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School bus in AfricaLiberia’s Big School Experiment
Seeking to improve the availability and quality of its public education, the West African nation of Liberia set out on a controversial experiment: It asked a range of non-government organizations to run some of its state schools. The nonprofit Center for Global Development in D.C. and UC San Diego graduate students Mauricio Romero and Wayne Sandholtz of Economics are helping to evaluate the impacts of the experiment. Students in “Partnership Schools” seem to be making significant gains over those in government-run schools, according to this write-up on BBC News, but there are some caveats.

Why Words Matter
Scientific American asked Lera Boroditsky of Cognitive Science if it’s a big deal that the Trump administration recently instructed the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid certain terms –”science-based,” “transgender” and “fetus,” among them. “Words have power,” Boroditsky said in this extended Q&A. “We can drastically change someone’s perspective by how we choose to talk about and frame something.”

NSF’s Best of 2017
The National Science Foundation’s Science360 news service picked as its best video of the year one that features the work of Rain Bosworth of Psychology. Bosworth and colleagues are investigating perception and cognition in both deaf and hearing babies.

Jan. 19: Social Sciences and the Social Good (PDF)
A tribute to the late Daniel Yankelovich, 1924-2017, the luncheon event will feature remarks from UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, Hilary Pennington of the Ford Foundation and Will Friedman of Public Agenda, as well as Social Sciences Dean Carol Padden, former deans Paul Drake and Jeff Elman, and John Skrentny, director of the division’s Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research. The event begins at 11:30 in the Faculty Club. Please RSVP to mlapthorn@ucsd.edu.

The 9 Most Important Scientific Studies for Parents of 2017
Compiled by parenting website Fatherly and reported in the Huffington Post, the list includes a study by Gail Heyman of Psychology. The study suggests it’s possible to reduce implicit racial bias in young children by teaching them to distinguish among faces of a different race.

The Science of Parenting
A free online class by David Barner of Linguistics and Psychology starts up again Jan. 23. Offered on the edX platform, the course teaches how to be a better parent – and a better consumer of parenting advice.

High Temperatures Are Already Sending Refugees to Europe
A study published in Science suggests a link between crop-harming weather and asylum applications to the European Union. Claire Adida of Political Science commends the work.

Factory smoke stacks polluting the airLow Level Air Pollution Costs the Economy Billions of Dollars in Lost Productivity
Air pollution delivers subtle effects that can have lasting negative impacts on our brain function, suggests a new policy paper by Joshua Graff Zivin of Economics and the School of Global Policy and Strategy. At pollution levels well below current regulatory standards in the United States, Graff Zivin says they’ve found impacts of air pollution on agricultural, manufacturing, and call center work productivity.

2018 Miller Prize Winner
A paper by Yiqing Xu of Political Science has been selected for the 2018 Miller Prize as the best work appearing in the journal Political Analysis in 2017. The award citation reads, in part, that his “estimator is widely applicable and provides a unique contribution that highlights how political methodology can contribute to exporting methodological advances to other disciplines.” The winning paper is linked above.

The Year San Diego Unified Established Itself as the Agency Most Hostile to Transparency
In a blistering piece about SDUSD, Voice of San Diego cites research on the district’s graduation rate by Julian Betts of Economics and SanDERA.

Design at Large
Several of the division’s faculty members are featured in the Design Lab’s “Design at Large” speaker series this winter. First up, on Jan. 10 at 4 p.m., is Jeff Elman of Cognitive Science. Elman’s talk is titled “Designing for Change: The Challenge of Institutional Aging (And Success)”; details here. Morana Alac of Communication will speak Feb. 7 and Kelly Gates, also of Communication, will speak Feb. 21.

Don Norman on BISTalk RadioBISTalk Radio Interview with Don Norman (MP3)
Don Norman of Cognitive Science speaks with BISTalk Radio on ESPN1700 about founding and directing the Design Lab at UC San Diego.

