Sci, in support of student scholarships at the 20th annual Triton 5K on Sunday, April 10.  You can run, walk, hop, skip or jump. But you must register first.


PetersonAlumni and Community Engagement Announces 2016 Honorees
David Peterson of Linguistics is this year’s Emerging Alumni winner. Peterson is a language creator best known for creating the Dothraki and High Valyrian languages for the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” Peterson will be recognized during UC San Diego’s annual Alumni Weekend, beginning June 2.


PollockSmart Tech Use for Equity
Mica Pollock of Education Studies and CREATE writes about engaging a diverse group of K-12 teachers in San Diego to “identify uses of technology in schools that promote learning, development and success for all students versus uses that don’t.” The piece appears in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance magazine.


Why Iowa?
With a population that is overwhelmingly white and more rural than the nation as a whole, does it make sense for Iowa to play such a big role in picking our president? Thad Kousser of Political Science proposes a reform of the current national primaries model that also retains its advantages.


Eli BermanResearch and the Real World
A special Chronicle of Higher Education package examines if research scientists and their funders are working to provide solutions for society’s problems. Eli Berman of Economics is featured in the pieces “Is University Research Missing What Matters Most?” and “How Fresh Funding Structures Could Support Research With Impact.”


Feb. 23: Gun Violence in the United States – A Global Public Health Crisis
Hosted in part by the Global Health Program and co-sponsored by Department of Communication, the quarterly Conversations in Global Health event includes Janis Jenkins and Saiba Varma of Anthropology, and Brady Campaign Director Ron Marcus. The conversation starts at 3:30 p.m.


Democratic Socialism Might Be Inevitable in America
Even if Bernie Sanders loses, not only is social democracy possible in the United States, but it’s near inevitable, argues Lane Kenworthy of Sociology and the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research in a Washington Post Wonkblog Q&A.


Team Soc Sci Needs You
Yeah, you! Join the divisional team, Team Soc Sci, in support of student scholarships at the 20th annual Triton 5K on Sunday, April 10. You can run, walk, hop, skip or jump. But you must register first.


WayneThe Power of One Voice
Meet Dejanay Wayne, '17. The undergraduate majoring in Communication and Ethnic Studies has ideas on how to make the university more welcoming to students of color. See what she's accomplished so far.


‘Why Muslim Integration Fails in Christian-Heritage Societies’
Book co-authored by Claire Adida of Political Science is reviewed by The Financial Times.


HajnalStudy Finds Republican Voter Suppression Is Even More Effective Than You Think
Zoltan Hajnal, alumnus Lindsay Nielson and Ph.D. candidate Nazita Lajevardi, all of Political Science, show that “voter ID laws skew democracy in favor of whites and those on the political right.” Think Progress, Vice and Color Lines reported on the working paper, as well as The Washington Post’s Wonkblog  and an op-ed in The Los Angeles Times.


The Surprising Relationship Between Taxes and Charitable Giving
Research by James Andreoni of Economics tying an increase in government grants to a decrease in personal giving is featured in Yahoo! Finance.


The Oscars Whiteout Is Driven by Racism – and Greed
A U.K. Guardian op-ed on this year's Academy Awards cites research by sociologist John Skrentny, director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC San Diego.


EconomistThe China Shock (PDF)
A National Bureau of Economic Research working paper, co-authored by Gordon Hanson of Economics, details the impacts of the China trade shock on labor markets in developed economies. It also argues that the “case for free trade [be] not based on the sway of theory alone, but on a foundation of evidence that illuminates who gains, who loses, by how much, and under what conditions.” Multiple media outlets covered the study, including The Economist, The New York Times, CNN and The Atlantic.


Dogs Get Bitten by the Green-Eyed Monster, Too
Huffington Post covers 2014 research by psychologist Christine Harris and former honors student Caroline Prouvost.


MolinaAward-Winning Research About Mexican Immigration
Natalina Molina of Urban Studies and Planning was recently awarded the 2015 Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship for her book, “How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts.”


How Plunging Oil Prices Threaten the U.S. Economy
In a story for The Fiscal Times, James Hamilton of Economics predicts that oil-producing regions in the United States may experience recession like they did during the oil glut of the 1980s. The comment is used again for Sputnik News.


Eugenia'Eugenia: A Fictional Sketch of Future Customs'
Latin American Studies librarian Sarah Buck Kachaluba has edited and translated a book by Eduardo Urzaiz, now published by the University of Wisconsin Press.


Why Don’t We Have a Piketty Tax Already?
"The short answer is the Constitution,” blogs sociologist Isaac Martin.


Family Welfare Cultures: Evidence from Norway’s System of Disability Insurance
Research by Economist Gordon Dahl presents some of the first causal evidence for the intergenerational transmission of “family welfare cultures.” Additionally, Dahl pens a Children, Youth & Families briefing on the “Earned Income Tax Credit and Educational Outcomes” (PDF).


Energy Company Dollars Have Flowed to Leaders
Gary Jacobson of Political Science looks at a conflict of interest arising from privately financed campaigns, in context of the current methane gas leak in Los Angeles.


Tribes’ Win in Fight for Bones Clouds Hopes for DNA Studies
In addition to The New York Times, Forbes mentions Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology in reporting that the Supreme Court has declined to hear a lower-court case appeal regarding remains found on UC San Diego property.


Honor a Father's Fight for Civil Liberties
Evidence discovered by Peter Irons of Political Science while researching World War II Supreme Court cases was used in the 1980s to prove there was no military necessity for Japanese-Americans to be forcibly removed from their homes.


Floating Another Way to Pay for New Water
Economist Richard Carson spoke with Voice of San Diego about who should bear the cost of new water supplies.


MandlerStill Connected After All These Years
Psychologist Jean Mandler, co-founder of Cognitive Science with Jeff Elman and Don Norman, is featured for her commitment to UC San Diego for more than 50 years. Responding to her interviewer, Mandler said, "Why stay at this institution? Well, it's the best."


DLamaDialogues With the Dalai Lama
In a special 30th Mind and Life Institute event held at the Sera Monastery in India, Lera Boroditsky of Cognitive Science sat with the Dalai Lama to discuss “Language and Mind: How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think.”


Presidential Election 2016
Political scientist Thad Kousser brings his expertise on this year’s election to several media outlets: The Christian Science Monitor (linked above) on why money won’t matter; KPCC’s AirTalk on the Republican Party’s California primary; The New York Times on the party’s 50-state solution; and KPBS’s Midday Edition on Obama’s State of the Union. Additionally, Kousser advocates for “ranked-choice voting” in a Zocalo Public Square conversation.


Biometric FutureFacial Recognition: Who's Tracking You in Public?
Kelly Gates of Communication, author of “Our Biometric Future: Facial Recognition Technology and the Culture of Surveillance,” is quoted in Yahoo! News. The story originally ran in Consumer Reports.


Solving Housing Crisis Key to Growing San Diego Economy
“We talk about a ‘sunshine tax’ on housing, as if the high cost simply reflects a surcharge for our high quality of life. There actually are many reasons for our affordable housing shortage,” writes Cary Lowe of Urban Studies and Planning in an op-ed for the San Diego Union-Tribune.


DailyShowDothraki and 'The Art of Language Invention'
The Daily Show hosted Linguistics alumnus David Peterson to discuss his book “The Art of Language Invention” and how he developed Dothraki for the TV series “Game of Thrones.”


Obama Administration Plans Shake-Up in Propaganda War Against ISIS
Anthropology alumnus Michael Lumpkin is appointed the new head of a State Department program on global engagement.


EconoMeter Predictions for 2016
What economic indicator to focus on most in 2016? Interest rates, says James Hamilton of Economics in the San Diego Union-Tribune.


GiveDirectlyGiving Money With No Strings Attached
Economist Paul Niehaus, president of GiveDirectly, discusses whether large, one-time cash transfers to the poor are more effective than sums given on a regular basis in this audio interview for The Chronicle of Philanthropy.


Robots in Context
In Triton magazine, Social Sciences Dean Carol Padden says social and cognitive scientists lend a deep understanding of the brain that will ultimately allow robots to better interact with humans.


Brain MonitoringBrain Monitoring Takes a Leap Out of the Lab
A first-of-its-kind dry EEG system was developed in part by Cognitive Science alumnus Tim Mullen, CEO of Qusp. Coverage of the invention includes Crazy Engineers, Engaget and Gizmag, among others.


Steph Barry, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Alumni and Community Engagement
Political Science alumna Steph Barry is announced as a new assistant vice chancellor at UC San Diego. In a UC San Diego News feature, Barry said, "There is so much promise for the future of this campus, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to be a part of it."


Obama Repeated a Common Myth About the Presidency
Research by Samuel Kernell of Political Science is cited in The Washington Post’s Wonkblog.


SchotterSo Much to Read, So Little Time
Ph.D. alumna, postdoctoral scholar Elizabeth Schotter of Psychology and the late Keith Rayner publish work on how we read, saying speed readers ultimately don't understand the information they take in. The research sparked features in The Daily Mail, Quartz, The Guardian and Tech Times, among others.


Flint Water Crisis Reveals Limits of Running a State as a Business
Commenting on recent events in Michigan, Thad Kousser of Political Science is cited in The Christian Science Monitor.


Drowning in Oil
“It’s slowing world GDP growth (particularly in China) that is causing oil prices to fall, not falling oil prices that are causing GDP to fall,” says economist James Hamilton.


SitStayPlaySit. Stay. Play.
Two UC San Diego alumni – Leo Trottier, a Ph.D. candidate with a master's in Cognitive Science, and Dan Knudsen, a neuroscientist from the Gentner Lab – took a prize at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show for CleverPet, a first-of-its-kind game console for dogs.


27 Million Latinos Eligible to Vote
Marisa Abrajano of Political Science: Making voting personal for Latinos is a significant part of getting them to the polls.


EmotientApple Buys San Diego Artificial Intelligence Startup Emotient
Created and developed by several UC San Diego affiliates, including Cognitive Science and Psychology alumna Marian “Marni” Bartlett and Javier Movellan, a research scientist at the Institute for Neural Computation and head of the Machine Perception Lab, Emotient offers emotion-recognition technology. The acquisition was widely reported, including in the Los Angeles Times, MacWorld and Bloomberg.


Adida book‘Why Muslim Integration Fails in Christian-Heritage Societies’
A Research on Religion podcast features Claire Adida of Political Science discussing her new book and contemporary discrimination towards Muslims in France. Adida and the book’s other authors were also interviewed for The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.


UC San Diego’s Big Ideas for 2016 — and Beyond
The new year is the perfect time to look forward to what we want to accomplish next. Here, visionaries from UC San Diego share their “big ideas” for revolutionizing our community and our planet, including three from Social Sciences. Amy Binder of Sociology says “Match every first-generation college student with a mentor,” Sandra Brown of Psychology says “Move the campus to the ‘Frontiers of Innovation’” and Alan Daly of Education Studies says “Offer intentional instruction in network literacy.”


popkinJan. 21: Socially Speaking
The 2016 presidential election with political scientist Sam Popkin.


Archaeologists Find Captive Carnivore Remains in Mexico
Epoch Times features research analysis by Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology of puma, eagle and wolf remains found in Teotihuacan.


GamesShooter Video Games Increase Aggression
“The effect of violent video game exposure on children remains a concern. Very little research has been conducted with children, and very little research has looked at cumulative effects of exposure over time,” says Mark Appelbaum of Psychology in Triton magazine.


Can We Prevent Terrorism by Checking Immigrants’ Social Media Accounts? No.
Political Science Ph.D. candidate Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld pens this op-ed with Jesse Driscoll of the School for Global Policy and Strategy for The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.


Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Briefed on Cross Domain Deterrence
Erik Gartzke of Political Science, with Jon Lindsay of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, recently briefed the second highest-ranking military officer for the U.S.


TuMarr Prize Honorable Mention for Computer Vision Researcher
Prestigious international conference selects paper coauthored by Zhuowen Tu of Cognitive Science from 1,698 submissions.


Racial Identity, and Its Hostilities, Are on the Rise in American Politics
The New York Times cites research by Julian Betts of Economics showing that for every four immigrants entering public high schools, one native student switched to a private school.


The Democratic Party’s Immigration Record Is Atrocious
David FitzGerald of Sociology is quoted by Salon.com in a piece arguing that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz accidentally made a good point.


Conference Offers Perspectives on Refugee Situation Worldwide
East County Magazine features Center for Comparative Immigration Studies event, and sociologist David FitzGerald and Sociology Ph.D. candidate Rawan Arar.


ChairWhat’s a Chair?
Lane Kenworthy of Sociology, holder of the Daniel Yankelovich Endowed Chair on Social Thought, is interviewed in Triton magazine, stating how his research has direct policy implications. Triton also featured the upward mobility project  recently launched by Kenworthy as director of the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research.


TritonAlumni in Triton: Making a Positive Impact
Also in Triton magazine, Economics alumna Chris Haley talks about her service as the San Diego Police Department’s data analyst and Communications alumna Lisa Rodriguez recounts her path to San Diego County Superior Court judge.


Governor Brown Appoints Alumna to San Joaquin County Superior Court
Imperial Valley News features Political Science alumna Kristine Eagle.


NEBR‘The Minimum Wage and the Great Recession’
NBER working paper by economist Jeffrey Clemens – showing that minimum wage increases reduced employment among individuals ages 16 to 30 with less than a high school education by 5.6 percentage points – caught the attention of the Adam Smith Institute, the Washington Examiner, Market Watch, The Week and the National Review, the latter citing Clemens’ work with Ph.D. alumnus Michael Wither.


Why Death Doesn’t Take a Holiday This Time of Year
The Wall Street Journal cites research by David Phillips of Sociology on the increases in deaths during the holiday season, including how New Year’s Day is the deadliest day of the year. Other media also cover the phenomenon, with his work cited in The Washington Post’s Wonkblog, the Daily Star and Quartz, among others, as well as a feature for Yahoo! News on why SIDS increases on New Year’s Day.


Sweetwater District Garners Celebrity Attention
San Diego Union-Tribune story celebrates the success and local impact of computer-science education that grew out of collaboration between the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE).


Jan. 21 and Feb. 18: A Life in the Law
The Department of Political Science presents a pair of lectures by renowned litigator Bill Lerach.


2015

Confident Eyewitnesses More Accurate, Study Finds
Research published in PNAS by memory expert John Wixted of Psychology and alumna Laura Mickes suggests it’s important – to justice and the protection of innocents – for the legal system to take into account initial eyewitness confidence.  The field study of witnesses to real robberies was covered by the San Diego Union-Tribune (reprinted in the Los Angeles Times),  KPBS,  BuzzFeed News, Scientific AmericanForensic Magazine, the Daily Mail, Pacific Standard, Ars Technica, Science and others.


ConfidenceConfidence Counts: Accuracy of Eyewitness IDs Increases With Degree of Certainty
When it comes to accurately identifying a criminal suspect, it makes a difference how sure an eyewitness is, finds a field study by memory expert John Wixted of Psychology and alumna Laura Mickes.


The Key to Getting People to Donate to Charities: Don’t Push It
The Wall Street Journal publishes this op-ed by James Andreoni of Economics, highlighting verbal pledges over immediate giving.


ElvesUC San Diego Alums Turn Ugly Christmas Sweater Line into Booming Business
Economics alum Evan Mendelsohn is featured, along with his company, Tipsy Elves.


Why Jerry Brown’s Shifting Focus on Pollutants Could Help the Planet
Thad Kousser of Political Science explains the local focus on climate change.


San Diego Professor Discusses Radicalization
KPBS interviews Eli Berman of Economics, author of “Radical, Religious and Violent: The New Economics of Terrorism.”


Levy StarCaveThomas E. Levy Among Recipients of UC President’s Research Catalyst Award
Anthropology professor Thomas Levy, the Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands, will lead a $1.07 million project  to curate, analyze and visualize 3D data from at-risk archaeological sites in the Middle East. Levy served as a key participant in this year’s Digital Heritage Conference.


DeutschHow Trippy Version of Christmas Hit Fools the Brain
Auditory illusions specialist Diana Deutsch of Psychology explains why most hear a voice that isn't actually there. The Telegraph also reports on this cognitive phenomenon.


Who Is Responsible for Climate Change?
Psychology alum Peter Frumhoff will speak on campus Jan. 21.


KolibriLearning Equality Crowdsources Funding for Offline Education
Cognitive Science alum Jamie Alexandre takes the nonprofit Learning Equality to new heights, launching a campaign to develop a free app to provide universal primary school education. Update: Funded! Pledge from GlobalEDU.org pushes group to 200 percent of goal.


Nevada Democrats Nervously Watch U.S. Supreme Court Hearings
Thad Kousser of Political Science discusses immigration laws in Nevada.


MelBiographical Memoirs: Melford Spiro
The National Academy of Sciences produces a biography of Mel Spiro of Anthropology for its national archives.


'Degrees of Health and Well-being'
Tom Wong of Political Science is set to participate in the Division of Arts and Humanities' lecture series Feb. 17.


Elite Older Scientists Say 'No Thanks' to Retirement
Don Norman of Cognitive Science and the Design Lab is featured in this San Diego Union-Tribune article.


WAPostHey, China, This Is Why Democracies Beat Autocracies in a Fight
Erik Gartzke of Political Science pens this op-ed for The Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” blog, touching on tensions in the South China Sea.


To Study OCD, Scientists Get Their (Rubber) Hands Dirty
The Center for Brain and Cognition visiting scholar Baland Jalal is cited.


Ribas'On the Line: Slaughterhouse Lives and the Making of the New South'
Vanesa Ribas of Sociology publishes her first book, an eye-opening examination of the lives of workers in the New South, via University of California Press.


Departure of Powerful Staffer Comes Amid Changes in Capitol
Independent news source CALmatters cites Thad Kousser of Political Science, reprinted in the San Francisco Chronicle.


Here's How You Spend $600,000 on 19 Consultants in a Senate Race
Political Scientist Gary Jacobson is quoted in the Los Angeles Times.


GoogGoogle Clashes with California Officials Over Proposed Self-Driving Car Regulations
Following draft regulations from the Department of Motor Vehicles that could slow down the adoption of driverless cars, Don Norman of Cognitive Science and the Design Lab is cited as opposition to the draft: "The most dangerous kind of autonomous vehicles are those that require human monitoring."


UC San Diego Innovators Gain Guidance from New Entrepreneurs-in-Residence
“We want our students to have the courage to create new businesses, design improvements for society, and be the leaders of the new economy,” said Vice Chancellor for Research Sandra Brown of Psychology.


BinderWhy Graduates of Elite Colleges Flock to the Same Jobs
The Chronicle of Higher Education features Amy Binder of Sociology and her research exploring why so many Harvard and Stanford grads pursue careers in consulting, finance and high-tech. “Universities should really take a look in the mirror. They’re facilitating entry into these jobs in a massive way,” she says. Binder was also featured on CBS.


Cracking the Trump Code
Sam Popkin of Political Science explains in The Daily Beast what some have been missing about “The Donald.”


Will Attitudes Shift on Gun Control?
Following the San Bernardino shootings, Thad Kousser of Political Science comments on gun control laws.


'This Is What They're Known For'
Media expert Daniel Hallin of Communication comments on tabloid publications following the San Bernardino shootings.


Why ISIL Will Fail on Its OwnPolitico
"Deciding how we think about ISIL is critical to deciding how to fight it," says Eli Berman of Economics in this op-ed for Politico. Berman also gave an interview to MSNBC and wrote another op-ed, this one for Bloomberg View.


Will China Be Seen as a Leader or a Villain?
The Christian Science Monitor includes Political Science Ph.D. candidate Deborah Seligsohn in its coverage of the Paris Climate Summit.


Extraordinary Conditionsjenkins
Janis Jenkins of Anthropology writes a guest post for the University of California Press blog and is interviewed on the “Thinking Aloud” radio program about her book “Extraordinary Conditions: Culture and Experience in Mental Illness.”


