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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.


Previous News Highlights

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.


Norman DoorIt'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.


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