Confronting Political Intimidation and Public Bullying
Premiering on UCSD-TV on Feb. 2: Literature professor emeritus Roddey Reid speaks about his new short book, “Confronting Political Intimidation and Public Bullying: A Citizen’s Handbook for the Trump Era and Beyond,” with Akos Rona-Tas of Sociology. The program is presented by the Division of Social Sciences, Division of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Literature. You can watch it online at the link above.

How Trump Became ‘the White Affirmative Action President’
“It’s odd that Trump’s Justice Department is going after affirmative action while Trump is putting all of these people in positions of power and influence who are clearly not qualified for their positions,” said John Skrentny of Sociology and the Yankelovich Center to CNN.

New Year’s Resolution Help: NPR Seeks Your Alternatives to Swearing
All Things Considered checks in with Ben Bergen of Cognitive Science on cursing, the brain and one radio reporter’s attempt to cut back on using words that are bleep-worthy.


Previous News Highlights

Tank gun with roseWar Games

Carnegie Reporter tells the amazing story of the VelHam Project, co-led by Mike Cole of Communication. It showcases the power of people-to-people diplomacy and the ability of the imagination to overcome threats to humankind. It demonstrates how social scientists used new computer technologies to foster US-Soviet relations during the height of the Cold War, with children relating to each other on the emerging Internet and doing for peace what grown-ups at first failed to do. Read on for a history lesson that, with any luck, might help inform our future.

Andrew MellonHow Republicans Learned to Sell Tax Cuts for the Rich
The Republican tax strategy has roots in the American populist tradition, writes Isaac Martin of Sociology in a timely op-ed in the New York Times, a strategy first used to help the rich instead of the poor by millionaire Andrew Mellon. Opponents of the current tax bill should reclaim their own populist roots, Martin argues: “It will not be hard. The tax bill pays for corporate tax cuts by increasing individual income taxes on poor and middle-class Americans in the long run. That tax increase will make people hopping mad. Another wave of economic populism is coming, and people who favor progressive taxation should not retreat to the seminar room.”

Creating a Well-Tuned Orchestra in Your Head
KPBS’s “What Learning Looks Like” series features a Center for Human Development project led by John Iversen, a five-year study on the brains of children who play music in the San Diego Youth Symphony’s Community Opus after-school program. “Even when you’re just listening to music,” Iversen said, “your brain is not just sort of passively recording what comes in. It’s actually actively engaging with the sound.” Iversen is in the beginning stages of analyzing the project’s data, but early findings suggest playing music is linked to stronger language development. The CHD is headed by Terry Jernigan of Cognitive Science.

Shaming People About Their Lifestyle Habits Does Nothing to Improve Their Health
Religions and reality TV shows may turn to shame to get results but evoking the feeling in a medical setting can be harmful, suggests this piece in The Conversation, citing 2014 research by Christine Harris of Psychology.

Tipsy Ellves's debut ski collectionHow Two Friends Turned Ugly Christmas Sweaters into a Clothing Phenomenon
Economics alumnus Evan Mendelsohn and his UC San Diego buddy Nick Morton are featured in this story about their irreverent and hugely successful apparel brand, Tipsy Elves.

Tapping Real Science for San Diego Classrooms
Researchers and local high school teachers are working together to co-develop new inquiry-based science lessons, thanks to an Office of Naval Research grant to CREATE and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The grant, a part of the CREATE STEM Success Initiative, “was only one of two grants awarded to education [by the ONR] and the only one that directly works to improve K-12 education specifically,” said Susan Yonezawa of CREATE, the grant’s principal investigator.

Safeguarding Democracy
To protect emerging democracies, many scholars and practitioners recommend political power-sharing institutions, which aim to safeguard minority group interests. Yet little empirical evidence exists to support that recommendation. Filling that gap are Kaare Strom of Political Science and two co-authors: In the November 2017 issue of the American Political Science Review, they use a global data set to examine how various power-sharing institutions affect the survival of democratic regimes in 180 countries from 1975 to 2015. They find that only power-sharing characterized by strong commitments to individual liberties, independent judiciaries and civilian control of the armed forces strongly promotes democratic survival.