Why Affluent Parents Put So Much Pressure on Their Kids
The Atlantic cites research by economists Garey and Valerie Ramey.


What’s Behind Trend That Has Mexicans Leaving U.S.
Sociology professor David FitzGerald, co-director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, weighs in on KPBS Midday Edition.


HansonUC San Diego Foundation Welcomes New Trustees
Gordon Hanson of Economics joins as faculty representative.


Gavin Newsom Making Overtures to San Joaquin Valley
Thad Kousser of Political Science comments on the upcoming California gubernatorial race.


AIPAC Announces New Director of its Jerusalem Office
Political Science alumnus Cameron Brown will take over as lobby’s Israel director.


Should We Care About 'Star Wars: Force Awakens' Spoilers?
Research by Nicholas Christenfeld of Psychology and alumnus Jonathan Leavitt was cited.


PezzoliOutstanding Faculty Leader in Presidential Initiatives
Keith Pezzoli of Communication and Urban Studies and Planning is honored by University of California President Janet Napolitano. Pezzoli also appeared in a UC holiday feature.


Principal of High Performing San Diego School Credits Controversial Superintendent
Economist Julian Betts, director of the San Diego Education Research Alliance, is interviewed on Bersin legacy for this KPBS story.


Higher EdAmerican Political Science Association Moves Ahead on Transparency
“The social sciences, like the natural sciences and medical research, are facing rising expectations for accountability,” writes David A. Lake of Political Science, president-elect of the APSA, together with the current and past presidents of the association.


MaryIs Your Family Stressed, Tired and Rushed?
“This is not an individual problem, it is a social problem…and we need a societal-wide response.” - Mary Blair-Loy of Sociology and the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions, as quoted in the New York Times. She also gave interviews on the topic to WBAL in Baltimore and KGTV.


Here Is What Social Science Can Tell Us About the Terrorist Attacks in Paris
Washington Post opinion piece cites research by Claire Adida of Political Science.


Paris Attacks Likely Work of ISIS
Eli Berman of Economics commented on the recent attacks in Paris to several news outlets, including City News Service and Le Devoir in Montreal.


robotNew Robotics Institute Aims to Help People Age at Home
Division of Social Sciences and Jacobs School of Engineering’s Contextual Robotics Institute featured.


Restoring American Dream Is Study's Aim: UCSD
Lane Kenworthy of Sociology and the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research speaks about the center’s recently launched project to assess strategies for increasing upward mobility in the United States. Kenworthy and the project were also featured on KPBS’ Midday Edition.


Zombies Invade a New Mexico Middle School

Kids love zombies, and studying zombie brains means they're learning brain science. This school is using the book "Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep" by Bradley Voytek of Cognitive Science as inspiration.


ivanoBiographer Researching Stockton Genius
The Stockton Record features Ivano Caponigro of Linguistics, who is working on a book about philosopher and logician Richard Montague.


Plight of the Funny Female
The Atlantic features alumna Laura Mickes of Psychology, along with studies on gender and humor she conducted while at UC San Diego.


Closer Look at Latino Students
Not attending preschool can have profound effects, said Frances Contreras of Education Studies, speaking at the Latino Leadership Education Summit, which was covered by KFSN in Fresno.

middleclassSo How’s the American Middle Class, Really?
Lane Kenworthy of Sociology speaks with the Christian Science Monitor. Another CSM story, run by Yahoo News, cites him on a very different topic: Bernie Sanders’ so-called “socialism.”


Was Argentina’s Election Stolen?
Analysis by Sebastian Saiegh of Political Science and alumnus Francisco Cantu in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog.


Why Ben Carson’s Claim That He Stabbed Someone Is so Key to His Appeal to White America
Marisa Abrajano of Political Science has her research cited in a Washington Post op-ed.


UTArticleNew Dream for Tijuana River: Producing Electricity
Solar energy plan grew out of class taught by Rene Peralta and Jim Bliesner of Urban Studies and Planning lecturers. Bloomberg Business picked up the story, too.


The Adolescent Brain Subject of Long-Term Federal Study
Education Week reports on the ABCD project, whose coordinating center will be led by Sandra Brown of Psychology and Terry Jernigan of Cognitive Science, who also directs the Center for Human Development.


Coverage Continues for Envy Study
Recent research by Christine Harris of Psychology and graduate student Nicole Henniger continues to receive press, including Medical Daily, the New Zealand Herald, Health Day, MinnPost and the Toronto Star.


theHillTech Visas in Line With American Values
Center for Comparative Immigration Studies director John Skrentny of Sociology pens this op-ed in The Hill. Skrentny was also quoted in a San Diego Union-Tribune story about more immigrants pursuing STEM careers.


Healthy Aging Initiative Announces Inaugural Research Projects
New UC San Diego initiative includes Leslie R. Lewis and Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell of Urban Studies and Planning, and Don Norman of Cognitive Science and the Design Lab.


Former Apple Design Gurus Criticize Apple’s Current Designs
TidBITS piece refers to work done by UC San Diego students and Don Norman of Cognitive Science. It also cites a Fast Company article recently co-written by Norman, director of UC San Diego’s Design Lab.


tuneBehaves So Strangely
Trouble staying in tune? Diana Deutsch of Psychology may have the reason.


Faculty Honored for Contributions to UC Initiatives
Keith Pezzoli of Communication and Urban Studies and Planning is one of 10 winners of the Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership announced by UC President Janet Napolitano.


edelmanAlumnus Joseph Edelman Pledges $400,000
The gift will help students facing mental health challenges. “I think mental health is the single biggest inhibitor of economic growth and happiness" - Joseph Edelman, Department of Psychology alumnus.


Lane KenworthyThis Way Up
The Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research seeks to point policymakers to effective strategies for improving upward mobility in the United States. Lane Kenworthy of Sociology, director of the center and holder of the Yankelovich Chair in Social Thought, launched a two-year project to restore the promise of the American Dream.


Using History to Address Inequality
Renowned French economist Thomas Piketty joins Social Sciences’ scholars Peter Gourevitch, Gordon Hanson, Gary Jacobson, Lane Kenworthy, Thad Kousser, Isaac Martin, Bud Mehan, Valerie Ramey and Tom Wong in discussion on global income, wealth distribution. The Times of San Diego gave pre- and post-event coverage.


The Most Innovative Schools in America
Communication alumna Helen Griffith's school, e3 Civic High in San Diego, receives national honor, reported in CNN.


FoundersFounders Symposium Features TED-style Talks
Angela Booker of Communication, Alan Daly of Education Studies and Paul Niehaus of Economics answer short questions ahead of the Nov. 12 symposium.


Socially Speaking: Building San Diego’s Future – Nov. 17
Join us for an intriguing conversation with Urban Studies and Planning faculty and other regional experts on the future of water supply, the Qualcomm Stadium site and transportation in San Diego.


Paul Ryan and Joe Biden: Unlikely Alliance of Working Fathers
“Men are required by the culture to be these superheroes, to fulfill this devotion and single-minded commitment to work,” said Mary Blair-Loy of Sociology in The New York Times.


UTShould Restaurants Ban Tipping?
James Hamilton of Economics weighs in, as part of The San Diego Union-Tribune’s EconoMeter panel.


UC San Diego Ranked Among Top 10 LGBTQ-Friendly Universities in the Nation
The undergraduate degree program in Critical Gender Studies contributes to national ranking.


How Texas Is Trying to Screw Over the Children of Immigrants
John Skrentny of Sociology is cited in this Salon article, pulled from an earlier Politifact piece.


Mackie Highlights Implications of Dignity for International Development
Community change, said Gerry Mackie of Political Science at a conference of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, starts with “self-efficacy and autonomy and, before that, moral inspiration.”


Like Prohibition, the Fight Over Guns Is About Something Else
Department of Sociology founding chair Joseph Gusfield's work cited in this Los Angeles Times op-ed.


roboticsRobotics Institute Launched
The Division of Social Sciences and Jacobs School of Engineering have launched the Contextual Robotics Institute to develop safe and useful robotics systems. “By designing more responsive robots that are compatible with humans and in sync with social practices, we can build machines to serve humanity,” said Dean of Social Sciences Carol Padden. Coverage of the announcement included NBC San Diego, Times of San Diego and a cover story in The San Diego Union-Tribune, reprinted in The Los Angeles Times.


Smiles All Round
Interdisciplinary research by James H. Fowler of Political Science cited in this feature on why sharing happy news is good for you and everyone you know.


Mindfulness May Make Memories Less Accurate
Psychology Ph.D. candidate Brent M. Wilson's work is featured by the Association for Psychological Science.


Democrat Faces Uphill Battle in San Diego Mayoral Race
Political Science professor Steve Erie speaks with KPBS about the upcoming contest.


High-heeled beaded boots Through Nov. 29: 'Tradition by Moderns'

Featuring the work of five Native American women artists, “Tradition by Moderns” is now on view at the Women’s Museum of California in Liberty Station. Ethnic Studies students curated this exhibit as a part of a course taught by Ross Frank and in partnership with the artists they selected.


Editorial: B.C. Can Do More to Boost Voter Turnout
Political Science professor Zoltan Hajnal‘s book “America’s Uneven Democracy” is cited.


Political Science STARS
A new addition to the Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS): Led by Claire Adida and David Lake of Political Science, the program will bring students from Morehouse and Spelman colleges in Atlanta, two of the nation’s most distinguished historically black colleges and universities, to UC San Diego for an intensive eight-week research experience in the summer of 2016.


Global foodThe Research That's Changing US Food Policy
Keith Pezzoli of Communication and Urban Studies and Planning is featured in this University of California news story.


Supporting the Next Generation of Scholars
The new Judith and Neil Morgan Endowed Fellowship will support up to two doctoral students annually in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences.


Boosting Research that Benefits Society
Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla lauds the Global Health Program and the CREATE STEM Success Initiative in his letter to the campus community.


EnvyWho’s the ‘Enviest’ of Them All?
Research by Christine Harris of Psychology and graduate student Nicole Henniger suggests young adults are more envious than their elders – and about more things. Covering the study: Yahoo! Health, Washington Post, Psych Central, Daily Mail (UK), Panorama (Armenia) and NDTV (India), among others.


Lilly IraniProtecting Digital Labor
“My work is concerned with how innovation creates new forms of inequality." - Lilly Irani of Communication, featured in L.A. Times Local Plus.


‘Walls Are Not the Solution’
David Scott FitzGerald of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies and Akos Rona-Tas of Sociology pen this op-ed for CNN.


Passing of Edmund J. Fantino
The Department of Psychology is deeply saddened by the death of the distinguished professor.


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Ethnic Studies Turns 25
In addition to the UC San Diego story on Ethnic Studies’ anniversary celebration, media coverage includesVida Latina(Spanish) and LGBT Weekly. Robert Alvarez Jr. and Curtis Marez of Ethnic Studies are quoted in stories on the related Paul Espinosa Film Series in the San Diego Union-Tribune and Enlace(Spanish).


Bernie Sanders, Democratic Socialist Capitalist
“I think Bernie Sanders’s use of the word ‘socialism’ is causing much more confusion than it is adding value,” said Lane Kenworthy of Sociology in The New York Times.


ABCD StudyUncovering the Secrets of the Adolescent Brain

Social and medical scientists at UC San Diego, including Sandra Brown of Psychology and Terry Jernigan of Cognitive Science, will lead an unprecedented national study.


Birch Aquarium Announces New Executive Director

Anthropology alumnus Harry Helling chosen to lead Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


Project PAINT Creates New Sense of Self for Donovan State Prison Inmates
KPBS features program founder, graduate student Laura Pecenco of Sociology.


Are We Tight Yet? The Fed's Problem in Finding the Neutral Rate
James Hamilton of Economics was cited in Bloomberg.


White Backlash

Is There 'White Backlash' to Latino Immigration?
NBC News features book by Marisa Abrajano and Zoltan Hajnal of Political Science.


Worth Every Cent: To Help the Poor, Give Them Cash
Co-written by Paul Niehaus of Economics, published in Foreign Affairs.


Two of Four
Students Nhat-Dang Do of Political Science and Shayla Wilson of Sociology have won two of four 2015 Undergraduate Library Research prizes.

Revelle MedalsHugh 'Bud' Mehan Honored as 2015 Revelle Medal Recipient
Bud Mehan was the founding director of the Teacher Education Program (now Department of Education Studies) and the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellence (CREATE), which is housed in the Division of Social Sciences.


Founders Celebration Festivities Kick Off Nov 12
On Nov. 12, join six UC San Diego faculty presenters during the evening symposium, celebrating the ways in which our scholarship, community and commitment have created a force for positive change in our region, nation and world. Social Sciences presenters include Angela Booker, Communication; Paul Niehaus, Economics; and Alan Daly, Education Studies.


Cognitive Neuroscience Lurking in Art
“What can neuroscientists learn from the masters and other artists?” V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology answers in The Scientist.


USPUSP in da Haus
Crowdsurf, the UC San Diego crowdfunding platform, helped fund an Urban Studies and Planning trip to Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. You can also follow their blog.


San Diego Drought Lessons, Straight From Israel
Steve Erie of Political Science shares thoughts on water conservation in the San Diego Union-Tribune.


Scholars Examine Iran Nuclear Deal at Global Forum
Erik Gartzke of Political Science led a panel of speakers presenting on the Iran nuclear deal.


Eli BermanUnderstanding and Combating Terrorist Groups: Is it All a Matter of Economics?
Eli Berman of Economics and research director at the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, is featured in an L.A. Times Local Plus profile.


'Ready or Not, the Fully Autonomous Car Is Coming'
Don Norman of Cognitive Science and Psychology, and founding director of the Design Lab at UC San Diego, published this op-ed in The San Diego Union-Tribune.


$25 Million to GiveDirectly
Co-founded by Paul Niehaus of Economics, GiveDirectly sends no-strings-attached cash directly to poor people. The innovative nonprofit has won major support from the Good Ventures foundation.


California Infrastructure Gets an 'F'

Steve Erie of Political Science recently spoke with Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times about all things Calfornia infrastructure.


Kyle Kyle HainesHaines, Outstanding Student Leader
A Ph.D. candidate in Political Science
, Kyle Haines has been helping to convene a cross-campus and cross-border forum on environmental research. For this and other important work, he has been honored by the University of California as an outstanding student leader.


Beyond MOOCs
Campus has launched the Office of Online and Technology Enhanced Education, headed by Jeff Elman of Cognitive Science. Elman will provide oversight of UC San Diego’s online education activities and serve as the institutional liaison with technology platform partners.


Three Hellman Fellows
Hellman Fellowships help junior faculty take their research to the next level. Three of this year's fellows are from the Division of Social Sciences: Congratulations Marc Garellek of Linguistics, Jillian Hernandez of Ethnic Studies and Vanesa Ribas of Sociology!
Brains and income graphStudy Links Income and Brain Structure
A new Nature Neuroscience study, co-authored by Terry Jernigan of Cognitive Science, links family income to children's brain structure. The findings give clues to how the negative effects associated with low income might be overcome, say the researchers. U-T San Diego reports.
 
CCIS to Lead Major Research Project on Immigration
If California were its own country, it would have the world’s fourth largest immigrant population. The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies will lead a major new research project on immigration. Funded by the UC Office of the President, the collaboration between five UC campuses will help policymakers, non-governmental organizations and the public to better understand the impacts of immigration on California and to plan more effectively for the state’s future.
'Madness in Civilization'
Andrew Scull of Sociology discusses his latest book, "Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine." - on BBC Radio3, KPBS and more.

Price Center - photo by Erik JepsenSocial Scientists at the 'Frontiers of Innovation'
Three Social Sciences-led centers are among seven multi-disciplinary projects on campus that will receive seed funding thanks to the "Frontiers of Innovation" Program.

Exploring Race and Overreaction
Mica Pollock of Education Studies and CREATE co-authors an article in The Atlantic that delves into the overreaction to a perceived threat of black criminality on the streets and in schools.
Brigitte Roth TranHow to Increase the Vaccination Rate
Economics graduate student Brigitte Roth Tran explains her proposal to increase the vaccination rate on CNN.com: "Why I won’t let unvaccinated people around my kids."

UC President Janet Napolitano visits the Ocean View Growing Grounds, a thriving community garden in southeastern San Diego, and meets with UC San Diego Global Food Initiative fellows. Keith Pezzoli, director of Urban Studies and Planning and a faculty member in Communication, is an active participant at the OVGG.


Paul Niehaus and Bradley VoytekPaul Niehaus of Economics and Bradley Voytek of Cognitive Science are two of five UC San Diego researchers honored with Sloan Research Fellowships for 2015. The fellowships help boost fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.
 


Political Science graduate student Michael Davidson and two other UC San Diego researchers say they can predict the spread of the flu a week into the future with as much accuracy as Google Flu Trends can display levels of infection right now.


In memoriam: Joseph Gusfield, 91, founder of UC San Diego's Department of Sociology.


Claire Adida of Political Science and colleagues from Stanford and the Paris School of Economics offer some ideas in the Washington Post "Monkey Cage blog for getting past the "vicious circle of discrimination" in which French and Muslims seem to be stuck.

2014

Jelena JovanovicA team of developers that includes Cognitive Science alumna Jelena Jovanovic has won the $500,000 grand prize in Intel’s Make It Wearable challenge for their wrist-mounted camera drone called Nixie. The device can travel a fixed distance from its owner to take a photo or video of them, and then return. Images or video can instantly be shared with friends. 


"The Democrats' Immigration Problem," by Zoltan Hajnal in The New York Times: "President Obama's executive order eliminating the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants is good policy. It is the right thing to do. But it is a dangerous move for the Democratic Party."


Adam Schneider in Damascus, 2010. Photo courtesy Schneider.Too many people, not enough water – now and 2700 years ago. New research co-authored by doctoral candidate Adam Schneider of Anthropology suggests that drought and overpopulation helped destroy the Assyrian Empire. The Climatic Change paper draws parallels with modern Syria and Iraq, and cautions other regions also facing weather stresses today


In memoriam: Melford E. Spiro, 94, founder of UC San Diego's Department of Anthropology.


Carol PaddenMeet the new dean of the Division of Social Sciences: Carol Padden. 


Don Norman at the Design Lab“Design is not about making something look pretty. It’s about making the world work better. I mean everything, from your cellphone to health care to education to our impact on the environment. That’s what we’re focused on." -- Don Norman, founding chair of Cogntive Science at UC San Diego and a former Apple VP, on returning to campus to head the university's Design Lab. The lab is a campus-wide initiative bringing together numerous disciplines to explore design and shape its future. Read more in this U-T feature.


"Voting is habit-forming, but so is sitting out an election," writes Thad Kousser of Political Science in a Los Angeles Times op-ed. Based on his own and others' research, Kousser urges outreach to "forgotten voters," or those that campaigns believe are unlikely to cast a ballot. Doing so will not only increase turnout but will also improve representation.


Keith Pezzoli digging at Ocean View Growing GroundsTurning food deserts into food forests: A successful collaboration between the community and campus is creating a sustainable model to ensure that people in underserved areas have access to nutritious food. Keith Pezzoli, director of Urban Studies and Planning, is part of the inspiring effort. He is pictured here with communnity leaders at the Ocean View Growing Grounds in Southeast San Diego.


Michelle Bulterys and children in South Africa jumpUndergraduates at UC San Diego can now pursue a bachelor of arts in global health – an increasingly popular new field of study and urgent social concern. Launched this fall, the new interdisciplinary major in the Division of Social Sciences is a first in the University of California system, as was the global health minor that preceded it.


Congratulations to Marta Kutas of Cognitive Science, recipient of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s 2015 Distinguished Career Contributions Award; to Tom Levy of Anthropology, on election to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts; and to James Fowler of Political Science – on being named to the Politico 50 list of "thinkers, doers and dreamers who really matter in this age of gridlock and dysfunction.”


