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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 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.

Previous News Highlights

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
nterdisciplinary 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: 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.


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