Hands on keyboardThis Explains How Social Media Can Both Weaken – and Strengthen – Democracy
“The past year has seen a flood of concern about how social media can undermine democracy. And yet not too long ago, after the Arab Spring, social media was being hailed as a ‘liberation technology’ that would help spread democracy. How can this be?” write Margaret “Molly” Roberts of Political Science and others in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. The co-authors answer this question with two observations, both in the blog post and in a recent ungated article in the Journal of Democracy.

Design Lab Joins FCC, NCI to Champion Critical Role of Broadband in Rural Cancer Care
An Appalachia demonstration project will study the relationship between broadband access, adoption and improved cancer care for patients in critical need counties. UC San Diego’s Design Lab, directed by Don Norman of Cognitive Science, will lead coordination and intervention development for the public-private consortium, partnering with the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center and Amgen.

Giving Grandma a Tax Break to Get More Homes on the Market
In the midst of California’s housing shortage, realtors quietly submitted a statewide ballot initiative to expand Proposition 13, letting older homeowners keep their artificially low property tax rates regardless of how many times they move, as long as they stay in California. The initiative “turns the logic of Proposition 13 on its head,” said Thad Kousser of Political Science. “This is not about keeping Grandma in her house, which is what Proposition 13 was all about. It’s about people trying to move up.”

Various Scenarios Seen for Evolution in Number of Muslims in Europe
The Pew Research Cen­ter analyzes three potential scenarios and finds that Muslims will increase as a proportion of Eu­rope’s population from 4.9 percent of the total today to 14, 11.2 or 7.4 percent in 2050. Claire Adida of Political Science is “pessimistic about how host communities will respond to these demographic patterns.”

Hand touching wheat stalksLess Than Skin Deep
How sensitive is the human sense of touch? Sensitive enough to feel the difference between surfaces that differ by just a single layer of molecules, shows a new study co-led by Darren Lipomi of the Jacobs School of Engineering and V. S. Ramachandran of Psychology. The study could pave the way for developing electronic skin and prosthetics that can feel, as well as for advanced haptic technology for virtual and augmented reality.

What Made Human Language Possible?
Rafael Nunez of Cognitive Science speaks, in Spanish, on the evolution of human language with a Radio Uruguay show called “Efecto Mariposa” (Butterfly Effect). Nunez interview starts at 48:40.

Is Trump’s ‘Big, Beautiful Wall’ the Best Plan tor Border Security?
Wayne Cornelius of Political Science and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies weighs in with Canada’s The Globe and Mail.

Campus Recognizes Impact of Mentorship at Annual Postdoctoral Scholar Awards
Congrats to David Barner of Psychology and Linguistics, who was honored with a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring.

Alumna Dulce GarciaDreamers Pushing for Legislative Action
Five recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, shared at a UC San Diego event what they’re feeling as they count down the days until the temporary permits given to them under former President Barack Obama expire. A Union-Tribune story on the event quotes Political Science student Veronica Benitez, who was brought to the U.S. when she was 1, and Political Science alumna Dulce Garcia, also a DACA recipient and an immigration attorney. “For the first time in 30 years DACA has allowed me to speak out,” Garcia said. La Prensa also covered the event, focusing on a presentation made by political scientist Tom Wong on Dreamers’ positive economic impact.

Social, Climbing: Tackling Tough Issues
UC San Diego’s Annual Report features two examples of how we address trenchant social problems: eyewitness research by John Wixted of Psychology that seeks to improve criminal justice and the upward mobility work being done through the Yankelovich Center that aims to restore the American Dream.

Social Sciences Building on 10News screenshotUCSD Graduate Students Concerned Over GOP Tax Plan
Speaking in front of the Social Sciences Building, graduate students Doreen Hsu of Sociology and Sophia Armen of Ethnic Studies share with 10News how the tax plan would affect their education.

As Economy Booms, San Diego’s Traffic Congestion Worsens
With more people employed and the price of gas low, commute times are now at their highest since before the start of the recession. “San Diego’s transitioning from being a fairly small city to becoming a much larger city,” said Mark Jacobsen of Economics. “There will be some growing pains as we figure out how to move people around.” The story appeared in the Los Angeles Times (linked above) and the Union-Tribune.