Washington Monthly image of recruiting signWhy are Harvard grads still flocking to Wall Street? Students from elite colleges, writes Amy Binder of Sociology in the Washington Monthly, march off to jobs at the big banks and consulting firms less by choice than because of a rigged recruiting game that the schools themselves have helped to create.


The Point of Pointing: In National Geographic, Rafael Nunez of Congnitive Science and graduate student Kensy Cooperrider were featured for their research in Papua New Guinea.


$100 million per barrel oil is here to stay, says James Hamilton of Economics in a new paper, even if peace breaks out in the Middle East.


Zoltan HajnalTo prevent future Fergusons, we must increase representation writes Zoltan Hajnal of Political Science in the Los Angeles Times.


In a Gender & Society study, sociologist Abigail Andrews finds that “returning immigrant women bring something quite meaningful back with them – the motivation to improve the economic and political climate of their village in Mexico.”


Andrea ChibaAndrea Chiba of Cognitive Science has won an NSF “EAGER” award. Chiba will be working on the "socially situated neuroscience" project with Laleh Quinn, also of Cognitive Science, and colleagues in bioengineering at UC San Diego as well as the University of Queensland, Australia. 


Eli Berman of Economics spoke with KPBS about ISIS and why Americans join terrorist groups. Earlier in the year, Berman appeared on BBC World News to talk about security in Afghanistan and, in May, his research team got word of a five-year grant from the Minerva Initiative to study how a country like the United States works with local allies to address a shared threat in a dynamic setting. 


Christine Harris with Samwise - photo by Steve HarrisIt's not just for humans. Dogs can act jealous, too, finds a new study by Psychology professor and alumna Christine Harris and honors student Caroline Prouvost. Supporting the view that a basic form of jealousy may have evolved to protect social bonds from interlopers, the paper made headlines nationally and internationally.  Some of the outlets covering, to name just a few:  New York Times, NPR, Washington Post, Slate, TIME, USA Today, National Geographic and Newsy.  


Taking paternity leave encourages other men to follow suit, finds a study co-authored by Gordon Dahl of Economics. The effect is most pronounced when a manager takes the leave. The Atlantic reports.


Friends are the family you choose: Genome-wide analysis by James Fowler of Political Science and Yale colleague Nicholas Christakis published in PNAS reveals that unrelated pairs of friends have genetic similarities. The study was widely covered: NPR, Washington Post, AP, Reuters, Smithsonian Magazine, CNN, CBS News and many others


Carol Padden will be dean of the Division of Social Sciences starting Oct. 1, 2014. The sign-language scholar and MacArthur "genius grant" winner is a doctoral alumna of Linguistics and has been a faculty member in Communication since 1983. She currently serves as UC San Diego's interim vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion.


New York Times logo"Racial realism” in the workplace threatens the equal-opportunity goals of the Civil Rights Act, writes John Skrentny of Sociology and Center for Comparative Immigrations Studies – in his recent book and in a New York Times op-ed.  


Can language influence our perception of reality? Slate-UC partnership story on the research of Lera Boroditsky of Cognitive Science. 


Detail of a ledger drawing by Kiowa artist Koba - driving in the horsesToronto's The Globe and Mail explores the legacy of American Plains Indian ledger drawings, an art form weighted by tragedy -- with Ross Frank of Ethnic Studies. Image: Detail of a drawing by the Kiowa artist Koba. 


"We know intuitively that strong relationships are the underpinning of successful organizations but we pay little attention to this fact as we design and implement complex change,” writes Alan Daly of Education Studies , with Kara S. Finnigan of the University of Rochester. The researchers use social network analysis to explain in the Washington Post “Answer Sheet” why building relationships is vital to school reform.


“Republicans’ increasing reliance on white voters may not spell electoral doom just yet,” writes the Washington Post based on research by Marisa Abrajano of Political Science. Abrajano’s analysis was also covered by many other outlets, including the Christian Science Monitor in a story about why the Latino vote still matters.


NSF highlights research by John Haviland of Anthropology. Haviland is studying the creation of a complex sign language among an extended family of Mayan Indians in an isolated community in highland Chiapas, Mexico.


English learners who are reclassified as proficient in English by the end of fifth grade perform as well or better academically than native English speakers – and they continue to do so through middle and high school, finds the “Pathways to Fluency” report (PDF) co-authored by researchers at the Public Policy Institute of California with Julian Betts, Andrew Zau and Karen Volz Bachofer at the San Diego Education Research Alliance (SanDERA), an independent research entity based in UC San Diego’s Department of Economics.


Bradley VoytekZombie-brain expert: Bradley Voytek of Cognitive Science, writes UT San Diego, "is a young, award-winning neuroscientist who explores how and why disease can afflict the human brain. But he is better known for his tongue-in-cheek explanations of why the living dead are so lively." 


Kudos! To Kutas, Ramachandran and Elman. Jeff Elman, dean of the Division of Social Sciences, has been  selected as UT Austin's Outstanding Graduate Alumnus for 2014. OnlinePhDProgram.org identifies Marta Kutas, chair of Cognitive Science, as one of "100 Notable Professors at Top Research Universities." Also on the list is recent sociology Ph.D. alumn Erin Cech, now teaching at Rice. And ARCS Foundation has named V.S. Ramachandran of Pyschology "Scientist of the Year."


Pinocchio-nosed boyDon't fib to kids: Leslie Carver of Psychology and undergraduate alumna Chelsea Hays have published a paper in Developmental Science showing that children who have been lied to are themselves more likely to cheat and lie. This is the first paper to demonstrate a connection between adult dishonesty and children's subsequent behavior. Science News and NBC local, among others, reported on the research. Photo © Bowie15 | Dreamstime.com


Urban Studies and Planning students find that designers and planners miss the mark  UT San Diego reports on the 24th annual Urban Expo.


40th Faculty Excellence Awards: Leslie Carver of Psychology wins the award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and is recognized for her “wise and inspiring” leadership.


Happy and sad faces in a social networkYou can catch a mood online? A study led by James Fowler of Political Science shows that Facebook feelings are contagious. Also, postive posts are more viral than negative ones. Coverage includesTIME, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, BBC and many others.


Valerie Ramey

Valerie Ramey of Economics was quoted in a Washington Post column about the effect of the economic stimulus.


Are social media raising an army of armchair activists? A study co-authored by Kevin Lewis of Sociology analyzes the Save Darfur Cause on Facebook when it was at its height and counted more than a million members. The vast majority of these supporters donated no money and recruited no one, suggesting that the commitment to the cause might have been only as deep as a click. The study was covered by New Scientist, Wired UK, CNET Australia and Pacific Standard, among others.


Clark Gibson at Afghan elections in 2010Citizen monitor: Can a text message get a person to the polls? What about an online social network – can a posting there persuade a voter to report back on what they observe during an election? These are among the questions that a team headed by Clark Gibson of Political Science will be seeking to answer during the 2014 national elections in South Africa, thanks to a $1.38 million Stage 2 Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) grant from the USAID, or US Agency for International Development. The current grant will build on some of the ideas first piloted in Afghanistan in 2010. 


Girls working on science projectA lever for local STEM education: The STEM Success Initiative, led by CREATE, aims to gather community and university resources to lift the region’s K-20 education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


There is no safe combination of drinking and driving, finds a study led by David Phillips of Sociology. Analysis of more than 500,000 fatal crashes in the U.S. finds that drivers with blood alcohol content as low as 0.01 percent – well below the legal limit of 0.08 – are 46 percent more likely to be at fault than the sober drivers they collide with. The study was extensively covered by the press, including the Huffington Post, US News & World Report and Reuters.


When a doctor’s visit is a guilt trip: Psychologist Christine Harris examines patient reactions to physician-inspired guilt and shame. The Atlantic covered the study as did MSN via Quartz and Huffington Post, among others.

2013

"Valley Girl" talk is, like, on the rise? Graduate student Amanda Ritchart of Linguistics documents that both young men and women are using "SoCal English," a dialect characterized by uptalk, or higher intonation at the end of statement so it sounds almost like a question. Coverage includes WBUR, UT San Diego, Scientific American and Washington Post.


Give Directly man with bike and cell phoneMoney for nothing: GiveDirectly is a nonprofit that does something radical – almost heretical – in the world of international charity: It gives cash directly to those who need it without any strings attached. Each donation is about $1,000, deposited through a mobile banking system straight to a recipient’s phone. In Kenya, where the group began operations, this is equivalent to a year’s wages. The windfall is not a loan. And what’s required in return is exactly nothing. GiveDirectly was co-founded by Paul Niehaus of Economics.


Keith RaynerKudos to Keith Rayner of Psychology! Rayner has been honored by the FABBS Foundation and as a William James Fellow by the Association for Psychological Science for "lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology."


UC San Diego is a top producer of Fulbright students. And Sharon Seegers, an alumna of Political Science, is one of them. 


Does the use of government assistance by parents make their children more likely to use welfare, too? Yes, suggests research coauthored by Gordon Dahl of Economics.


Race and romance, online. Photo © Michelle HaymozRace and romance, online: Study of internet dating by Kevin Lewis of Sociology suggests racial barriers can be overcome. USA Today, KPBS, Huffington Post, NPR and many others reported on the research. Photo © Michelle Haymoz.


Social Sciences Dean Jeff Elman discusses UC San Diego’s foray into massive, open, online courses, or MOOCs, with KPBS.


Talk to your toddler. And use numbers when you talk. Doing so may give a child a better head start in math than teaching her to memorize 1-2-3 counting routines, finds an international study led by David Barner of Psychology and Linguistics.


The 2013 fall issue of UC San Diego’s alumni magazine, Triton, is bursting with a “Back to School” package. Check out all the stories focused on Education Studies’ 40 years of scholarship and outreach.


Carol Padden convocation 2014MacArthur “Genius” Award winner Carol Padden – Linguistics alumna, Communication professor and associate dean of Social Sciences at UC San Diego – gave the keynote address at this year's Welcome Convocation. In her inspiring speech, she urged new freshmen and transfer students to stretch, to take "reasonable" risks and to explore different points of view. A university education, she said, is “about becoming a person.”


The campus has created the Center for Brain Activity Mapping, and Ralph Greenspan of Cognitive Science has been named founding director.


San Diego Mayor Bob Filner: Political scientist Steve Erie, director of Urban Studies and Planning, talks with Bloomberg, TIME, NPR, U-T San Diego, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and many others about the scandal at City Hall.


DolphinsDolphins have dolphin-given “names”? Apparently so. Doctoral students Whitney Friedman and Jeremy Karnowski of Cognitive Science speak with National Geographic about a study out of the University of St. Andrews.


Peter H. SmithThe Latin American Studies Association selected Peter H. Smith of Political Science for its highest honor, the Kalman Silvert Award, presented every year to “an eminent senior scholar for distinguished lifetime contributions to the study of Latin America.”


Twelve UC San Diego students and recent alumni have won Fulbright grants to conduct research abroad.


Sara Clarke Kaplan“The problem is that despite our two-term black president, despite our oft-repeated desire for a colorblind society, despite our willingness to applaud companies for dropping products sold by slur-spewing celebrities..., racism remains an integral part of the United States,” writes Sara Clarke Kaplan of Ethnic Studies in the U-T. Her opinion piece is on the verdict acquitting George Zimmerman of Trayvon Martin's murder.


Ellen T. Comisso, 1947-2013. The UCSD Department of Political Science will hold a public celebration of her life in the fall quarter; date to be announced mid-September. In the meanwhile, the department remembers this pioneering professor of Eastern European political economy with a written memorial (PDF).


Math Is the universe inherently mathematical...or is math a construct of the brain? It’s physicists v. neuroscientists in this edition of a Kavli Foundation roundtable discussion. Math is not somewhere out there, according to Rafael Nunez of Cognitive Science. “Math is a form of human imagination,” he says, “that is not only brain-based but that is also culturally shaped.”


Alan Houston of Political Science is UC San Diego’s Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Read the Q&A in ThisWeek@UCSanDiego.


Ed Studies alumna Cindy Marten, the new superintendent of San Diego Unified, “has zeroed in on principals, appointing the district’s first mentor principal to coach those new to the profession,” writes the U-T.


Tom WongAre you following the immigration debate? So is Tom K. Wong - closely. And the UCSD political scientist is blogging about it at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies. He predicted the Senate vote. His work has been covered by ABC News/Univision, Southern California Public Radio, New York Times, Fronteras Desk, KPBS, Yahoo News and Univision.


Linguist David Perlmutter and anthropologist Kathryn Woolard have been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Linguistics Goes to HollywoodInventors of fantastic and alien tongues, including alum David Peterson of Linguistics, discuss the art of constructing languages – Klingon for “Star Trek,” Na’vi for “Avatar” and Dothraki for “Game of Thrones.”



Ralph GreenspanUC San Diego will play a key role in President Obama’s
BRAIN initiative.


Would a ban on large soda drinks backfire? A UC San Diego psychology experiment says “yes.” In addition to the Los Angeles Times, also covering the research led by graduate student Brent Wilson were: the Washington Post, CBS News, Huffington Post and NBC’s “Today,” among many others.


Mary Blair-LoyEnd of men? Not even close, says Mary Blair-Loy of Sociology in new report on gender in the professions.


The self-described “tinkerers” and “hacker-ninjas” behind a free web app they call “KA Lite” have an immodest goal: They aim to bring the revolution in online education to the 65 percent of the world that isn’t online. Led by Jamie Alexandre of Cognitive Science, the team of social-sciences students is breaking down barriers to the Internet commons.KA Lite


The New York TimesKPBS and Marketplace, among others, reported that the Obama administration plans to launch a decade-long Brain Activity Map project and that the effort would include Ralph Greenspan of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind.


Cingy MartenEducation Studies alumna Cindy Marten has been named superintendent of San Diego Unified, the state’s second-largest school district, the U-T San Diego and others report. A profile of Marten details city-wide advocacy and an impressive collection of fortune-cookie fortunes. Alumna Tina Rasori, meanwhile, a teacher at Fay Elementary in City Heights, was featured in a front-page U-T story on the new Common Core standards. 


Former UC President and UC San Diego Chancellor Richard Atkinson of Psychology and Cognitive Science has donated $3.5 million to the National Academy of Sciences to create a $200,000 prize “to recognize and support scientists in improving our understanding of how the mind works.”  Read more.


The U.S. is facing a debt situation that could become “unmanageable” in the next decade, warns a paper coauthored by James Hamilton of Economics and reported on by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times “Economix” blog, among others.


The Atlantic reported on research by Gail Heyman of Psychology showing that while a majority of American parents lie to their children, nearly all Chinese parents do and see less harm in it, too.


A critic sat in on the California government and politics class co-taught by Nathan Fletcher and Thad Kousser of Political Science, filing this light-hearted report in the U-T: “Nathan Fletcher Gets Schooled.”  


Karen DobkinsKaren Dobkins of Psychology appears in a TEDx America’s Finest City video: “The Space Between Kansas and Oz.” Dobkins was also quoted by the Scientist in a story on brain adaptations among deaf people. 


UC San Diego is beginning to offer massive open online courses, or MOOCs, partnering initially with Coursera and Google. The U-T story reporting on the announcements quoted Social Sciences Dean Jeff Elman.


PolitiFact story attempting to sort out the debate between Carly Fiorina and Paul Krugman on the government’s role in promoting economic growth cited research by Valerie Ramey of Economics showing that government spending does not boost activity in the private sector.


Think Tanks in AmericaWashington Post’s “Wonkblog” and the LSE Review of Books ran positive pieces on “Think Tanks in America” by Tom Medvetz of Sociology.


Karthik Muralidharan of Economics wrote a piece on primary education policy for the Economic Survey of India 2013, issued by the Ministry of Finance; his argument that, above all else,holding teachers accountable improves student learning  was cited by the Times of India.


Doctoral candidate Michael Madowitz and alumnus Kevin Novan of Economics published an op-ed in the Washington Post:  “Why Sales Taxes and Gasoline Don’t Mix.”


Chronicle of Higher Education story on the problems in priming research cites at length Hal Pashler of Psychology, the “most prolific of the Replicators.” Pashler’s work is also cited in a Sunday New York Times op-ed.


Plains Indian LedgerAlternative Accounts”: Curated by an interdisciplinary group of students and Ross Frank of Ethnic Studies, an exhibition of Plains Indian ledger art at the San Diego Museum of Art gives a glimpse of Native visions of American history.


New Republic published a glowing review of “Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives,” by Amy Binder and doctoral student Kate Wood of Sociology. Binder also appeared on WPR’s “Joy Cardin” show and MSNBC’s “The Cycle” to talk about the book.


John SkrentnyJohn Skrentny of Sociology and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies is now one of the U-T San Diego’s “Insights on Immigration” panel of experts. Skrentny was also quoted in a U-T story about Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs’ meeting with President Obama to discuss immigration reform.


Work by Gordon Dahl of Economics showing that an increase in family income has significant effects on a poor child’s test scores is cited in an Examiner.comstory on the Earned Income Tax Credit.


Ben Bergen of Cognitive Science spoke about his book “Louder than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning” on KPCC’s “Air Talk.” He is also featured on Zocalo Public Square and in a Brain Science Podcast


WIRED LogoWired piece on “how Facebook is transforming science and public health” cited research led by James Fowlerof Political Science. 


Wall Street Journal story on Venezuela’s continuation of Hugo Chavez’s “heating-oil diplomacy” quoted David Mares of Political Science. 


Schools need strong social networks to implement changes grounded in research, according to work presented on Capitol Hill by Alan Daly of Education Studies and blogged about by Learning First. 


Eli Berman of Economics is quoted in an International Business Times story suggesting that some of the international aid going to the Palestinian Authority is used to pay Palestinian prisoners’ salaries.


Voice of San Diego story taking Mayor Filner to task for his ideas on San Diego-Tijuana collaboration quoted Oscar Romo of Urban Studies.


PRI’s “The World” spoke with Wayne Cornelius of Political Science and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies for a story about families torn apart by immigration rules.


Gary Jacobson of Political Science was quoted in a Huffington Post story looking at fundraising for the Senate 2014 race.


“Kabuki theater,” said Steve Erie of Urban Studies and Political Science to the U-T  of Assembly Bill 291, which would automatically sunset state boards and departments. 


Fans of the TV show “Downtown Abbey” were enraged by a media spoiler revealing a major character’s death, and The Week cited research led by Nicholas Christenfeld of Psychology to temper the anger. 

Professor of PracticeA first for UC San Diego and the Division of Social Sciences:  Former California State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher is inaugural “professor of practice.” Also reporting the news were U-T San Diego, with quotes from Thad Kousser of Political Science, as well as La Jolla Patch and  NBC7


Roger Gordon and Gordon Dahl of Economics made headlines with their white paper showing that, contrary to popular belief, there is a surprising degree of agreement among academic economists.  The New York Times’ Paul Krugman reported on the research, first presented at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association in San Diego, as well as the EconomistWall Street JournalWashington PostBusinessWeek and Reuters.


Mica PollockMica Pollock of Education Studies and CREATE published an op-ed in U-T San Diego: “Let’s Truly Protect Our Children in 2013.”


Clark Gibson and David Lake of Political Science have been named winners of the 2013  Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards – for, respectively, graduate teaching and research.


The BBC News and TIME reported on research led by Gail Heyman of Psychology on lying to children in the U.S. and China. 


FacebookFacebook is more memorable than books or faces, finds a study by Nicholas ChristenfeldChristine Harris and alumna Laura Mickes of Psychology. Coverage ranged from the Wall Street Journal to Cosmopolitan and included the Los Angeles Times,SalonU-T San DiegoGizmagMashablePC MagazineScienceNOW and TIME, among others. Christenfeld appeared onKPBS-FM and TV. The LiveScience coverage enjoyed wide national and international pick-up, while Scientific American also included commentary by John Wixted.


The Times Higher Education ran a book review of “Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives,” by Amy Binder and doctoral student Kate Wood of Sociology.


David FitzGerald of Sociology and CCIS was quoted in a Washington Post story on Canada’s guest worker program serving as a model for the U.S. 


Thad Kousser of Political Science appeared on KPBS-FM and TV to discuss California’s newest laws. 


Post-doc Joshua Lewis of Cognitive Science created controversy by proposing changes in Scrabble points, reported UPI.


Seeds of Persuasion”:  Lead story package in ThisWeek@UCSanDiego on getting people to better citizens includes research by James Fowler of Political Science and Chris Bryan of Psychology. 


Feb. 6Craig McKenzie of Psychology and the Rady School of Management will talk about “Business and Psychology: Decision Making, Rationality and Creativity” at this quarter’s Social Sciences Supper Club.

2012

The EconomistThe Economist, in a story on the ebbing of the Mexican migration “wave,” cited David FitzGerald of Sociology and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies.

Sam Popkin of Political Science answered the Atlantic’s “Were you on Obama’s ‘Dream Team’?” Popkin also spoke with U-T San Diego about the sun-setting of Mitt Romney’s political career in La Jolla.


Amy BinderThe Boston Globe ran a positive review of the book “Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives,” by Amy Binder and doctoral student Kate Wood of Sociology. Binder and Wood also took “The Page 99 Test.”


Katerina Semendeferi of Anthropology was featured in the U-T as one of the San Diegans recently named fellows of AAAS, the nation's largest scientific organization.


Book of MormonFirst prize: Anthropology graduate student Jordan Haug has won the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest for his collection “Mormon Fundamentalism and Polygamy,” which numbers nearly 100 volumes.


North County Times story on historically “red” Riverside County voting “blue” last election quoted Steve Erie of Political Science.


Tom Levy of Anthropology has published a free e-book: “Cyber-Archaeology in the Holy Land: The Future of the Past.”

 


Zoltan HajnalZoltan Hajnal and doctoral student Jeremy D. Horowitz of Political Science published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times showing that minorities – and whites – fare better economically under Democratic presidents. The piece was distributed on the McClatchy Tribune wire and picked up in publications as diverse as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the United Arab Emirates’ the Gulf Today. It was also blogged on Washington Monthly and led to an appearance on the Alan Colmes Radio Show.


Becoming Right Book CoverThe Chronicle of Higher Education featured Amy Binder and doctoral student Kate Wood of Sociology, coauthors of the forthcoming book “Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives,” in an exchange with Mark Bauerlein of Emory. The new book was also previewed by Inside Higher Ed


Katerina SemendeferiKaterina Semendeferi of Anthropology is one of 10 UC San Diego faculty named new AAAS fellows, reported UC San Diego News.


U.S. News & World Report featured a Q&A with Ben Bergen of Cognitive Science about his book “Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning,” while Psychology Today blog “PreFrontal Nudity” ran a review. Bergen also appeared in an hour-long interview on Texas public radio program “Think.”


The Last Pictures ProjectA drawing by Rafael Nunez of Cognitive Science is now orbiting Earth aboard a satellite, reported U-T San Diego. It is part of “The Last Pictures” project, a collection of images meant to be discovered by future civilizations.


Business Insider reported on a new study finding every $1 of government infrastructure spending boosts the economy by $2 compared to the more typical .5 to 1.5 fiscal multiplier found by Valerie Ramey of Economics.


Steve Erie of Urban Studies and Planning was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story on the legacy of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. Erie and Gary Jacobson of Political Science also spoke at length with the Reader on demographics and the election results in San Diego.


AP story on the powerful supermajorities elected to many state legislatures, picked up by Salon.com and others, cited Thad Kousser of Political Science.


MSN Money cited “Econbrowser” blog by James Hamilton of Economics in a story on how Superstorm Sandy is already beginning to boost local and national economies.


Ben Bergen

Front-page U-T San Diego story featured a long Q&A with Ben Bergen of Cognitive Science on language, meaning, distracted driving – and  Groucho’s famous “fruit flies like a banana.” 

Washington Post’s “Wonkbook” selected as one of its “top long reads” the New York Times story reporting that Sam Popkin of Political Science was one of the academics whose research informed President Obama’s successful re-election campaign.  
Michael DimockPollster Michael Dimock, doctoral alum of Political Science, is taking over as director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, reported Research Magazine.
Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly focused on UC San Diego in her piece “Freshman Seminars Are Weird.” To support her argument that these seminars are “on trivial subjects and biased in content,” she cited, among other courses, “How Minds and Groups Make Religion and Superstition” from the Department of Cognitive Science.

“U.S. university departments that have more foreign graduate students produce more academic publications and have their work cited more frequently, ” wrote Gordon Hanson of Economics/IRPS in The Cato Journal, according to a piece in Forbes on how the GOP can attract immigrant voters.


New York TimesSocial science “dream team”:  Sam Popkin of Political Science is identified by the New York Times as one of the academics whose unpaid, research-based advice helped inform and secure President Obama’s 2012 re-election bid. 


Carol PaddenIf you had $20 million to spend on solving a social problem, what would it be? Carol Padden of Communication is one of the MacArthur “Genius” Grant winners asked by the New York Times to propose an imaginary challenge prize.

FB“Did Facebook give Democrats the upper hand?” wondered the Atlantic, covering efforts by James Fowler of Political Science to study the effects of online social networks on voter turnout, in 2012 and 2010. Also reporting: CBS News andTechCrunch (twice), among others.
Academic discussions and networking on Twitter? U.S. News and World Report followed up on a Daily Muse blog post by Communication graduate student Tamara Powell.
APA MonitorAPA Monitor November cover story on embarrassment prominently features work byChristine Harris of Psychology; the digital edition of the magazine includes video interview on the subtle signs and the consequences of the social emotion.
San Diego Mayor-elect Bob Filner has less time than most other city leaders to assemble an administration, reported Voice of San Diego  in a story quoting Steve Erie of Urban Studies.
Psychology Today blogged about research by Ben Bergen of Cognitive Science showing how language distracts us from driving
In passing Prop. 30, Californians voted to tax themselves to help prevent further cuts to education and could serve as a guide to the nation, reported Bloomberg BusinessWeek in a story quoting Thad Kousser of Political Science.
Gary Jacobson of Political Science was quoted in a Dallas Morning News piece about what the nation’s changing demographics mean for both the GOP and Dems in elections to come. Jacobson was also quoted in a Los Angeles Times story on the 11 newcomers to California’s congressional delegation.

Young women are quicker to exercise next to seemingly unfit peers, according to a study coauthored byJames Kulik of Psychology, blogged the Today Show.



PreussThe Washington Post holds up the Preuss School UCSD as a national model  and cites a new book on the school by Hugh “Bud” Mehan of Sociology, founding director of CREATE, “In the Front Door: Creating a College-Going Culture of Learning.”


Election “pre-mortem” with Sam Popkin of Political Science appeared in the Atlantic; Popkin also commented on the election in the New Yorker, while the American Prospect ran a piece by Popkin on “our most prominent number cruncher,” poll watcher Nate Silver.
Robert EngleWhere is he now? ThisWeek@UCSanDiego catches up with Nobel Laureate Robert Engle of Economics.  
“Louder Than Words,” by Ben Bergen of Cognitive Science, got positive reviews in Nature andNew Scientist.
Live Science reported on research by Christine Harris of Psychology debunking the popular idea that women in the fertile phase of their cycle prefer more masculine men.
TechCrunch named James Fowler of Political Science one of its “20 Most Innovative People in Democracy 2012”; Fowler’s Facebook “get out the vote” research, which first made major headlines in September, continued to get coverage in the lead-up to Election Day with CNET,Technology ReviewAustin American-Statesman and others.
Financial Times reported on research by Chris Bryan of Psychology showing that framing matters: People were less likely to cheat when encouraged to think of themselves as cheaters if they did.

Asian-Americans John Skrentny of Sociology and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies was cited in a New York Times story on Asian Americans and affirmative action, focusing on the University of Texas, Austin.


Wall Street Journal and CNN, among others, reported on research by graduate student Evan Carr of Psychology, with Piotr Winkielman, presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting: Smiles have a thing or two to say, it seems, about human pecking order.


KPBS-FM story on Italy inviting ethnic Italians in San Diego to “come back home” consulted John Skrentny of Sociology and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies about the bigger trend in Europe and Asia.
Diana DeutschNBC News, the Business Standard of India, the UK’s Daily MailU.S. News and World Report, the Detroit Free Press and others reported on research by Diana Deutsch and Kevin Dooley of Psychology, presented at the Acoustical Society of America's annual meeting, suggesting that genetics may help explain perfect pitch. 
Ben Bergen of Cognitive Science wrote in the Huffington Post about “50 Shades of Grey Matter: Your Mind on Smut.”

Patch.com reported on the nonpartisan California Choices website, co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and designed to help the state’s voters with statewide ballot measures.
James Hamilton of Economics was cited in Newsday on the global oil market’s effect on the American economy.
CBS News story on how little some U.S. Senate races are mentioning Romney or Obama quoted Gary Jacobson of Political Science.
Ben Bergen Salon has published an excerpt from "Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning," by Ben Bergen of Cognitive Science. 
“The Atlantic Meets the Pacific: Predicting Election 2012” features three Social Sciences’ affiliates – Sam Popkin and James Fowler of Political Science, and longtime pollster and friend of the division Dan Yankelovich – along with James Fallows of the Atlantic, veteran political reporter Ron Brownstein of the National Journal and Republican strategist Steve Schmidt.
TechCrunch followed up on study by James Fowler of Political Science, suggesting the real power of political messages on Facebook lies not in paid advertising but in shares among friends.
California ChoicesThad Kousser of Political Science is one of the experts behind CaliforniaChoices.org, an interactive nonpartisan website helping California voters make sense of statewide initiatives. Students, meanwhile, are behind several campus successes: a San Diego mayoral candidate debate held Oct. 13 and amassive voter registration drive.
Samuel PopkinInsights on the 2012 presidential election: Sam Popkin of Political Science shares election insights and experience in three-part UCTV Prime video series. He’s also speaking regularly with, among others, U-T San Diego and the Atlantic.
The Russell Sage Foundation published a piece by John Skrentny and graduate student Jane Lilly Lopez of Sociology, examining the Latino vote and President Obama's record on immigration reform. 
U-T San Diego ran a feature on the “entrepreneurial force behind UCSD”: former UC President Dick Atkinson of Psychology and Cognitive Science.
Gedeon Deak of Cognitive Science is one of the researchers on a large NIH-funded study to learn how much language babies understand before they can speak, reported U-T San Diego
Mayan RuinsGeoffrey Braswell of Anthropology tells the Associated Press that the Maya did not predict an apocalyptic end of the world in 2012.
Steve Erie of Urban Studies spoke with the San Diego Reader about a proposed bayside football stadium in San Diego and with the Associated Press about a massive new desalination plant in Carlsbad.
A 61-million-person experiment on Facebook, led by James Fowler of Political Science, shows (for the first time, Fowler and coauthors believe) that important real-world behaviors like voting can be influenced by online social networks. The authors estimate that Facebook's election-day “get out the vote” message yielded 340,000 more voters at the polls in 2010. Close friends made all the difference. Coverage included: NPRNew York TimesBBCWashington PostLos Angeles TimesCNN.comAPPoliticoFinancial Times, the AtlanticPBS NewsHour, and many othersFacebook Vote
Inside Higher Ed covered research coauthored by Kate Antonovics of Economics on the effect of affirmative action bans in college admissions.
Using smartphones to reduce election fraud? New Scientist  reports on work by alumni Michael Callen of Economics and James Long of Political Science, with faculty Eli Berman and Clark Gibson.
Hello E.T.! Bloomberg reported “The Last Pictures” project of artist Trevor Paglen, which includes work by Rafael Nunez of Cognitive Science and will orbit Earth for 5 billion years on satellite EchoStar XVI.
Research on Indian education by Karthik Muralidharan of Economics was covered by the Business Standard and, in a widely picked-up story, by the Agence France-Presse.
Ayse SayginWhy are robots creepy? CNN reports on explorations of the human brain by Ayse Saygin of Cognitive Science.Huffington Post also covered Saygin’s work.
UC San Diego again tops Washington Monthly's national rankings for public service.
Olympic RingsNPR, the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor were three of many outlets reprising findings by Nicholas Christenfeld and graduate student Jonathan Leavitt of Psychology showing that spoiler don’t spoils stories – or the 2012 London Olympics.
In a story on the Aurora, Colo. theater mass shooting, ABC News quoted Gordon Dahl of Economics on his research about violence and movies.
Observing BaboonsShirley Strum of Anthropology was cited widely in stories about baboon management in South Africa, including Fox News,Cape Times and others.

The Washington Post and the New York Times reviewed “The Candidate: What It Takes to Win – and Hold – the White House,” by Sam Popkin of Political Science.

Research by Julian Betts of Economics supporting steady and early test preparation for California’s high school exit exam was featured in Education Week and Central Valley Business Times; the state’s current intervention after failure in grade 10, Betts says, is too late.


“Natural experiments” studying the effects of media on families were the subject of a recent paper by Gordon Dahl of Economics and a Wired “GeekDad” blog post.


TEDx video: Thomas Levy of Anthropology explains how new visualization technologies have enabled archaeologists to collect, manage and analyze site data.


In a New York Times article on natural gas, James Hamilton of Economics suggested that a politician would do well to urge domestic expansion of the industry. Washington Post “Wonkblog,” meanwhile, cited Hamilton and his “Econbrowser” on the minimal impact falling oil prices have on economic recovery.


Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology was quoted in Science on the forest foraging diet of Australopithecus sediba, a possible early member of the human family.


NPR’s “It’s All Politics” blog quoted Thad Kousser on the likely consequences of having (thanks to term-limit laws) large numbers of newbie legislators in state governments after the fall elections.


New Scientist has been featuring visual illusions by Stuart Anstis of Psychology; the latest post demonstrates the way the human brain sometimes perceives an overall shape and sometimes its smaller components.


MSNBC cited a study led by David Phillips of Sociology connecting the annual July spike in hospital deaths to new M.D.s beginning their residency programs.


A study by Julie Cullen of Economics on the relationship between a city’s homicide rate and its total population was cited in a Forbes blog post.


San Diego Reader story on Imperial Valley and the Salton Sea as the next Owens Valley/Owens Lake, of California “water wars” fame, quoted Steve Erie of Political Science.


NPR science blog featured recent work by V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology on the unusual phantom-limb experience of patient RN.


NewScientist featured research by Rafael Nunez of Cognitive Science on the culturally unique way the Yupno people of Papua New Guinea think about time: For them, it seems, the future is uphill and the past, down


Research by Nicholas Christenfeld and post-doc, alumna Laura Mickes of Psychology was cited in a San Francisco Chronicle article on how women’s humor can fail in the workplace


In an article about Hollywood blockbusters, Colorado Springs Independent referenced findings by Nicholas Christenfeld of Psychology that stories are not spoiled by “spoilers”


Thad Kousser of Political Science explained in the La Mesa-Mount Helix Patch the challenge proponents of Proposition 29 face in finding support for the “regressive tax”


The Huffington Post cited a study coauthored by Isaac Martin of Sociology finding that small business owners in the South think the American taxation system is morally objectionable


Christopher Bryan of Psychology was quoted in The Atlantic on the public perception of B.F. Skinner’s behavior modification techniques


Steve Erie of Political Science was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on the evolution of neighborhoods in downtown Los Angeles


Live Science on wrongful convictions based on misidentification by eyewitnesses cited work led by John Wixted of Psychology


Thad Kousser of Political Science was quoted in the Encinitas Patch on Proposition 29, which if passed would increase cigarette tax


USA Today story on the effect voters’ economic outlook might have on the upcoming presidential election quoted Gary Jacobson of Political Science


James Hamilton of Economics was quoted in an Associated Press story on the politics of lowered gas prices


OB Rag cited the book “Paradise Plundered,” by Steve Erie, doctoral student Vladimir Kogan and alumnus Scott MacKenzie of Political Science, in post on San Diego mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio


In a story on Madeleine Kunin, the first female governor of Vermont, Women’s eNewsmentioned the research of Valerie Ramey and Garey Ramey of Economics on the increased time college-educated mothers spend on childcare


Wayne Cornelius of Political Science, founder of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, has won Mexico's highest award for foreigners.


How a cheetah can hide its spots: New Scientist features the illusion research of Psychology’s Stuart Anstis.
Bud MeehanAn endowed scholarship, honoring the work of educational reformer Hugh “Bud” Mehan of Sociology and CREATE, will help local underserved students attend UC San Diego.  

Innovative Neural Research Wins $7 Million in DOD Funding Tim Gentner of Psychology will participate in an interdisciplinary multi-university research initiative to investigate the dynamic principles of collective brain activity. 
Guggenheim Fellow to Study Long-term Effectiveness of NGOs James RauchJames Rauch of Economics, who studies development and international economics, was awarded a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship. With the fellowship, Rauch plans to investigate jadedness and professionalism in non-governmental organizations. read more...
Archive Renamed for Anthropologist Papa New GuineaThe late Donald Tuzin of Anthropology helped build a world-class research collection at UC San Diego for the study of the peoples of Papua New Guinea and other island countries of the southwestern Pacific. Now, in honor of his leadership and legacy, the collection of materials from one of the most culturally, linguistically and geographically diverse places on earth has been renamed the Tuzin Archive for Melanesian Anthropology. Celebrating the archive’s 30 years, an exhibit is on view at Geisel Library through June 30. 

KPCC quoted Marisa Abrajano of Political Science on generational differences in support of gay marriage


Political Science alumna Danette Meyers is running for Los Angeles County district attorney, reported the LA Times


The book “The Logic of American Politics,” by Samuel KernellGary Jacobson andThad Kousser  of Political Science, was cited by Governing in a piece on ticket splitting


Joel Sobel of Economics, chairman of the Academic Senate, noted in a UT San Diegostory the likelihood of midyear tuition hikes if the governor’s tax initiative fails to pass


The ScientistNature and Science reported that the 9,000-year-old skeletons found at UC San Diego’s University House would not be reburied until a federal lawsuit against the university by three UC professors, including Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology, is settled


The body of hiker and Psychology student Guillermo Pino, who went missing Easter weekend, has been found, reported numerous news outlets, including Fox 5


Nicholas Christenfeld of Psychology weighed in on a UT San Diego story about employee personality tests


The May 10 Economics Roundtable was covered by the San Diego Daily Transcript


Study Finds Twist to the Story of the Number Line Subsistence FarmingChallenging a mainstream scholarly position, a study led by Rafael Nunez of Cognitive Science suggests that the number-line concept is not innate but learned. His work with the Yupno of Papua New Guinea also shows that there is another way to think about time too – one that does not place past/future on a line or use the body as a reference point. Referring instead to their valley’s terrain, the Yupno, it seems, conceive of the future as uphill and the past, down. 


To Research and Serve John WixtedPsychology professor and alumn John Wixted is passionate about research. He also thinks it’s important we all use our education and expertise to serve our community. In this interview, he discusses what he’s learned about memory and how he got involved evaluating the effectiveness of an after-school program in Spring Valley. Plus his favorite food and favorite way to spend $10.
Advocacy in Sacramento Joel Sobel of Economics, chair of the Academic Senate, met with state legislators to illustrate how transformative research has an impact on society now and into the future.
Cognitive Scientist to Help Lead New Center for Human Imagination David Kirsh of Cognitive Science will serve as associate director of the newly established and interdisciplinary Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. 
‘Economics Roundtable’ on UCSD-TV Like the Economics Department lecture series it features, a new web resource provides opportunity to hear renowned experts in economics, finance, business and public policy. 
UCTV Prime 'Vote' Features Faculty Experts UCTV Prime, a new Youtube original channel, features analysis by Thad Kousser and commentary by Peter Gourevitch of Political Science in its “Vote” series on the 2012 election. Next up from UC San Diego Social Sciences will be Zoltan Hajnal
Economist Halbert White, 61 Hal WhiteHalbert L. White, Jr. – Chancellor’s Associates Distinguished Professor of Economics in the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego and cofounder of Bates White Economic Consulting – died March 31, 2012, following a four-year battle with cancer. 