Julia Velasquez #StudentAstronautLife on ‘Mars’
Grab some popcorn? Set your DVR? And explore with Education Studies student Julia Velasquez what it might be like to live on the Red Planet. Xploration Outer Space will feature Velasquez – an advocate for the Deaf community who won the show’s #StudentAstronaut contest and went to live in Hawaii’s Mars habitat – in an episode set to premiere the week of Dec. 11. Typically, the show airs Saturday mornings on local FOX channels (so probably Dec. 16), but check your listings to be sure. The episode will also be available on Hulu, Amazon Prime and Yahoo! View.

Overcoming Hate in Our Backyards

“Hate speech and harassment have spiked nationwide since the 2016 election. They’ve spiked in our own backyards, too – requiring each community to counteract hate proactively,” writes Mica Pollock of Educations Studies and CREATE in this piece for the Rethinking Schools blog. “We can counter hate at our dinner tables; we can do it via our religious organizations. I suggest we counter hate particularly where we most come together daily: in our schools.”

Anita Raj of Education StudiesHow Chickens and Goats Are Helping to Stop Child Marriage
NPR spoke with Anita Raj of Education Studies and the Center on Gender Equity and Health about the Berhane Hewan (“Light of Eve”) program in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Tanzania. “From what I’ve seen so far, I’d say it’s a strong program that has strong science underlying it,” said Raj, who was not involved in the program’s development or the study assessing its effectiveness. Because programs to end child marriage are complicated to design and interventions can backfire, Raj believes that further long-term monitoring is essential.

New Real Estate and Development Minor in USP
Beginning Winter Quarter 2018, the Urban Studies and Planning Program will offer a new minor in Real Estate and Development. A major will launch next fall. The RED program takes a 21st century approach to the field, recognizing “that the next generation of real estate and development innovators will need hybrid skills in order to understand the nexus between real estate finance and development, data visualization and analysis, urban planning and design, sustainability, demographic trends, and new technologies.”

Dec. 7: Confronting Political Intimidation and Public Bullying (PDF)
Akos Rona-Tas of Sociology will interview Literature emeritus Roddey Reid about his new short book, “Confronting Political Intimidation and Public Bullying: A Citizen’s Handbook for the Trump Era and Beyond.” Rona-Tas will also moderate a discussion with the audience in this event co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology. Beginning at 2 p.m. in the Literature Building, Rm. 155, de Certeau Room.

Alan Daly of Education StudiesUniversity Professional of the Year
Kudos to Alan Daly of Education Studies! The California Educational Research Association (CERA) awarded Daly its University Professional of the Year Award for 2017. The award, presented at the annual conference on Nov. 30, celebrates those who have “demonstrated long-term commitments to their communities through rigorous research practices.”

Software Developers and Designers Risk Over-Automating Enterprises
Don Norman of Cognitive Science and the Design Lab argues for human-technology teamwork in a recent Research-Technology Management article, ZDNet reports. ZDNet also includes in its story a video in which Normans says “we want to design technology to be a collaborator, a team worker, with people. And yet, we still think that people are somehow deficient, and we have to replace them with machines.”

San Jacinto Unified School District Showcases Computer Science Students at Summit
Beth Simon of Education Studies was one of the speakers at the Inland CSforALL Summit, Valley News reports. At the summit, Simon described her work developing computer curriculum for high schools and the training and community needs of K-12 teachers who want to bring computing education to their students.

California Republicans Pay the Price of Trump
“My sense is that, after taking tough votes on issues like Obamacare and generally supporting President Trump, they figure they are in for a dime, in for a dollar of tax changes,” Thad Kousser of Political Science wrote in an email to the author of this Bloomberg View piece. “The marginal increase in the furor of liberal and centrist voters may well be outweighed by the advantages of thrilling their base, appeasing their party leaders and fulfilling their sincere policy goals.”

The Origin of the Wall Is a Quarter of a Century Ago
David FitzGerald of Sociology and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies spoke with Japan’s Asahi Shimbun Globe on the subject of the border wall, twice. If you can’t read Japanese, you may want to try Google Translate or a similar service.