High Honors from Chancellor's Associates Two of the 2012 Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards recipients are from Social Sciences: Alan Houston of Political Science,  for excellence in undergraduate teaching, and Laura Schreibman of Psychology,  for excellence in research in humanities and social sciences. The annual recognition ceremony will be held March 29 at Atkinson Hall.

New York Times op-ed responding to the comment made by Rick Santorum, contender for the GOP presidential nomination, that colleges indoctrinate youth to godless liberalism cited research by Amy Binder and doctoral student Kate Wood of Sociology


CBC News spoke about redundancies in everyday language – “the reason why,” “unexpected surprise,” “advance warning” and similar – with doctoral student Gabe Doyle of Linguistics


U-T San Diego published piece by Political Science doctoral student Vlad Kogan: “Statistics Point to Rise of Closet Partisans”


City Council has unanimously appointed Susan Peerson of Urban Studies to San Diego’s Planning Commission, reported La Jolla Light


National Geographic and several other outlets reported on paper challenging genopolitics findings of James Fowler and alumnus Chris Dawes of Political Science


U-T San Diego featured the views of Sam Popkin of Political Science on Super Tuesday, as well as on Romney’s “evangelical problem”


Latin American Herald Tribune ran a piece on “socially responsible actress” Yareli Arizmendi (“Like Water for Chocolate,” “A Day Without Mexicans”), who got her bachelor’s in Political Science before going on to earn a UC San Diego MFA in Theatre


Best-selling fantasy writer, Communication alumnus Raymond Feist was featured in the North County Times


NPR’s “Morning Edition” spoke with Gordon Dahl of Economics for a piece about what the IRS could learn from the Mormon practice of tithing and from adherents’ definition of “income”


TIME Magazine cover story package on “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life” included, at no. 7, a piece on high-status stress citing Mary Blair-Loy of Sociology


The Economist blog “Baobab” covered Brookings Institution presentation by Clark Gibson of Political Science on experimental work in Afghanistan and Uganda showing that smart phones can dramatically reduce electoral fraud – by having election monitors simply take digital photos of publicly posted election tallies


The Wilson Quarterly and The Daily Beast reported on research coauthored by Eli Berman of Economics showing that unemployment in conflict zones does not lead to greater levels of political violence; contrary to the principles animating the efforts of many development agencies, putting men to work does not reduce insurgency


In advance of his appearance at the March 21 San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering, James Fowler of Political Science spoke with U-T San Diego about genetic influences on voting behavior


Comment by GOP contender for the presidential nomination Rick Santorum saying rising gas prices led to the recession were tied to a paper by James Hamilton of Economics by many media outlets, including Washington PostInternational Business Times and KGTV (with the latter interviewing fellow UC San Diego economist and wife,Marjorie Flavin); numerous outlets, meanwhile, continued to seek Hamilton’s expertise for run-of-the-mill stories on gas prices, with Mother Jones referring to him as “your go-to guy for the effect of oil prices on the economy”


U-T San DiegoSam Popkin of Political Science weighed in on the Michigan, Arizona primaries


An op-ed in the Indian business newspaper Mint on reorganizing education governance cited the work of Karthik Muralidharan of Economics


After Mayor Jerry Sanders announced that he had eliminated San Diego’s structural budget deficit, KPBS “Midday Edition” and Voice of San Diego featured the skepticism of doctoral student Vlad Kogan of Political Science


Foreign Policy piece on the near-universal distrust of immigrants referred to the “Hortefeux effect” research coauthored by Claire Adida of Political Science


NPR piece on politicians making increasingly outrageous and flamboyant remarks included commentary from Thad Kousser of Political Science


Steve Erie of Urban Studies called what’s happening in Garden Grove city government “political incest” and the comment became the headline for The Los Angeles Timesstory


Washington Post “Wonkblog” post on tapping nation’s strategic reserves to lower gas prices cited James Hamilton of Economics; Huffington Post meanwhile sought Hamilton’s take on the connection between U.S. exports  of gas and cost at the pump


U-T San Diego published op-ed coauthored by Cary Lowe of Urban Studies calling for preservation of “San Diego’s back yard,” Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


The Atlantic magazine cover story on President Barack Obama quotes Sam Popkin of Political Science and cites his forthcoming book, “The Candidate: What It Takes to Win – and Hold – the White House”


Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank considered whether the GOP has a “death wish” when it comes to the growing Latino vote and quoted Zoltan Hajnal of Political Science; the column was widely reprinted around the country


USA Today and Huffington Post were two of many outlets reporting that the Occupy movement has found its way into university curricula, including a course taught by Ivan Evans of Sociology


ComputerWorld story on mobile voting quoted Clark Gibson of Political Science


Valentine’s Day piece on MSNBC pondering the future of human-robot relationships cited Ayse Saygin of Cognitive Science


Los Angeles Times story on synesthesia’s blended senses include the work of Psychology graduate student David Brang


News that Roger Levy of Linguistics is one of three new Sloan Foundation research fellows from UC San Diego was picked up by the San Diego Daily Transcript


California News Service story on the contributions of affluent Californians to PACs or Political Action Committees, appearing in the San Jose Mercury-News, among other outlets, quoted Gary Jacobson of Political Science


Imperial Beach Patch covered talk on getting kids “21st-century ready” by Education Studies alumna Shivani Burrows-Goodwill, a master Waldorf teacher and runner-up for San Diego Unified School District Teacher of the Year in 2009-10


Santa Barbara Independent piece on Random Dance Co. and its founder Wayne McGregor included discussion of collaborative work with David Kirsh of Cognitive Science to analyze the choreographic process

Life’s Little Mysteries’ piece on “why yuor barin can raed tihs” cited Marta Kutas of Cognitive Science and ran on MSNBCLiveScience and others


U-T San Diego ran feature on Political Science alumna Charlotte Huggins, who is “now one of the most prolific 3-D film producers in history”


“Does fiscal stimulus work?” asked a Chicago Tribune story and answered “no” in part based on National Bureau of Economic Research paper by Valerie Ramey of Economics


Recent Kavli Foundation conversation on human-robot interaction featuring Ayse Saygin of Cognitive Science was picked up the Jerusalem Post and AZoRobotics of Australia


Latin American energy politics was the subject of a talk by David Mares of Political Science and post by the Council on Foreign Relations blog


ScienceNOW reported on study about how the brain processes metaphors and quoted commentary by V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology


Sam Popkin of Political Science in U-T San Diego with his views on Nevada caucuses


Life’s Little Mysteries’ piece on “why yuor barin can raed tihs” cited Marta Kutas of Cognitive Science and ran on MSNBCLiveScience and others


U-T San Diego ran feature on Political Science alumna Charlotte Huggins, who is “now one of the most prolific 3-D film producers in history”


“Does fiscal stimulus work?” asked a Chicago Tribune story and answered “no” in part based on National Bureau of Economic Research paper by Valerie Ramey of Economics


Recent Kavli Foundation conversation on human-robot interaction featuring Ayse Saygin of Cognitive Science was picked up the Jerusalem Post and AZoRobotics of Australia


Latin American energy politics was the subject of a talk by David Mares of Political Science and post by the Council on Foreign Relations blog


ScienceNOW reported on study about how the brain processes metaphors and quoted commentary by V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology


Sam Popkin of Political Science in U-T San Diego with his views on Nevada caucuses


The American Prospect, in an analysis of Obama’s State of the Union speech, cited research coauthored by Sam Kernel of Political Science showing that ratings for primetime presidential addresses have fallen since the advent of cable TV


Dawn of social networks? Research coauthored by James Fowler of Political Science – analyzing the friendship ties of a hunter-gatherer group in Tanzania and concluding that social networks may have played a role in the evolution of cooperation – was  featured on the cover of the journal Nature and reported on by several news outlets, including CNNWired, the Los Angeles TimesMSNBCDiscover MagazineU-T andPsychology Today, while local weekly San Diego CityBeat ran a profile of Fowler pegged to the research news


Voice of San Diego published op-ed by Political Science doctoral student Vlad Kogan: “Convention Centers Are Not ‘Economic Engines’”


Sam Popkin of Political Science shared his views on the GOP presidential contenders and the South Carolina primary with U-T San Diego


La Jolla Light previewed Feb. 2 Bronowski Art & Science Forum appearance by David Kirsh of Cognitive Science


U-T San Diego ran (for the second time) Q&A with David FitzGerald of Sociology and Center for Comparative Immigration Studies


Washington Post reported on paper by Julian Betts of Economics and UC President Emeritus Richard Atkinson of Cognitive Science/Psychology showing that we don’t know nearly as much about charter schools as we could – and should; and U-T San Diego included the study in a piece looking at 20 years of charter schools. Betts also appeared in KPBS-TV “Evening Edition” segment (see 5:15 of video) examining Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s comments on education in his “State of the State” speech.


Scientific American Mind and Big Think reported on a study by Karen Dobkins andKatie Wagner of Psychology supporting the long-speculated hypothesis that infants have synesthesia, or blended senses


Thad Kousser of Political Science weighed in on Gov. Brown’s “State of the State” onKPBS-FM “Midday Edition”


India’s First Post and the Indian Express both cited the research of Karthik Muralidharan of Economics in their coverage of PISA, or OECD Programme for International Student Assessment, test results


Edge.org’s  annual question, posed to the world’s "most complex and sophisticated minds,” this year was: “What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation?”;Gawker’s io9 featured answer given by V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology


Washington Post "WonkBlog” on oil prices and recovery cited James Hamilton of Economics, while the Hindu Business Line cited him on the EU’s Iran embargo


Linguist Named Sloan Research Fellow Roger Levy of Linguistics, who studies the processing of natural language and directs the Computational Psycholinguistics Lab, has won a prestigious Sloan Foundation research fellowship, given to promising young scholars. 


Ethnic Studies Professor Wins ASA Election Curtis Marez of Ethnic Studies has been elected to serve as leader of the American Studies Association.
CNS Celebrates Psychology Professor Adam Aron of Psychology has won the 2012 Young Investigator Award from  the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, an honor that “recognizes outstanding contributions by scientists early in their careers.” Aron will present his research on self-control at the society’s annual meeting in April. 
Making of the Modern Human Humans dominate the planet thanks largely to our unique abilities to extract calories and protein from all kinds of animal and plant material. Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology reviews how food fueled our evolution.
Dawn of Social Networks Hunter-gathererHunter-gatherers in Tanzania provide clues about the evolution of cooperation, says a study coauthored by James Fowler of Political Science and published as Nature’s cover story.
Don't Know Much About Charter Schools Some two decades into the grand national experiment with charter schools, how much do we really know about them? Not all that much. And not nearly as much as we easily could, say researchers from the UC San Diego Division of Social Sciences. Writing in the journal ScienceJulian Betts of Economics and UC President Emeritus Richard Atkinson say the best studies reflect only the best schools and must be boosted with “value-added” approaches for all the rest.

All not Fine in 'America's Finest City' Steve Erie of Urban Studies/Political Science and doctoral student Vlad Kogan gave a talk at the Libraries about their book, coauthored with alumnus Scott MacKenzie, “Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego.” UCSD-TV was there to record.


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Reuters opinion blog post, by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, on debates about the corporate income tax rate cited research by Roger Gordon of Economics


Science 2.0 story on the popularity of trying to predict who’ll win the GOP presidential primary cited research on spoilers by Nicholas Christenfeld and graduate studentJonathan Leavitt of Psychology


Sacramento Press reported Political Science alum Terry Schanz joined the 2012 City Council race


San Jose Mercury News story on the Golden State’s graying politicians quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science


New Scientist ran video and blog post on visual illusion originally developed by Stuart Anstis of Psychology; the magazine’s “Culture Lab” blog meanwhile featured V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology on his favorite place to reflect and seek inspiration


La Jolla Patch carried obituary for Marc Swartz of Anthropology


USA Today story on rise in heart attacks during the holidays, quoting and citing research by David Phillips of Sociology, had national pick-up


LiveScience story on the possibility of ideological extremism having biological roots quoted at length Darren Schreiber of Political Science


Discussion by Steve Erie of Urban Studies/Political Science on his new book, “Paradise Plundered,” was one of Voice of San Diego’s “10 Most Popular Stories of 2011”


Boston Magazine story on over-parenting cited the “Rug Rat Race” research of Garey and Valerie Ramey of Economics


Discover Magazine named research on overconfidence, coauthored by James Fowlerof Political Science, to its “Top 100 Stories of 2011”


Shirley Strum of Anthropology was quoted in a PolitiFact piece debunking the chain joke email that refers to baboons as a “congress"


U-T San Diego ran Q&A with David FitzGerald of Sociology and Center for Comparative Immigration Studies


New York TimesZoltan Hajnal of Political Science argues in a “Campaign Stops” op-ed that changing demographics do not necessarily predict the ascendance of Democrats. Both parties, he writes, have been failing to engage America’s racial and ethnic minorities


Eli Berman of Economics and his recent book “Radical, Religious and Violent: The New Economics of Terrorism” were featured in Science


National Review piece on austerity in the U.K. mentioned U.S. research by Valerie Ramey of Economics


Nicholas Christenfeld of Psychology weighed in on a Live Science piece on the origins of saying ‘hmm’ to fill a pause


ABC News quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science on California’s first nonpartisan primary; Kousser was also quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle article on campaign financing; and on KQED on the relationship between top donors and political influence


James Hamilton of Economics suggested in the Fiscal Times that the Fed should manage inflation expectations to prevent the economic situation in the U.S. from deteriorating


Gary Jacobson of Political Science weighed in on competitiveness of congressional races in the Atlanta Journal Constitution; and the Imperial Valley Press quoted him on the correlation between finances and campaign outcomes


The Daily Beast quoted Sam Popkin of Political Science on the need for President Obama’s re-election campaign to instill greater confidence in voters


Steve Erie of Political Science was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on the difficulty independent candidates face during politically polarized times; and Voice of San Diegoquoted him on the historical tendency of San Diego mayors to be centrists


Vlad Kogan, Ph.D. candidate in Political Science, spoke with KPBS about the term-limit reform just approved by California voters

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Two Social Scientists Among 2011 AAAS Fellows

Carol Padden of Communication and Dena Plemmons of Anthropology have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nation’s largest scientific organization.


Uniquely Human

CARTAKaterina Semendeferi of Anthropology is one of the leading researchers discussing uniquely human features of the brain as part of UCSD-TV’s series on the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny, or CARTA.


Is America Exceptional?

A CNN.com op-ed by David Lake of Political Science, arguing that liberals and conservatives believe the U.S. is exceptional for very different reasons, has generated a tremendous amount of online conversation.


New York TimesGizmodo and many others ran features on a language invented for and used on HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” called Dothraki, and its creator,Linguistics alum David J. Peterson


Times & Transcript (Canada) was one of the latest outlets to consider the arguments of the American exceptionalism op-ed written by David Lake of Political Science and published by CNN.com


Miller-McCune story on creating policy to overcome political polarization quoted Gary Jacobson of Political Science


Wall Street Journal quoted James Hamilton of Economics in a story on oil prices and how the U.S. economy is no longer driving the market. The Global Economic Intersection, meanwhile, reposted Hamilton’s “Econbrowser” blog post on claims the Fed has secretly loaned trillions to banks; the post was also cited by the Denver Post and others


As a neighborhood’s ethnic diversity goes up, charitable donations go down, and the same is true, to a lesser extent, of religious diversity, reported Macleans on research coauthored by James Andreoni of Economics


BBC News ran a feature on the ongoing mirror-therapy work of Psychology’s V.S. Ramachandran, starting with treating the phantom-limb pain of amputees in the mid-’90s and now moving on to osteoarthritis


KPBS “Midday Edition” story on border arrests being at their lowest level in 40 years included as one of the featured guests David Keyes of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies


Don Bauder column in the San Diego Reader cites Steve Erie of Urban Studies and Political Science on the city’s “civic inferiority complex”; Erie was also quoted in aCincinnati Enquirer story on overtime pay to that city’s police


Imperial Valley Press quoted Roger Gordon of Economics in a story on local sales taxes revenues going up, as well as on consumer spending and the economy more generally


San Francisco Chronicle story on Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval ratings, which might be better than they look, quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science; Kousser was also quoted in a Bay Citizen


story on the Occupy movement’s entry into politics with a ballot initiative


CNN.com published op-ed by David Lake of Political Science and is generating tremendous volume of conversation, in Facebook “likes” and online commentary: “Is America Exceptional? Liberals, Conservatives Agree – and Disagree”


San Diego Jewish Journal caught up with Political Science alumnus Wayne J. Klitofsky, who was one of the journal’s “10 under 36 to watch” in 2004; he’s now the greater Los Angeles director of AIPAC, or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee


National Journal quoted James Hamilton of Economics in story on the effect of oil prices on U.S. economic recovery


The Daily Caller reported on the launch of The College Conservative, a website that aims to give conservative students nationwide “a place to get their voices heard”; the piece quotes Political Science student Gabriella Hoffman, who serves as assistant editor


San Diego U-T ran profile of Economics alumna and PETA campaigner Katie Arth


A review paper on the neural basis and possible evolutionary advantages of synesthesia by graduate student David Brang and V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology was featured in the first PLoS Biology podcast and was also covered by History.com,io9LiveScienceCosmosNational Geographic NewsDaily Mail (UK), The Scientist,Science NewsBoingBoing, among others


Psychology Today reported on research into the stereotype that men are funnier than women by alumna and current post-doc Laura Mickes


Six degrees of separation? TechNewsWorld quoted James Fowler of Political Science  on a study by Facebook and the University of Milan concluding that any two Facebook users are, on average, less than five connections away from each other


San Diego U-T story on Brian Selznick, author of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” mentioned that he spends most of the year in La Jolla, where he lives with his partner,David Serlin of Communication


“Meet the Scientist Nurtured in a Bread Warmer”: San Diego U-T profile of Marta Kutasof Cognitive Science


Los Angeles Times reported on presentation given by Laura Case of Psychology at Society for Neuroscience's annual conference suggesting that mirror therapy originally developed by UC San Diego’s V.S. Ramachandran for phantom-limb pain might be successful in reducing pain from arthritis; also reporting on the yet-to-be-published study were the Guardian (UK), TelegraphDaily Mail, among others


Last week’s NYT story on the study of gender and humor led by Laura Mickes of Psychology, with Nicholas Christenfeld, prompted additional coverage and public conversation: Round 2, this time critical-satirical, on Huffington Post, as well as round 2 on Forbes, plus pieces in ThinkProgressUnited Academics and others


The administration’s plan to hire faculty in the key research areas of biology, design and energy was outlined in the San Diego U-T and included mention of the social sciences and the arts/humanities in the design component of the vision


Associated Press story on the sale of the U-T to local developer Douglas Manchester quoted Steve Erie of Urban Studies and Political Science; the piece was used extensively by numerous outlets


New York Times ran story on research by Psychology alumna and current post-doc Laura Mickes, with Nicholas Christenfeld, showing that, contrary to gender stereotype, men may not be the much funnier sex. Sydney Morning Herald also ran a piece as did UK’s Chortle; and Salt Lake Tribune re-published LA Times editorial


Research from the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies showing that added security has not deterred those who are determined to cross the U.S.-Mexico border was cited in a Dallas Morning News editorial


Science/religion op-ed by John Evans of Sociology, originally published in the Los Angeles Times and then distributed on the McClatchy wire, inspired a Times-Colonistblog post


Washington Post blog cited James Hamilton’s “EconBrowser” entry on the outsized role in recessions and recoveries of housing and auto sales


San Diego U-T story on San Diego County looking for new ways to fund public parks quoted Steve Erie of Urban Studies & Planning and Political Science


Discover Magazine on study suggesting that finches may have their own grammatical rules included comment from Timothy Gentner of Psychology


Stuart Anstis of Psychology explained a “beating hearts” visual illusion to New Scientist blog


Political Science student Gabriella Hoffman blogged on Washington Times that “political correctness is perpetuating America’s demise”


Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Here on Earth” featured an hour-long conversation on “Confronting Female Genital Cutting” with Gerry Mackie of Political Science and Molly Melching, founding director of Tostan, an NGO Mackie has been working with for years;San Diego U-T previewed Melching’s public lecture at UC San Diego and included mention of the newly signed agreement between UNICEF and the Center on Global Justice


Daily Tech covered research coauthored by John Wixted of Psychology finding that the hippocampus may play a larger role in memory than previously thought


San Diego U-T published op-ed co-written by Cary Lowe of Urban Studies and Planning: The San Diego River: A Diamond in the Rough”


Allan Timmerman of Economics was quoted in a MarketWatch story on market volatility


Wall Street Journal “Real Time Economics” blog featured “Econbrowser” post byJames Hamilton, weighing in in favor of the government’s new mortgage refinancing program


KQED’s “MindShift” cited work by Hal Pashler of Psychology that doesn’t find evidence to support the popular notion of learning styles


National Review praised EconTalk podcast featuring Valerie Ramey of Economics on stimulus spending


La Jolla Patch ran story on Economics alumnus Charles Tabesh, vice president in charge of programming at Turner Classic Movies


“Funny Finding: Men Win Humor Test (by a Hair)” – research by Psychology alumna and current post-doc


Laura Mickes, with Nicholas Christenfeld and New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff – continued to generate coverage and conversation: Good Morning America ran a weekend edition segment; TIME ran a piece and Scientific American broadcast a “60-Second Mind” podcast; Los Angeles Times had an editorial that was also distributed on the McClatchy wire and picked up widely around the nation; UPI piece enjoyed international distribution


EconTalk podcast featured Valerie Ramey of Economics on the effect of government spending on output and employment


Written companion to Today Show story on Williams Syndrome included Ralph Greenspan of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind; CBS News also did a piece quoting Greenspan


La Mesa Patch ran “30 Under 30 County Leaders” profile of 22-year-old Political Science alumnus Victor Brown, who is working for the president of San Diego City Council


Thad Kousser of Political Science was widely quoted in stories on Gov. Brown taking on pension reform, including in the Wall Street Journal and the San Jose Mercury News


San Diego U-T story on Chaldeans in East County launching a TV station as a kind of cultural lifeline quoted Curtis Marez of Ethnic Studies


Gerry Mackie of Political Science, co-director of the Center on Global Justice, has been studying and advising the NGO Tostan since 1998. The New York Times covered Tostan’s successes and Mackie’s contribution to the effort in a front-page story on the mass abandonment of female genital cutting in Senegal. The story was reprinted in theSydney Morning Herald


Paper coauthored by Psychology alumna and current post-doc Laura Mickes, withNicholas Christenfeld and New Yorker cartoon editor, has generated tremendous media coverage and public conversation, locally, nationally and internationally:Huffington Post story and video), SlateABC NewsForbesToronto StarCBS News,The DailyNBC nationwide on local affiliates, Daily Mail, San Diego U-TGlobe and MailUPI, Gawker blog JezebelTimes of India and many others


Slate ran piece called “A Picture of Democracy” on paper coauthored by doctoral students Michael Callen of Economics and James Long of Political Science about election monitoring in Afghanistan and the potential for reducing corruption through the use of smart-phones and digital cameras


James Hamilton of Economics took part in a San Diego U-T talk about the economy


Los Angeles Times story on how Vernon’s low rents in its city-owned properties are good for its residents but bad for the city’s finances quoted Steve Erie of Political Science and Urban Studies; the story was picked up in San Jose Mercury News and Sacramento Bee


“What Disney Teaches Cities About Development” in the San Diego U-T cited Susan Peerson who’s visiting Urban Studies


Recent Grads Co-Found GiveYourGap.org

Kimberly Ang and Amber Rackliffe – 2011 graduates from the divisions of Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences, respectively – have won the Founders’ Celebration “What R U Doing?” video contest. Their piece is about an online resource Ang and Rackliffe cofounded to help young people explore opportunities for social good across the globe,GiveYourGap.org.


Funny Finding: Men Win Humor Test (by a Hair)

Men are funnier than women, but only just barely and mostly to other men. So says a study out of Psychology by alumna and post-doc Laura Mickes and professor Nicholas Christenfeld. Using a version of The New Yorkercartoon caption contest, the researchers find the gender stereotype is upheld partly by memory bias.


Los Angeles Times ran op-ed by John Evans of Sociology, “Science and Religion: A False Divide.” The piece was distributed on the wire and picked up by the Sacramento BeeKansas City Star and others – it was also fodder for bloggers


San Diego U-TKPBS and California Watch reported on a Public Policy Institute of California study, led by Julian Betts of Economics, finding a mandatory math testing program used in San Diego that gives teachers prompt feedback on individual students can bring about significant gains in student achievement


KPBS aired story on Occupy San Diego, regional cousin to Occupy Wall Street and similar protests around the country, featuring the views of Isaac Martin of Sociology


San Diego U-T ran feature on Hal White of Economics


Forbes blogger reports that tax expert Roger Gordon of Economics thinks that the $447 billion American Jobs Bill should pass


Economists who are featured in the San Diego U-T’s weekly “Econometer” Q&A, including James Hamilton, took part in a "UT Talks panel on the economic difficulties the U.S. and world currently face


CNN International story wondering “Why can't Congress just get along?” quoted Gary Jacobson of Political Science


Los Angeles Times story on the funding shortfall faced by San Diego’s new library quoted Steve Erie of Urban Studies and Political Science


San Diego U-T story on former Mayor Dick Murphy’s autobiography quoted Steve Erie too


National Review “The Corner” blog post on whether stimulus spending works cited recent research byValerie Ramey of Economics


Sara Clarke Kaplan of Ethnic Studies appeared on KPBS “Midday Edition” to discuss women’s images in the media


“A Life Less Ordinary” is a Derry Journal feature story on Sociology alumnus Jim Skelly, who is also a former associate director of IGCC under Herbert York


The Economist, reporting on Thomson Reuters’ prediction that Hal White of Economics might win a Nobel, said that he and Jerry Hausman of MIT were “a good wager”


TheAtlanticCities.com, a new urban-focused venture of The Atlantic magazine, reported that walking with headphones is not always dangerous, citing forthcoming research byEsther Walker of Cognitive Science


San Diego 6 reported that Political Science major Chelsea Bollinger is one of two locals selected for White House internships


The CEO of Voice of San Diego ran a follow-up piece on the outlet’s interview withSteve Erie of Urban Studies and Political Science, his views on San Diego’s fiscal and governance problems, and his recently published book “Paradise Plundered”


NBC San Diego reported that women were being hit hardest by federal and state budget cuts, especially education, and Julie Cullen of Economics commented


San Diego U-T story on political battles over the city’s pension system quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science


Gary Jacobson of Political Science was quoted in an extensively used McClatchy Newswire story


New Scientist short with video on a visual illusion referred to Stuart Anstis of Psychology


California Watch ran story on report, led by Hal Pashler of Psychology, saying there is little scientific evidence to support the theory of “learning styles”


Voice of San Diego ran extensive interview with Steve Erie of Urban Studies and Political Science on his new coauthored book, “Paradise Plundered,” and USA Todayre-posted the story


San Diego U-T story saying that Republican Rep. Brian Bilbray may face strong Democratic challengers quoted Gary Jacobson of Political Science


Associated Press piece – picked up in the Wall Street Journal, among others – on lower gas prices as an upside of economic worries quoted James Hamilton of Economics


MSNBC reporting on the arrest of the “Toe Suck Fairy” cited V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology on foot fetishes


Voice of San Diego story on a lawsuit challenging the maintenance assessment district in Golden Hill cited Political Science doctoral student Vlad Kogan on his views that MADs are bad policy


Big Think ran piece on recent mirroring research by Piotr Winkielman of Psychology


San Diego U-T story on the San Diego Youth Symphony’s embrace of the El Sistema method of music education, also known as the “Venezuelan miracle” and credited with fostering community harmony and improving student achievement, noted a recent partnership with UC San Diego’s Center for Human Development and the Neurosciences Institute to provide more empirical data on the program’s influence


San Diego U-T ran glowing review of “Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego,” by Steve Erie of Urban Studies/Political Science, doctoral student Vlad Kogan and alumnus Scott MacKenzie, endorsing the book as “required reading for all who love our city”; Erie and Kogan also appeared in 40-minuteKPBS “Midday Edition” segment and an NBC San Diego piece


Thomson Reuters identified Halbert White of Economics as contender for a 2011 Nobel Prize and San Diego U-T, among others, reported


KPBS “Cinema Junkie” blog spoke with Sara Clarke Kaplan of Ethnic Studies on gender images in the media, specifically about some of the nostalgic shows in the new fall TV line-up


Globe and MailMSNBC’s “Body Odd” and several others reported on Nature study coauthored by James Fowler of Political Science suggesting that evolution favors overconfidence


San Diego Reader piece on birthright citizenship cited the views of John Skrentny of Sociology and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies


The Economist and Council on Foreign Relations blog, among others, cited James Hamilton of Economics and his Econbrowser blog on “peak oil” argument of energy expert Daniel Yergin in WSJ


NBC “PropZero” blog featured “Paradise Plundered,” coauthored by Steve Erie of Urban Studies and Political Science, doctoral student Vlad Kogan and alumnus Scott MacKenzie


San Diego U-T ran feature on Nicholas Christenfeld of Psychology pegged to his recent research, with Jonathan Leavitt, on spoilers; Comic Book Resources used the study to consider “Are Spoilers Spoiling Comics?”


The Atlantic story on adapting U.S. foreign policy in a changing international system cited the network theory work of James Fowler of Political Science and his book “Connected”


Steve Erie of Urban Studies and Political Science discussed San Diego’s recent power outage on two L.A.-area NPR affiliates: KPCC and KCRW


San Diego U-T ran profile of recent Urban Studies graduate Jennifer Hazard Leonardand her environmental work


KPBS story on series of public forums on the economic, educational and infrastructure needs of greater San Diego, called Our Greater San Diego Vision sponsored by the San Diego Foundation, quoted participant and Urban Studies student Sam Lyon


North County Times story on South County Supervisor Greg Cox urging fellow supervisors to back creation of independent county redistricting panel quoted Steve Erie of Urban Studies and Political Science


National Geographic NewsDiscovery News and several others reported on the evolution of overconfidence, as modeled by James Fowler of Political Science and a colleague at the University of Edinburgh, and published by Nature


Colbert revealed “the granddaddy of all spoilers” in a five-minute The Word segment inspired by the spoiler research of Nicholas Christenfeld and Jonathan Leavitt of Psychology


San Diego Reader roundly criticized the city in a column featuring the book “Paradise Plundered,” coauthored by Steve Erie of Urban Studies and Political Science, doctoral student Vlad Kogan and alumnus Scott MacKenzie


San Diego U-T, reporting on the economic impact of the regions power outage, quotedJames Hamilton of Economics


North County Times story on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote that clears the way for a first-ever “majority minority” supervisorial district quoted Steve Erieof Urban Studies and Political Science


Political Science student Gabriella Hoffman published “Leftist Cesspool California Is Model for Obama’s America” in Communities section of Washington Times


Orange County Register ran Q&A with Anthropology alumna Stephanie Morgan, owner of Seabirds vegan food truck who participated in the Food Network’s second season of “The Great Food Truck Race”


KPBS “Midday Edition” featured interview with Thad Kousser of Political Science on California legislators trying to overhaul the initiative process


Chronicle of Higher Education article on “Academics Abroad, with Family in Tow” includes at length the experience of John Haviland of Anthropology


San Diego U-T ran item on forthcoming book “Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego,” co-written by Steve Erie of Urban Studies/Political Science, with doctoral student Vlad Kogan and alumnus Scott MacKenzie


La Jolla Light ran story on “Knowledge Exchange Corridors: The UCSD Community Stations Initiative,” spearheaded by Mike Cole of Communication (and Teddy Cruz of Visual Arts)


San Diego U-T story on local intrepid explorers included Thomas Levy of Anthropology and described his research in Jordan; Levy will be honored for his work by the international Explorers Club in October

KPBS-FM aired feature segment on research by Nicholas Christenfeld and Jonathan Leavitt of Psychology showing that spoilers don’t spoil stories and actually seem to enhance pleasure; Huffington Post ran a second item on the study too


Desert Sun story on job scarcity hindering historical Mexican-American migration to Palm Springs quoted Center for Comparative Immigration Studies founder Wayne Cornelius


Washington Post blog on what Gaddafi’s fall would mean for oil prices cited James Hamilton of Economics


Spoiler Alert! Spoiler study still garnering tremendous public interest: NPR’s “Weekend Edition” reported on the research by Nicholas Christenfeld and Jonathan Leavitt of Psychology showing that spoilers don’t spoil stories and actually seem to enhance pleasure. Also covering the study were: BBC NewsSmithsonian MagazineNational Post (Canada), TV GuideScience NewsThe Week MagazineNewserChicago Tribune and Australia’s News.com.au.


Numerous TV outlets were still picking up on the Reuters and HealthDay wire stories, as did U.S. News & World Report and the New York Post, among many others.


The popular Yahoo! News ran the Reuters piece too, along with an original post on itsOMG! site.


The UK Guardian also couldn’t seem to get enough of the findings, with three different pieces running: posts in the book blog and film blog were followed by a feature in the Saturday paper.


Like the news websites, outlets such as The Mary Sue (“a guide to girl geek culture”) and a poll on SodaHead, for example, generated considerable online discussion and ongoing spread of the story through social networks.


Canada’s top-rated network CTV aired an original video feature. The study also madeHarper’s “Weekly Review” and the popular comedy news quiz from NPR, “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”


Leslie Carver and Karen Dobkins of Psychology, coauthors on a big study led by UC Davis showing that autism risk in sibling is much higher than previously thought, were featured on the talk-show KPBS “Midday Edition” and on KPBS NewsWebMD and several others mentioned UC San Diego involvement in the study


New York Daily News “Addictions and Answers” column featured study by David Phillips of Sociology suggesting that driving with blood-alcohol levels even well below the legal limit of .08 is unsafe


Study on “mental abacus,”  coauthored by David Barner of Psychology, was featured inAmerican Scientist and New Scientist

Front page of San Diego U-T:  story on Ayse Saygin of Cognitive Science and her research into the creepy feeling people report when interacting with robots or animated characters that are too close to human


Good Morning America” segment topped worldwide interest in study by Nicholas Christenfeld and doctoral student Jonathan Leavitt of Psychology showing that “spoilers” not only don’t seem to spoil stories but may actually enhance them


Wired covered the research as did SalonHuffington PostTIMEDaily Mail and others in the UK, The Atlantic Wire, MSNBC, CBC’s “As It Happens,” which airs across Canada and also throughout the U.S. on NPR stations, North County TimesABC News and New York Press


The Los Angeles Times and CNBC, among hundreds of other print and broadcast outlets, ran the Reuters wire story on the study.


It was also internationally distributed by wire pieces out of India and Canada, ANI/Asian News International and QMI/Quebec Media Inc, with the latter appearing in the Toronto Sun and London Free Press, among others.


The story also played prominently in the blogosphere: Numerous film and media blogs, including IMDBIndependent Film Channel and FishBowlLA from mediabistro, as well as in such high-profile blogs by Gawker as the science/sci-fi io9 and women-targeted Jezebel.


U-T republished a Chicago Tribune story on high-stress motherhood citing the “Rug Rat Race” research of Valerie and Garey Ramey


New York Times ran story on the critics of the social-contagion research by James Fowler of Political Science and his Harvard colleague, quoting Fowler


Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog on London riots and the spread violence in mobs cited the research of James Fowler of Political Science showing that altruism can be contagious too

Forbes blog, LiveScience and Deccan Herald ran stories on research by Piotr Winkielman of Psychology showing that mirroring another’s body language sometimes reflects poorly on the mimic, as did MSNBC, the French Tribune, theBusiness Insider and the Daily Mail (UK)


KPBS “Midday Edition” featured James Hamilton of Economics in a discussion of the federal debt deal


BusinessWeek story on the possibility Federal Reserve policymakers may consider further stimulus measures on signs of flagging recovery cited research by James Hamilton of Economics


Washington Post ran Bloomberg video of Economics’ James Hamilton discussing the fallout from the debt fight and odds of recession rising


KPBS News story on Councilman Carl DeMaio’s outrage about labor-backed ad which suggests that signing a petition exposes you to identity theft quoted Vlad Kogan of Political Science


Toronto Star reported on research by Piotr Winkielman of Psychology showing that body-language mimicry is not uniformly beneficial to the mimic and that mirroring is more nuanced than previously thought; also covering the story were PsychCentral and the Times of India, among others


Reuters story on the “California Dream Act” signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown quotedJohn Skrentny of Sociology and the Center for Comparative Immigrations Studies


San Diego Daily Transcript covered presentation by Mark Jacobsen of Economics at quarterly Economics Roundtable critiquing fuel-efficiency regulations; his talk was titled “From SUVs to Electric Cars: Shaping Consumer Choice to Save Gasoline”


Forbes “Adventures in Health” blog considered the “July effect” research of Sociology’sDavid Phillips, which shows a spike in fatal medication errors in the month associated with the entry into hospitals of newly minted med-school grads


Boston Globe published a feature on critics’ challenges to the social-contagion work ofJames Fowler of Political Science and his Harvard colleague


Bloomberg News story, appearing in Denver Post and others, blamed debt crisis on party polarization and quoted Gary Jacobson of Political Science


WiredBoingBoingGizmagDaily Mail of UK, the Hindustan Times and several others ran stories on “uncanny valley” research by Ayse Saygin of Cognitive Science, who is also an alumna of the department, showing how the human brain reacts to movement by a humanoid robot, as opposed to the same movement by a human or a mechanical-looking robot


San Diego Union-Tribune story considering the possible local fallout from the debt-ceiling debate quoted Gary Jacobson of Political Science


New Scientist feature on the link between sounds and particular sensory perceptions cited research by V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology, with alumnus Ed Hubbard, and also the work of Benjamin Bergen of Cognitive Science


Red Orbit ran feature on “Your Brain on Androids” -- fMRI study by Ayse Saygin of Cognitive Science exploring what happens in people’s brains when viewing videos of a humanoid robot vs. a human and a robot-looking robot


San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board ran piece, based on study by David Phillips of Sociology, urging lower legal limit on blood-alcohol content: “Sober News on Drinking and Driving”; U-T also published op-ed from the American Beverage Institute taking issue with Phillips’ findings


North County Times story on the endorsement by Supervisors Bill Horn and Pam Slater-Price of a map that will reshape the county's supervisorial districts quoted Steve Erie of Political Science and Urban Studies


New York Times cited research from the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies,David FitzGerald of Sociology and Wayne Cornelius of Political Science in long feature on how changes in Mexico itself (more than economic downturn or crackdowns in U.S.) are making it more attractive for would-be immigrants to stay home


Boston Globe ran item on study by David Phillips of Sociology showing that a BAC as low as .01 is associated with more severe car accidents; the Globe also ran a letter to the editor responding to the piece from the American Beverage Institute


Associated Press story on GOP claiming victory after California state budget passed without a single Republican vote quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science; the story ran in The Californian, on KUSI and others


Slate ran piece about criticism of social-network research by James Fowler of Political Science and his Harvard collaborator