UC Global Health Day 2018UC Global Health Day 2018
In April, UC San Diego is hosting UC Global Health Day 2018. Submit a poster abstract or proposal for a breakout session by Dec. 15. The day will showcase the outstanding research, training and outreach taking place across the UC system. Topics may range from basic to translational sciences, technology to social entrepreneurship, women’s health to global health diplomacy or policy.

Inspiring Future Innovators and Changing the World Through Entrepreneurship
Thanks to the efforts of Cognitive Science sophomore Samarth Aggarwal, UC San Diego now has a chapter of The Hult Prize and was able to host a competition on campus for the first time on Dec. 2, the UCSD Guardian reports. The Hult Prize, the student paper writes, “is a partnership between Hult International Business School and the Clinton Global Initiative and is the world’s biggest collegiate entrepreneurial challenge for social good.” The winning team gets a $1 million prize in start-up funding.

Blessed Are the Handouts
Christianity Today’s cover story on giving poor people cash, with no strings attached, features Paul Niehaus of Economics and the nonprofit he helped to found, GiveDirectly.

How Language Shapes Your Perception of Gender, Color, and Justice
Business Insider takes a look at “some of the most fascinating findings” by cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky, based on a talk she gave at the TEDWomen conference in New Orleans. Her talk addressed the many ways humans can perceive the world based on their language. The story was picked up by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, among others.

China Is Perfecting a New Method for Suppressing Dissent on the Internet
Vox reports on a study co-authored by Margaret “Molly” Roberts of Political Science showing that the Chinese government is a leading innovator in fabricating social media posts for strategic distraction. Instead of refuting critics or defending its policies, it overwhelms the population with positive news.

America’s Wall
David FitzGerald of Sociology and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies is one of the sources for this KPBS/inewsource report on the decades-long struggle to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

Susan Yonezawa in computer classroom‘Master Networker’ and More
ICYMI: The division’s newsletter, Social Sciences E-Connection, features a story on the education equity work of CREATE’s Susan Yonezawa; a surprise prize for alumna Jennifer Nations of Sociology; and a letter on real-world classrooms from Dean Carol Padden, among others.

What Do States Have Against Cities, Anyway?
Research co-authored by Thad Kousser of Political Science is cited in Governing magazine: Kousser and Gerald Gamm of the University of Rochester “took on the monumental task of examining the fate of 1,736 pieces of legislation in 13 states over 120 years.” Big-city bills, they found, were approved at a rate 15 to 20 percentage points lower than other pieces of legislation. “The great narrative in urban politics,” they concluded, “has been a story of unremitting hostility.” Kousser also commented in the San Francisco Chronicle on the implications for California of Democratic wins in the New Jersey and Virginia governors’ races.

WTO Report 2017WTO Report on Trade, Technology and Jobs
Marc Muendler of Economics consulted the World Trade Organization for its main flagship report, which is focused this year on trade, technological change and labor markets. The electronic version of the report and Muendler’s background paper are now available for download.

Property Taxes Likely Here to Stay in Pa. Here’s Why
“The reason that no one has gone whole hog to get rid of the tax,” said Isaac Martin of Sociology, “is that we need the things the tax pays for.”

Psychology Scores High Marks
The 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ table for psychology places UC San Diego’s Department of Psychology at No. 11.

Seton Hall Law Professor Thomas Healy (left) joined by Robert Horwitz of Communication. Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego PublicationsWho’s Afraid of Free Speech?
ThisWeek@UCSanDiego reports on the Nov. 8 talk given by journalist and legal scholar Thomas Healy to a packed house in Price Center. What is “free speech” and is it at risk on college campuses? Are raucous and violent demonstrations that disrupt or shut down campus speakers and events a legitimate form of “counter-speech” or a chilling attempt to silence open debate and the free exchange of ideas? Hosted by the Department of Communication, this was the first in a series of talks exploring free speech with the campus community and is part of the university’s First Amendment education initiative.

Did David and Solomon’s United Monarchy Exist?
Front-page Haaretz (Israel) story, suggesting that vast ancient mining operations may hold answers to that question, includes research by Tom Levy of Anthropology.