CBS News Sacramento ran story on study by David Phillips of Sociology showing that hospital deaths from medication errors spike in July


San Diego U-T story on ramp-up to 2012 San Diego mayoral race and the contenders’ search for endorsements quoted Steve Erie of Political Science


Wayne Cornelius was quoted in U-T story about “UC Cashing in with Out-of-State Tuition”


Australian science magazine Cosmos referred to starling research by Tim Gentner of Psychology in a story about the evolution of language


Associated Press story on Connecticut and 11 other states granting in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants who are working toward legal status quoted John Skrentnyof Sociology and CCIS; the story appeared on CNBC and other outlets


CNN.com published op-ed by David Lake of Political Science: “How One ‘Cookie’ Got U.S. Trapped in Middle East” 


US News & World Report ran HealthDay story on the “Buzz Kills” findings of David Phillips of Sociology – even a barely detectable blood-alcohol count of .01 seems to be associated with more severe car crashes


ABC News story on medieval dancing outbreak quoted James Fowler of Political Science and cited his social-contagion research


MedIndia story on how listening to music while jogging and biking makes you “deaf” quoted Diana Deutsch of Psychology


Contra Costa Times story on how Gov. Brown’s budget veto reaffirmed his credibility with voters quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science


St. Louis Today “Mound City Money” column on public skepticism about effectiveness of QE2 quoted James Hamilton of Economics from his appearance at a Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis conference


Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot reported on the first graduate to earn a degree in Arabic from UCSD: Marine Kevin Staight


Fortune/CNN Money ran piece by James Hamilton of Economics from his “Econbrowser” blog:  “4 Ideas to Create New Jobs”


TIMESan Diego Union TribuneABC.comWebMDKBPS “Midday Edition,” La Jolla Light (using CNS wire piece), UPI and others reported on findings by David Phillips of Sociology that “buzz kills,” that a BAC as low as the barely detectable .01 is associated with more severe car crashes; many local affiliates of national networks around the country reported on the story, too, including NBC Bay Area


When the American Beverage Institute put out a release criticizing Phillips’ findings, theSan Diego U-T ran a follow-up story; the paper’s columnist Tom Blair also made a humorous note on the surname of Phillips’ coauthor: Brewer


KPBS-TV “San Diego Week” featured Thad Kousser of Political Science in discussion of Gov. Brown and the state budget; Los Angeles Times story on the same subject also quoted Kousser and was reprinted in the Monterey County Herald and others


Wall Street Journal story on the Fed’s controversial $600 billion bond-buying program quoted James Hamilton of Economics


Sacramento Bee story on Gov. Brown’s current and historical contentious relationship with the Capitol’s state’s Dems quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science


San Diego Daily Transcript ran a feature on V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology


Long Beach Gazette story on its port’s history quoted Steve Erie of Urban Studies and Political Science


Making a Difference in the Lives of Girls and Women

NY Times Front Page

Gerry Mackie of Political Science, co-director of the Center on Global Justice, has been studying and advising the NGO Tostan since 1998. The New York Times covered Tostan’s successes and Mackie’s contribution to the effort in a front-page story on the mass abandonment of female genital cutting in Senegal.


Colbert Spoils the Nation

Inspired by research out of Social Sciences’ Psychology Department, Colbert does a five-minute segment on how Americans can break out of their national blues – and reveals the “granddaddy of all spoilers.”


Step Up in Status: Education Studies Now Department

Amanda DatnowAfter nearly 40 years as a thriving academic program, Education Studies is now officially a department in the Division of Social Sciences. Amanda Datnow is founding chair. 


Spoiler Alert: Stories Are Not Spoiled by ‘Spoilers’

An experimental study from Nicholas Christenfeld and Jonathan Leavitt of Psychology finds that, contrary to popular wisdom, people actually prefer reading a story whose ending they know in advance. And that holds true even if the story is a mystery or an ironic-twist story.


‘Mirroring’ Might Reflect Badly on You

AndroidIt is not always smart to mimic a person’s body language, shows a study led by Piotr Winkielman of Psychology. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but clueless copycatting comes at a cost.


Your Brain on Androids

Ever get creeped out by a humanoid robot? Or an animated character that’s almost human but not quite? To see what’s going on, Ayse Saygin of Cognitive Science has taken an fMRI peek inside the brains of people viewing videos of an uncanny android, compared to videos of a human and a robot-looking robot.


Alumnus Makes $1 Million Gift to Create Fellowship

The Kroner Family Endowed Fellowship in Social Sciences will help the division remain competitive in recruiting graduate students of the highest caliber. 


Buzz Kills

No amount of alcohol is safe for driving, finds a study led by David Phillips of Sociology. Blood-alcohol levels well below the U.S. legal limit are associated with incapacitating injury and death.


Sacramento Bee column written by Stuart Leavenworth, the paper’s editorial page editor, on water feuds in San Diego cited research by Steve Erie of Political Science


Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters, writing about the newly drawn Congressional districts, referred to research by Political Science doctoral student Vlad Kogan; the piece also appeared in the San Luis Obispo Tribune


North County Times story on redrawn districts, Congressman Brian Bilbray and his campaign war chest for 2012 quoted Gary Jacobson of Political Science


LiveScience.com story wondering whether an NFL lockout start a crime wave referenced research by Gordon Dahl of Economics


The new superintendent in Lakeside, Brian Bristol, is an alumnus of Education Studies, reports the San Diego U-T; he has a doctorate in educational leadership


San Diego U-T ran a list from James Fowler of Political Science of “20 things that he's done over the years, moments that give us a better sense of the person”


Reuters ran story on Public Policy Institute of California report recommending that the state rely more on sales taxes and quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science; wire story appeared in numerous outlets


Baltimore Sun story saying that neither party’s proposals address the $1 trillion in unnecessary annual spending on health care quoted Rick Kronick, adjunct in Political Science


Associated Press reported on Political Equator 3 conference and border crossing, quoting co-organizer Oscar Romo of Urban Studies; the story appeared in theWashington Post and other prominent outlets


KUSI story reporting that private sector is recovering at the expense of the public sector quoted James Hamilton of Economics


Grist reported on startling finding by  Mark Jacobsen of Economics that different fuel-efficiency standards for cars vs. SUVs/trucks are increasing highway fatalities  (by increasing size disparities in vehicles)


USA Today story on Max Planck Institute findings that human ancestors were “mama’s boys,” with the females moving out of their birth communities and the males staying put, quoted Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology. Agence France Press story, appearing in Yahoo News, FOX and elsewhere, did too, as did Discovery News andScience News.


San Diego U-T reported on the launch of a still unnamed UCSD program, a joint effort of the UCSD Center for Community Well-Being and the San Diego Workforce Partnership, to offer classes to schoolchildren in Southeastern San Diego


Associated Press story on gas prices draining family budgets, quoting James Hamilton of Economics, appeared in many outlets around the country


San Diego.com quoted Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology in story about the controversy over the ancient skeletons found in 1976 at University House


KUSI story on the battle over the U.S. debt ceiling featured explanations by James Hamilton of Economics


The Atlantic ran a feature on U.S. intelligence agency building a “Metaphor Program” in an attempt to understand how people’s language reveals their mindset, quotingBenjamin Bergen of Cognitive Science, who is one of a dozen lead researchers expected to apply for a grant potentially worth tens of millions


Wired reported on scientists, led by Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology, fighting the University of California for the right to study ancient skeletons found on the grounds of UCSD’s University House; the story follows up on a letter published in Science


Daily Mail (UK) story on research finding that people who check into hospitals on the weekend are more likely to die than those checked in during the week mentioned the “July spike” findings of Sociology’s David Phillips


Los Angeles Times story reporting on admission by government official of predecessor’s misconduct in Japanese-American internment cases during WWII cited the research of Peter Irons of Political Science


An independent audit of Compton questions whether the city can remain solvent; Los Angeles Times story on this, and on council-approved layoffs, quoted Steve Erie of Political Science


Huffington Post asked whether there’s an “affair epidemic” among the country’s rich and famous and cited the “contagious divorce” work of James Fowler of Political Science


UK Guardian story on China’s use of prisoners in lucrative internet gaming quoted Jin Ge of Communication, who has been studying the “gold farming” phenomenon


Fortune/CNN Money published opinion piece by James Hamilton of Economics: “Next Up on the Bailout List: The Mailman?”


John Skrentny of Sociology and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies published opinion in the The Hill’s “Congress Blog”:  “Immigration Reform: From Distrust to Direction”


El Cerrito Patch reported on Valerie Ramey of Economics’ analysis, sparked by controversy around the claims made by “Tiger Mother” Amy Chua, showing that Asian students study more than twice as much as others


A Q&A with author of the book “Why Arnold Matters: The Rise of a Cultural Icon” appearing in CNN’s “In the Arena” blog cited Thad Kousser of Political Science in a question


NBC San Diego story on Calif. Gov. Brown getting closer to balancing the budget quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science


San Diego U-T, in ongoing reporting on terrorism threat in wake of Bin Laden’s death, quoted Eli Berman of Economics and IGCC


U-T previewed Autism Update community conference, presented by International Meeting for Autism Research at UCSD, geared toward the public and featuring several Social Sciences faculty; reporter also attended and reported on some of the presented research


Orange County Register story on President Obama’s attempt to woo Hispanic voters quoted Marisa Abrajano of Political Science


U-T story on the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, charged with redrawing state political boundaries, quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science


San Diego U-T published two opinion pieces by Social Sciences faculty members in the aftermath of Osama Bin Laden’s death:
Counterterrorism: The Task Remaining” by David Lake of Political Science
Bin Laden: Fugitive and Failure” by Eli Berman of Economics


CNN.com published op-ed by James Hamilton of Economics: “Will Gas Prices Trigger Another Recession?”


Eli Berman of Economics commented to UK GuardianSan Diego U-T and KPBS about Bin Laden’s death and the possible consequences for Al Qaeda and counterterrorism efforts


Scientific American story considering how obesity spreads in social networks – the transmission of norms or another mechanism – cited the 2007 research of James Fowler of Political Science and quoted him


Los Angeles Times covering annual convention of California Democrats and looking ahead to 2012 quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science

San Diego Daily Transcript previewed a May 5 and 6 conference on legal pluralism co-hosted by CILAS, the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies


NPR report advising we get used to $4/gallon gas prices, in part because of rising demand from China, quoted James Hamilton of Economics


Bloomberg story considering the effect of rising gas prices on President Obama’s popularity (and whether there are echoes of Carter’s experience) quoted James Hamilton of Economics; the piece appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and other outlets


Reuters story on California pension battles quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science; the story was carried by CNBC and others


Close Up: Economist James Hamilton

The oil-markets expert tells UCSD News he expects to see a decrease in gas prices in the coming months. But over the long run, prices will remain high.


Distinctive Dozen

Twelve of this year’s Hellman Fellows are from the Social Sciences. The program provides financial support and encouragement to young faculty striving for tenure who show capacity for great distinction in their research.


Valerie RameyIs There a 'Tiger Mother' Effect?

Valerie Ramey of Economics analyzed data in the American Time Use Survey and discovered that Asian high school and college students out-study all other groups. But their mothers spend only about a half hour a week more in educational activities with their children.


Wall Street Journal story on “Our Social Networks, Ourselves” cited the research ofJames Fowler of Political Science


Washington Post blog post wondering why gas prices are rising and whether voters care quoted James Hamilton of Economics


San Diego U-T published op-ed by Political Science doctoral student Vlad Kogan on the City’s pension crisis. Kogan is a coauthor with Steve Erie of the book “Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego,” forthcoming from Stanford UP. Voice of San Diego published a piece by Kogan on the County’s fiscal policies and core public services.


Wall Street Journal story reporting that U.S. drivers are starting to ease up on the gas pedal as gas prices continue to rise (but that that might not make much of a difference to global economy as industrializing nations play an ever-bigger role) quoted James Hamilton of Economics


V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology was named by TIME Magazine to its TIME 100 list for 2011; San Diego U-T reported on the honor


Los Angeles Times story saying Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are now crucial to presidential campaigns quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science


TIME.com’s “Healthland” blog post on why looking at overweight people makes one eat more not less cited the social-contagion research of James Fowler of Political Science


Los Angeles Times story on the California controller ordering an audit of Montebello finances quoted Steve Erie of Political Science


New Yorker story on rising gas prices and the threat to consumer confidence and double-dip recession cited James Hamilton of Economics


Bloomberg story on the compromise budget President Obama struck with Congress quoted Gary Jacobson of Political Science. A separate USA Today story on the budget also quoted Jacobson.


TIME “Healthland” blog post on study about the differences between liberal and conservative brains also mentioned work by James Fowler of Political Science on the “liberal gene”


San Diego U-T story on the U.S.-Mexico border as the main battleground in the drug war quoted David Mares of Political Science


Seattle Times article on the latest OECD estimates showing that Americans pay much less in taxes than other developed nations (though more in income tax) quoted Valerie Ramey of Economics


One of World's 'Most Influential' Rama

V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology has been named to the TIME 100 list, an annual compilation of the people TIME Magazine considers to be the world's most influential. Others on the 2011 list include President Barack Obama, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and rock legend Patti Smith.


ABCNews.com reporting that rising oil prices are beginning to hurt the economy quotedJames Hamilton of Economics; similar Financial Times story also quoted Hamilton. As did the Wall Street Journal and an Associated Press story, which appeared onNPR.com among other outlets


KPBS “These Days” featured V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology in segment on the neuroscientist and his new book, “The Tell-Tale Brain”


Xconomy San Diego post on the role of social media in the Middle East’s revolutions cited James Fowler of Political Science and included link to his CNN op-ed and to upcoming talk on the uses of social network analysis to predict epidemic outbreaks


San Diego U-T story on Japan’s nuclear crisis fanning primal fears here in San Diego quoted Nicholas Christenfeld of Psychology


San Diego U-T: Roger Showley is covering the “Advanced Topics in Urban Politics" class led by Steve Erie of Political Science and Urban Studies and Planning; in the first installment, he solicited readers’ ideas on what problems the students should tackle


Wall Street Journal opinion on oil prices and the threat they pose (or don’t) to the economic recovery cited James Hamilton of Economics


ABCNews.com analysis of why Elizabeth Taylor was called “the most beautiful woman in the world” quoted Stephen Link of Psychology


San Diego.com previewed Japan tsunami discussion at Museum of Man that featured, among others, Joseph Hankins of Anthropology


Los Angeles Times story on “legislative assault” against illegal immigration quoted at length Wayne Cornelius of Political Science and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies


NBC Los Angeles “Prop Zero” blog on California’s budget impasse quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science


San Diego U-T previewed the start of the New Frontiers in Global Justice conference featuring Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and the launch of the new UCSD Center on Global Justice, in the Division of Social Sciences, quoting founding co-directors Fonna Forman-Barzilai and Gerry Mackie of Political Science. U-T also solicited the opinion of former President Clinton on Sen and conference, in its story about the concurrent Clinton Global Initiative University on campus, and, separately, reported on Sen’s lecture.


Boston Globe, in a feature about work-life balance and the guilt mothers feel, quoted at length Mary Blair-Loy of Sociology, director of the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions


Xconomy San Diego ran an in-depth Q&A with James Fowler of Political Science on his work at “the intersection of the natural and social sciences”


Mercury News ran Santa Cruz Sentinel story on Central Coast lawmaker Sam Blakeslee, one of five Republicans in budget talks with Calif. Gov. Brown , quoting Thad Kousser of Political Science


Wall Street Journal reported on research identifying the three biggest “ballhogs” and “overshooters” in the NBA by graduate student Matt Goldman of Economics


Los Angeles Times story reporting on state Republican leaders attempting to hold onto their clout despite the “top-two” open primary system passed by voters last year quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science


The Smart Set asked if “neuroscience can explain art?” in its review of latest book byV.S. Ramachandran of Psychology, “The Tell-Tale Brain”



San Diego U-T ran feature on alumna Kathryn Herrera and her Higher Learning Navigator, a program at the International Rescue Committee that tutors and mentors incoming and current refugee college students. IICAS and the Human Rights Minor Program awarded Herrera the 2010 Marlene King Human Rights Fellowship when she was an International Studies/Political Science undergraduate to help with the program


Economist James Hamilton’s “Econbrowser” was among TIME magazine’s “25 Best Financial Blogs”


San Diego U-T reported on the 21st annual Urban Studies EXPO, which featured the senior research projects of 93 students. The projects, the story said, “questioned the efficacy of smart-growth planning, historic designation as an economic-improvement tool and many other assumptions.” The U-T also covered the EXPO address given by former San Diego City Manager Jack McGrory


La Jolla Light ran preview of Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen’s March 31 lecture at UCSD on “Justice: Local and Global,” co-sponsored by the division and the new Center on Global Justice


Forbes’ “Invested Interest” blog cited James Hamilton of Economics and his “Econbrowser” blog in a post on oil prices


TIME’s “Curious Capitalist” blog wondering if the gas price spike is a long-term job killer cited research by Valerie Ramey of Economics


Sydney Morning Herald ran feature on research by James Fowler of Political Science showing possible genetic factors in friendship

Washington Post story on census data showing change in California demographics quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science. FoxNews.com repurposed Kousser’s quote in story saying the state is “losing its political punch”


San Diego U-T census story on the previous decade being the county’s slowest in population growth despite gains among Hispanics and Asians quoted Marisa Abrajano of Political Science


San Diego U-T piece questioning the Building Industry Association’s leadership role in Oceanside housing panel quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science


San Diego U-T ran its regular “EconoMeter” column which features answers to a single question from eight local experts, including James Hamilton of Economics. This week’s question: “Does the potential shutdown of the federal government have an impact on the economy and consumer confidence?”


Arizona Republic story, considering whether rising gas prices pose a threat to the recovering economy, cited the research of James Hamilton of Economics


North County Times piece on the announcement by County DA Bonnie Dumanis that she’ll run for San Diego mayor in 2012 quoted Gary Jacobson of Political Science


NBC San Diego story on the California budget, Gov. Brown and the blown deadline quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science


New Center on Global Justice Seeks to Take a Practical Path 

The center, co-directed by Fonna Forman and Gerry Mackie of Political Science, will connect moral theory and social science to real human problems.


Crime and Football

Domestic violence rises 10 percent after NFL upsets, reports Gordon Dahl of Economics. The study, published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, suggests unexpected disappointment may underlie loss of control and violent behavior.


Faculty Excellence

Gail Heyman of Psychology is being honored for undergraduate teaching at the 2011 Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards.