More Students Turn to ‘Daddy’ to Pay for College
Afraid of taking on massive student loan debt, a growing number of American students are turning to “sugar daddies” to pay for college, often connecting through online sites set up for the purpose. Has the Internet simply made an age-old transaction easier? “You could argue it is just making the market more efficient,” said Kevin Lewis of Sociology.

When It Comes to Financial Aid, UC Is the Most Generous of Top Public Universities
The University of California is the nation’s most generous public university in awarding financial aid to freshmen, a new study has found, the Los Angeles Times reports. UC campuses snared seven of the top 10 spots among 250 public universities surveyed about their financial aid packages, according to The Student Loan Report news site. The survey finds that UC Riverside was the nation’s most generous campus, giving freshmen an average of $22,241. UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine and UC San Diego, also in the top 10, had average awards ranging from $21,100 to $19,028.

UC San Diego Launches Institute to Address Ethics of Today’s Innovation
Designer babies, driverless cars and modified mosquitoes may be boundary-breaking, but moral quandaries these advances create can raise controversy. John Evans of Sociology is, with Craig Callender of Philosophy, inaugural co-director of the Institute for Practical Ethics.

Through Dec. 1: TEÍČ’IȞ IŊLA: Practicing Decolonial Love (PDF)
This exhibit presents a selection of ledger drawing by Dwayne “Chuck” Wilcox from the artist’s collection. Working with graduate students in a course entitled “Representing Native America,” taught by Ross Frank of Ethnic Studies, the artist and co-curators offer commentary on contemporary issues from an indigenous perspective. Mandeville Special Collections at Geisel Library.

Dec. 4: Challenges for Dreamers in Trump’s America
Tom Wong of Political Science is one of the featured speakers, along with former New York Times immigration reporter Julia Preston, now with the Marshall Project. Wong will talk about “The Integration of DACA Recipients: What We’ve Gained and What We Stand to Lose.” The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies event is co-sponsored by the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Institute of the Americas.

6 Reasons Why Being Kind to Others Is Actually Good For You
One reason is that kindness is contagious, spreading from one person to another to another, according to research by James Fowler of Political Science.

Screen grab of UT video story on Econ video handbookShort Videos Helping Students Grasp Difficult Concepts
Melissa Famulari and Joel Watson of Economics ftw! Check out this short video story on the video handbook they developed. The 200-plus videos, which cover a year’s worth of course material in microeconomics, are free to all University of California students.  After you view the story above, more about innovative handbook is here.

Nov. 8: UC San Diego Pauses to Ask, ‘Who’s Afraid of Free Speech?’

The Union-Tribune reports in advance on journalist and legal scholar Thomas Healy’s Nov. 8 talk on campus, hosted by the Department of Communication. More about the event, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Price Center East Ballroom, is here. To learn more about free speech at UC San Diego, visit this website.

Still from movie "Wonderstruck"Making Room for Deaf Performers in Hollywood
A New York Times story on the film “Wonderstruck,” its deaf star, deaf characters and its “homage to visual storytelling” quotes Tom Humphries of Education Studies and Social Sciences Dean Carol Padden. The couple served as advisors both for the film and the best-selling book by Brian Selznick, which he adapted for the screen.  Padden and Humphries would like to see more deaf actors in film – and not just as deaf characters.

Music Is Not for Ears
Research by Diana Deutsch of Psychology is cited in this Aeon essay arguing that music is in your brain, your body and your life.

How Natural Is Numeracy?
Where does our number sense come from? Is it a neural capacity we are born with – or is it a product of our culture? Aeon looks at the research of Rafael Nunez of Cognitive Science.

Globe’s 16th Best University and Nation’s Fifth Best Public
UC San Diego has been ranked 16th best university in the world by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Global Universities ranking, which includes the top 1,250 institutions in 74 countries. The campus was also recognized as the nation’s fifth best public university in the fourth annual rankings, which measure factors such as research, global and regional reputation, international collaboration, as well as the number of highly-cited papers and doctorates awarded.

2017-18 Hellman Fellows11 UC San Diego Faculty Members Honored with Hellman Fellowships
Daniel Navon of Sociology, Amy Non of Anthropology and Danielle Raudenbush of Sociology are among the faculty receiving Hellman Fellowships, which support the research and creative endeavors of junior faculty.

Melania Trump, Please Work on the Biggest Bully of Them All
Mica Pollock of Education Studies and CREATE is quoted in the Washington Post’s Right Turn blog, from a piece she wrote for the Post last November about “Trump Talk”: “Children and youth hear the words adults hear. They hear them on the Internet, over a shoulder and repeated by other kids on the playground or in the classroom. And words matter. They shape what young people think about themselves, each other, adults and their country.”

Book cover of Woolard's "Singular and Plural"Woolard’s Timely Book on Catalonia Wins Award
“A surging movement for Catalan political independence from Spain has brought renewed urgency to questions about what it means, personally and politically, to speak or not to speak Catalan and to claim Catalan identity” begins the book description for “Singular and Plural: Ideologies of Linguistic Authority in 21st Century Catalonia,” by Kathryn “Kit” Woolard of Anthropology. Woolard has won another award for her work – this time the 2017 Edward Sapir Book Prize from the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, which is awarded to “a book that makes the most significant contribution to our understanding of language in society.”

Center for American Progress Welcomes Tom K. Wong as Senior Fellow for Immigration Policy
As a senior fellow, Tom Wong of Political Science “will build upon his strong track record of collaborating with the organization’s Immigration Policy team on cutting-edge quantitative and qualitative research.”

Nov. 8: How Immigration Policy Affects Health and Human Rights
David FitzGerald of Sociology and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies is one of the featured speakers at this symposium hosted by the School of Medicine.  RSVP here.  From 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Student Services Center Multipurpose Room.

UC San Diego Researchers Analyze Critical Questions for China’s Future
A briefing released by the 21st Century China Center, “Xi Takes Charge: Implications of the 19th Party Congress for China’s Future,” includes an essay by Molly Roberts of Political Science. Roberts addresses China’s censorship, using her research to outline if the recent growth in information control can be considered a new normal.

Congrats to the ‘Design for San Diego’ Finalists!
Cognitive Science majors and alumni were among the finalists in the Design Lab’s “Design for San Diego” challenge. The teams proposed innovative solutions to mobility issues in our city. The top three will be pitched to the City of San Diego, SCALE SD, and SANDAG for implementation.

Kudos to Marez
The book “Farm Worker Futurism: Speculative Technologies of Resistance,” by Curtis Marez of Ethnic Studies, was named runner-up for the American Studies Association’s John Hope Franklin Publication Prize.  Marez was cited for his “innovative approach to the figure of the farm worker” and “innovative method for interdisciplinary scholarship.”

Nov. 13: Cities and Economics Growth
The Economics Roundtable features Edward Glaeser of Harvard University, author of the New York Times best seller “Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier.” From 7:30 to 9 a.m., Faculty Club.

Native American Heritage Month Celebration
A month-long series of events honoring the heritage, culture and traditions of Native Americans is co-sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies. Full event listings are here.

Book Prize to Bialecki
Anthropology alumnus and lecturer Jon Bialecki has been selected by the American Ethnological Society as a winner of the 2017 Sharon Stephens Book Prize for a scholar’s first book.  The book is called “A Diagram for Fire: Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement.”

Gift Enhances Distinguished Melanesian and Anthropology Studies Collection
The UC San Diego Library recently received a generous gift to create the Schwartz Library Collection Endowment for Melanesian/Anthropology Studies, in honor of Theodore “Ted”  Schwartz of Anthropology.

When American Lawmakers Took a Page from the Nazi Playbook
History.com features a book review written by Natalia Molina of History and Urban Studies and Planning on Steve Ross’s “Hitler in Los Angeles.”

Walls Are the 'Ugliest Version of Racism and Exclusionary Citizenship'
The World Architecture Community features a Q&A with Fonna Forman of Political Science and the Center on Global Justice.