Los Angeles Times story on the restoration plans for Shanghai’s Holy Trinity church quoted Richard Madsen of Sociology


The Economist cited research by James Hamilton of Economics in its analysis of connections between the unrest in the Arab world, oil markets and recession


Many outlets ran stories on rising price of oil and the threat that might pose to economic recovery in the U.S. and elsewhere quoting James Hamilton of Economics, including the Wall Street JournalThe Weekly StandardThe Globe and Mail and San Diego U-T


ScienceNews story, appearing in U.S. News & World Report, on how brains guesstimate quoted Ed Vul of Psychology


USA Today story on National Journal report finding that Congress is the most polarized since 1982 quoted Gary Jacobson of Political Science


Cristin McVey of Sociology was quoted in a San Diego U-T story about the history project currently underway at the San Diego History Center: identifying photographs of the region’s African American community taken by Norman Baynard


KUSI covered the tracking-trash-with-trash project in the Tijuana River watershed by Urban Studies’ Oscar Romo


San Francisco Chronicle story on the naming of John Williams as the CEO of the SF Federal Reserve quoted James Hamilton of Economics

New York Review of Books featured “The Tell-Tale Brain” by V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology


CNNMoney/Fortune ran piece written by James Hamilton of Economics, “How the Fed Prints Money Without Any Ink”


NPR story on “quiet people,” pegged to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s five-year silence on the bench, cited the research of and quoted Nicholas Christenfeldof Psychology


Scientific American ran guest blog on “The Great Debate: What Is Life?”  panel at Arizona State University, including mention of Roger Bingham, director of The Science Network and an affiliate of Psychology


FOXBusiness.com story on whether the Federal Reserve is caving to political pressure against further monetary easing quoted James Hamilton of Economics

San Diego U-T story on Vista Republican. Rep. Darrell Issa’s power as the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee quoted Gary Jacobson of Political Science


North County Times story suggesting that California budget cuts are based on “Sacramento math,” which is “foreign to the typical family and most local governments” quoted Ross Starr of Economics


MSNBC.com and others ran TechNewsDaily story on RUBI Project: “Future of Education? Droids Teaching Toddlers”


Reuters story picked up by numerous outlets saying that oil spike of 2008 will not repeat with Libya unrest and will not halt U.S. economic recovery quoted James Hamilton of Economics


Wall Street Journal story worrying about the prospect of double-dip recession as a result of rising oil prices quoted James Hamilton of Economics; a similar story on NPRalso quoted Hamilton


The Hill story on Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) leading the charge against the Republican platform in her new role as minority leader quoted Gary Jacobson of Political Science


San Diego U-T ran front-page feature in its Sunday paper on innovative project byOscar Romo and student, intern Jennifer Leonard of Urban Studies to track cross-border trash in the Tijuana River watershed


NPR’s “Fresh Air” aired segment with V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology on his new book, “The Tell-Tale Brain”


Psychology Today blog post by Mike Alvarez of Caltech featured Q&A with James Fowler of Political Science on his research into genes and friendship networks


Inside Higher Ed published opinion piece coauthored by Vicki Park of Education Studies, a member of the Pathways to Postsecondary Success project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, asking “Where Are the Student Voices?” in the debate about increasing graduation rates


Los Angeles Times “Chatter” blog on Sheril Kirshenbaum’s “Science of Kissing” cited theories of V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology


Cincinnati Enquirer story on city being set to pay out $93 million to retirees for unused holiday, vacation and sick days quoted Steve Erie of Urban Studies


Huffington Post asked its readers to tweet their favorite acts of random kindness on Feb. 17, the unofficial celebration of same, and the prefatory story cited the “pay-it-forward” research of James Fowler of Political Science


Orange County Weekly blog ran Q&A with Alan Houston of Political Science on Benjamin Franklin, in connection with the exhibition of the man’s life at the Bowers Museum


Wall Street Journal story on the search for alcoholism genes mentioned research byJames Fowler of Political Science


Chronicle of Higher Education ran a “My Daily Read” Q&A with Donald Norman, emeritus of Cognitive Science and Psychology


San Diego Daily Transcript ran preview piece on lecture by Kwai Ng of Sociology at California Western School of Law on “The Globalizers in the Common Law World”


NBC’s Today show ran segment with author Sheril Kirshenbaum on the “science of kissing,” citing research by V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology


Bloomberg BusinessWeek story on innovator Alberto Cavallo and his Billion Prices Project quoted James Hamilton of Economics


San Diego U-T ran item previewing global justice talk by Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen March 31, co-sponsored by Social Sciences


NPR’s “All Things Considered” ran story on PNAS study, by James Fowler of Political Science, finding that genes play a role in selecting friends


UK Guardian profiled V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology, “Marco Polo of neuroscience,” in light of his new book, “The Telltale Brain”


Fortune/CNN.com ran “Econbrowser” blog post by James Hamilton of Economics on geopolitical unrest and the impact on world oil markets; CBS Moneywatch blogger cited the post too


FOX News story on security concerns about Suez Canal shipping route, amid growing unrest in Egypt, quoted James Hamilton of Economics


Wall Street Journal “Real Time Economics” blog on what surging commodity prices will do the modest U.S. recovery quoted James Hamilton of Economics


Bennetta Jules-Rosette of Sociology was a signatory to an open letter published inForeign Policy on Ivory Coast’s “war against civilians”


McClatchy story on final finance statements filed by California gubernatorial candidates, quoting Thad Kousser of Political Science, appeared in the Miami Herald and Kansas City Star, among other papers


Several pieces on California Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science: Sacramento BeeOrange County Register and Christian Science Monitor


Nature News story on biggest challenges for social science, as conceived in parallel efforts at NSF and Harvard, included mention of James Fowler of Political Science


New York Times ran a book review of “The Telltale Brain”  by V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology


San Francisco Chronicle story on pronouncement that GOP brand is dead in “deep-blue” California quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science


New York Times story on lawmakers turning their attentions to the effects that iPods and cell phones have on pedestrian safety quoted Hal Pashler of Psychology


Sacramento Bee analysis that Meg Whitman has herself to blame for Calif. gubernatorial race (and not the state’s Democrat leanings) quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science


Nature News story on cognitive science findings about the role of longer words in languages quoted Roger Levy of Linguistics


Bay Area NPR affiliate KQED quoted James Hamilton of Economics in a story about California Governor Brown being locked in a fight with cities over redevelopment funds


New Hampshire Public Radio “Word of Mouth” ran a segment on research co-led byDean Jeff Elman, about babies processing language sooner and in a more “grown-up” way than previously thought


James Fowler of Political Science published a study in PNAS – finding that there are genetic similarities and compatibilities between friends, as well as suggesting that your genes may help you choose your friends – and the paper received major worldwide coverage, including: ABC.comCNNMSNBCScientific AmericanTIME MagazineUSA Today, HealthDay (appearing in BusinessWeek and others), Nature,Sydney Morning HeraldFOXKPBS.


UK Telegraph ran piece by V.S .Ramachandran of Psychology on “intriguing case studies that are revealing the powerful, adaptive potential of the human brain”


Ethnic Studies student Jorge Narvaez and his 6-year-old daughter, who have become YouTube sensations, continued to garner media interest: U-T twice and NBC San Diego


Bloomberg cited James Hamilton of Economics in reporting that rising gasoline prices threaten U.S. consumer optimism about the economy in general


Wall Street Journal “Real Time Economics” blog on the Fed’s bond-buying quotedJames Hamilton of Economics


San Diego U-T story on visit by Arizona’s Sherriff Arpaio quoted Thad Kousser of Political Science


Education Studies, ‘Champion of Diversity’

The Education Studies program was honored at the 16th Annual Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards for commitment to diversity – in service learning, community outreach and recruitment.


Babies Process Language in a Grown-Up Way

Estimated brain activity in four infants

Babies, even those too young to talk, can understand many of the words that adults are saying – and their brains process them in a grown-up way – finds research co-led by Dean Jeff Elman.

2010

SIDS Spikes on New Year's Day 

Not a happy holiday thought, but an important one: The number of babies who die of sudden infant death syndrome surges by 33 percent on New Year’s. UC San Diego study suspects alcohol consumption by caretakers may be at fault.


Arsenic Toxic to Bangladesh Economy

An international research team led by Richard Carson of Economics is the first to report on dramatic and immediate economic effects of “mass poisoning” in Bangladesh: Arsenic-polluted drinking water is reducing labor supply by 8 percent.


levy Levy in the Levant  

A new television documentary called “Quest for Solomon’s Mines,” by National Geographic/NOVA, features research by Anthropology professor Tom Levy, showing that extensive copper production took place in Jordan during what is believed to be the Biblical era of David and Solomon. Watch the full episode. See more NOVA.

Ethnic Studies Alumna Leads Innovative School

EnCompass Academy in east Oakland, Calif., is an innovative public school that serves predominately low-income and minority students. Its founding principal is Minh-Tram Nguyen, a 1996 graduate.


Researchers Find a 'Liberal Gene'

Liberals may owe their political outlook partly to their genetic make-up, according to research by James Fowler of Political Science. Ideology is affected not just by social factors, but also by a dopamine receptor gene called DRD4.


A MacArthur for Padden

Carol Padden — professor of Communication, associate dean of Social Sciences and an alumna of Linguistics — has won a "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation for her work on sign languages. The prestigious award comes with $500,000, no strings attached.


 
Sustainable Connections

Keith Pezzoli, of Urban Studies and Planning, created the non-profit Global ARC to connect educators, researchers and community organizers who are working to develop community-based solutions concerning water, food and energy sustainability.


UCSD@50 Features CCWB
The Center for Community Wellbeing, a university-community collaborative project that involves numerous faculty and students from the Social Sciences, leads a yearlong, 50th-anniversary series from UCSD-TV; segment available online now.
The Friendly Way to Catch the Flu
The "friendship paradox," a basic feature of social networks, may help public health officials to detect epidemics earlier and respond sooner, according to research coauthored by James Fowler of Political Science.
New Docs Linked to Death Spike in July
Study by David Phillips of Sociology suggests inexperienced medical staff make fatal medication errors.
California in Crisis
UCSD Social Sciences professors Marisa Abrajano, Thad Kousser, Isaac Martin and Bud Mehan discussed the California budget crisis, its effect on the state and possible solutions for recovery on May 25, 2010, at the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. The discussion was moderated by Dean Jeff Elman. You can view the UCSD-TV video.
Faculty Excellence
Keith Rayner of Psychology has won a Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award in the humanities and social sciences research category. You can view video about Rayner's research.
California's Education Crisis
The California budget and several other factors have combined to put the Golden State.s once-shining public education system into one of its deepest crises. Division faculty are responding with an innovative, team-taught course, offered through Ethnic Studies and open to the public.
Caught Up in the 'Rug Rat Race'
College-educated mothers in the United States have dramatically increased the time they spend on childcare, especially on "chauffeuring" to organized activities — in the hopes of getting their kids into elite colleges, say Garey and Valerie Ramey of Economics.
One Good Deed Begets Another and Another and Another...
Cooperation cascades through a social network, according to the first experimental findings on the contagion of cooperative behavior, by James Fowler of Political Science.
You'll Shun the New If You're Feeling Blue
A negative mood imparts a warm glow to the familiar, while happiness makes novelty attractive, according to work by Piotr Winkielman of Psychology.
School Improvement Study Funded
Alan J. Daly of Education Studies has won a William T. Grant Foundation grant for a study of how schools use research evidence in the service of school improvement.
Calling on Colbert
James Fowler of Political Science appeared on The Colbert Report to discuss his bookConnected: The Surprising Power of Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives. 
Watching the Border
CCIS Director Emeritus Wayne Cornelius was featured in a 60 Minutes story on the "virtual fence" at the U.S-Mexico border.
Book Award
Globalizing L.A. by Urban Studies Director Steve Erie has won a book award from the honorary land economics society.

2009

The Measure of Woman?
Psychology researchers discover new "golden ratios" for female facial beauty.


Stimulus Grant

Nearly $9 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will help Terry Jernigan, of Cognitive Science and the Center for Human Development, and colleagues search for links between genetic variation and developing brains.


Houston to Head ERC
Alan Houston, of Political Science, has been named provost of UCSD's Eleanor Roosevelt College.


Chichen Itza in 3-D
Anthropology Department faculty and a graduate student are using a free Google download to model the ancient Maya city.


Lies My Parents Told Me
Parents say that honesty is the best policy, but they regularly lie to their children to influence their behavior and emotions, according to Gail Heyman of Psychology.


'Apples-to-Apples' Analysis of Arab Development Yields Fresh View
The Arab world is not the socioeconomic basket case that conventional wisdom holds, says James Rauch of Economics.


Believing Is Seeing
Psychology professor Piotr Winkielman and colleagues in New Zealand and France show that our initial interpretations of other people.s ambiguous facial expressions bias subsequent memory and perception.


HUD Highlight
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recognized the innovative efforts of social sciences students, Communication Professor Mike Cole and many others at an affordable housing project in southeast San Diego in a national webcast.


Obituary: Nobel Prize Winner Granger
One of the globe's leading economists, Nobel Prize-winning econometrician Clive Granger died May 27.


Key to Perfect Pitch
A rare musical skill is more common among fluent speakers of such tonal languages as Mandarin and Vietnamese, says Diana Deutsch of Psychology.


Humboldt Honor
Psychology professor Keith Rayner has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious international Humboldt Research Award.


Franklin Find
Alan Houston of Political Science has discovered a trove of letters by, to and about Benjamin Franklin. The correspondence, copied by one Thomas Birch, was "hiding" in the British Library amid Birch's voluminous papers.


Grades Trump Admission Tests
Richard Atkinson, UC president emeritus and emeritus professor of psychology, argues that the SATs are still poor predictors of college readiness.


Hail Fellow
Hugh "Bud" Mehan is an inaugural American Educational Research Association Fellow.


And the Faught Goes to...
Shelley Marquez of the CRL, INC and KIBM has been named the recipient of an award recognizing "excellence and outstanding achievement in the management of general campus academic units."


Bright Ideas
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on the research of 54 Urban Studies and Planning students.


Faculty Excellence
Yen Espiritu of Ethnic Studies and Gerry Mackie of Political Science are honored with 2009 Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Awards.


Choreography and Cognition
Innovative dance company benefits from interdisciplinary study with Cognitive Science.


Economic Stimulus
Economist Valerie Ramey shows spending more valuable than tax cuts to stimulating the economy.


The Genes in Your Congeniality
Researchers identify genetic influence in social networks.

2008

Gates Funds Education Research

Amanda Datnow of Education Studies will co-direct a five-year study, funded by the Gates Foundation, aimed at discovering how to improve access to college and the job market for low-income youth.


Spreading the Joy Around

James Fowler of Political Science and a Harvard colleague document the contagious power of happiness in social networks.

The Smart Way to Study

Psychology professors Hal Pashler and John Wixted report on how to improve long-term learning.

Engle Chair in Econometrics

Honoring Professor Emeritus and 2003 Nobel Laureate Robert Engle, the university has created the first named endowed chair in economics.


King Solomon's (Copper) Mines?

Did the Bible's King David and his son Solomon control the copper industry in present-day southern Jordan? Though that remains an open question, the possibility is raised once again by the recently published research of archaeologist Tom Levy.


Computer and Social Scientists

Mathew McCubbins, of Political Science, is founder of a popular Calit2 lecture series that aims to bridge the gap between computer and social scientists. Next to speak is James Fowler.

UCSD Political Scientists on Election '08- Beginning Oct. 20 and up through Election Day, UCSD-TV will be airing discussions by faculty, in two different programs, about issues in the presidential race. Click here and here for schedules.


Nation's Financial Crisis

Experts from the division and the Rady School assessed the U.S. economy and the nation.s current financial crisis in a special presentation on Oct. 3. If you weren't among the 600 who attended, you can read what they had to say or watch an online video.


UC San Diego has one of the nation's most highly regarded departments of political science

The faculty includes top experts in the field including many scholars who study elections and politics. Click here for a list of faculty authorities on the 2008 elections.


Unconvinced by Economic Growth? Blame the Deflator

Economic growth doubled in the second quarter, but in case it doesn't feel like the economy is expanding robustly, blame the deflator.

The Challenges Facing Mainland China

As the futurologists ply their discredited trade and write books on a resurgent communist China, there have remained some skeptics who have interesting and pointed remarks to make on the emperor's new attire. Susan Shirk, a UCSD political scientist, is one of them and her book "China: Fragile Superpower" is a welcome corrective to much nonsense.


Alcohol Fuels Spike in Deaths

The number of Americans who died at home after ingesting toxic combinations of prescription medications, alcohol and street drugs such as marijuana exploded by more than 3,000 percent during the past two decades, as shown by new research led by a David P. Phillips, professor of Sociology at UCSD.


East Does Not Meet West on China's Self-Image

Chinese people are overwhelmingly satisfied with the direction of their country, a Pew Centre survey published yesterday shows.


Another Peek Inside the Brain of the Electorate

How much has the American voter changed over the past 50 years? According to a group of academics who has spent a year studying this very question, the voter is pretty much the same dismally ill-informed creature he was back then.


Fire Plan Dividing Jacob, Roberts

A plan to radically change how wildfires are fought in San Diego County has pitted one supervisor against the other.


Two of Seven

Two social scientists, Roger Gordon of Economics and Thomas Levy of Anthropology, are among seven faculty members from UCSD to be named fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.


Tops in Teaching

Professor Emeritus David Jordan, Anthropology, has been named a top recipient in the UCSD Alumni Association’s 30th Annual Awards for Excellence, to be held June 7.

2007

“Meet the Scientist Nurtured in a Bread Warmer”: San Diego U-T profile of Marta Kutasof Cognitive Science

Los Angeles Times reported on presentation given by Laura Case of Psychology at Society for Neuroscience's annual conference suggesting that mirror therapy originally developed by UC San Diego’s V.S. Ramachandran for phantom-limb pain might be successful in reducing pain from arthritis; also reporting on the yet-to-be-published study were the Guardian (UK), TelegraphDaily Mail, among others

Last week’s NYT story on the study of gender and humor led by Laura Mickes of Psychology, with Nicholas Christenfeld, prompted additional coverage and public conversation: Round 2, this time critical-satirical, on Huffington Post, as well as round 2 on Forbes, plus pieces in ThinkProgressUnited Academics and others

The administration’s plan to hire faculty in the key research areas of biology, design and energy was outlined in the San Diego U-T and included mention of the social sciences and the arts/humanities in the design component of the vision

Associated Press story on the sale of the U-T to local developer Douglas Manchester quoted Steve Erie of Urban Studies and Political Science; the piece was used extensively by numerous outlets

2006

2006 News Archive

neuronGroups and Grumps: Study Identifies ‘Sociality’ Neurons
A UC San Diego study has for the first time identified brain cells that influence whether birds of a feather will, or will not, flock together.


Beauty and the Brain

The phrase “easy on the eyes” may hit closer to the mark than we suspect.


JeffElmanUCSD Cognitive Scientist Wins $100k Rumelhart Prize

Psycholinguistics and artificial neural networks pioneer Jeff Elman has been named the seventh recipient of the David E. Rumelhart Prize.


$2.2 Million for Latin American Studies

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $2.2 million research grant to UCSD’s Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies and its counterpart at SDSU.


Resting

Backs to the Future: Aymara Language and Gesture Point to Mirror-Image View of Time
Tell an old Aymara speaker to “face the past!” and you just might get a blank stare in return — because he or she already does.


Sectarianism Is Problem for Religious Right Political Partnerships

Members of groups that comprise the “religious right” exhibit negative attitudes toward other religious groups on the right, making the building of political coalitions more difficult, according to first national survey of “sectarianism.”


UCSD Receives Largest Social Sciences Gift from an Alumnus

Jerri-Ann and Gary E. Jacobs (’79) have made a $1 million gift to the Division of Social Sciences in support of graduate fellowships.


Tribal

Drawing on Tribal History

Ethnic Studies professor Ross Frank has created a virtual, public collection of rare and precious Plains Indian ledger art.


Policy Defaults Are Seen as Recommendations on Important Issues

New research indicates that people perceive the default option as a recommendation by policymakers and that this helps explain why few people request a change in their organ-donation status or retirement plan participation.


David Swinney, 59 Psychology professor David Swinney has died; a fellowship established in his name will support doctoral students in cognitive psychology.


Starling

The Birds and the B’s: Challenging Chomsky, Starlings Learn ‘Human-Only’ Syntax Patterns
The European starling — long known as a virtuoso songbird and as an expert mimic too — may also soon gain a reputation as something of a “grammar-marm.”


American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects Fellows
Six scholars from UCSD, including two from political science, have been named fellows of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Kavli Institute at UCSD Announces Innovative Research Awards
Investigations into the persistence of mistaken political beliefs, the surprising cognitive inflexibility of children and whether sleep requires a brain are among nine projects selected.


Q&A with Steve Erie on Water Politics
Director of the Urban Studies program and a professor of political science, Steve Erie discusses the issues raised in his new book Beyond Chinatown.


Pellow on California Cultures
David Pellow, of Ethnic Studies, discusses the interdisciplinary program he heads up, California Cultures in Comparative Perspective.


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