In Memory Training Smackdown, One Method Dominates
Efforts to boost IQ by improving working memory haven't panned out, says Bradley Voytek of Cognitive Science to KPBS. “We want to just be able to pull up our iPhone while we're sitting on the train or at a bus stop or something, play a game for a couple minutes, and get smarter," he says. But we can't.

Jennifer Nations receives surprise prize - photo by Erik Jepse/UC San Diego PublicationsA Surprise Prize for Recent Graduate
When newly minted Sociology Ph.D. Jennifer Nations went to meet with her dissertation adviser, Isaac Martin, shortly after graduation, she didn’t think much of it. But to her surprise, the meeting was arranged to award her a $20,000 fellowship in recognition of her academic merit and personal perseverance.

The Survivor’s Guilt of a New American Citizen
A personal account from a New York Times writer cites research by Tom K. Wong of Political Science: Of the 800,000 participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, 33.7 percent have lived here for more than two decades, with an average length of stay of 18.8 years.

Town Halls Shed Light on Federal Changes Affecting Researchers
If you missed the town halls – with Vice Chancellor for Research Sandra Brown of Psychology and Angela Phillips Diaz, executive director of government research relations – you can still view a video of the presentation.

Happy girl on tablet - photo by iStock/Tomwang112Reducing Racial Bias in Children
Co-authored by Gail Heyman of Psychology and published in Child Development, an international study suggests that one way to reduce implicit racial bias is by teaching young kids to distinguish among faces of a different race.  The study shows promising results for a simple touch-screen app. A first-person piece written by Heyman for the Conversation also describes the research and was picked up by such outlets as Salon.com and the Associated Press.

Oct. 27: Contextual Robotics Forum
“Intelligent Vehicles 2025” is the focus of the fourth annual forum presented by the Contextual Robotics Institute, a joint venture of the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Division of Social Sciences. Dean Carol Padden will make remarks.  Design Lab Director Don Norman of Cognitive Science is chairing a panel on the user experience, and a technology showcase in the afternoon includes Design Lab projects. The forum runs all day. Visit the link for additional details and registration.

Nov. 8: Who’s Afraid of Free Speech?
Journalist and legal scholar Thomas Healy addresses free speech on campus, at the invitation of the Department of Communication and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. If you haven’t already read Healy’s article of the same title in the Atlantic, consider checking it out. Beginning at 7 p.m., Price Center East Ballroom.

Mysterious Braid-Chopping Bandits Have Kashmiris in Panic
Saiba Varma of Anthropology is quoted by the Associated Press: “Hair has historically symbolized sexuality and a certain excessive feminine energy,” she said. “The braid-chopping seems to be a clear example of someone trying to curtail these feminine energies.”

To Prevent Displacement, Westside Program Targets Property Taxes
“These policies do not do much to protect homeowners from displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods,” said Isaac Martin of Sociology to WABE, NPR affiliate in Atlanta. That’s because, according to Martin’s study, it’s renters rather than homeowners who are at risk.

The NRA, Potent Foe of Gun Controls in the U.S
Following the Las Vegas gun massacre, an Agence France-Presse story on the National Rifle Association quoted  Gary Jacobson of Political Science: “They are good in exciting their constituency,” with the result of “an intense minority winning out over an apathetic majority.” The story ran in Yahoo News (linked above) and many other outlets.

Trolley - KPBS photo by Katie SchoolovSan Diego City Employees Lead on Public Transit, Lag on Bikes
Mark Jacobsen of Economics said to KPBS that subsidized parking and other policies that increase the supply of parking undermine the city’s transportation goals.

Who Were The Winners – and the Big Loser – of California’s Legislative Session
“A big winner in this session is the political center in California – a mixture of business groups and environmental groups that want to build a California towards the future,” said Thad Kousser of Political Science to the Bay Area News Group. Kousser has been busy lending his California expertise to a number of other outlets, including: CALmatters.org  on how a gas tax repeal is ripping GOP alliances, the San Francisco Chronicle on State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León’s potential challenge to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein,  and KPCC-FM on  four GOP incumbents in Orange County who are each facing several well-funded Democrats. He also spoke with the New York Times about Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s vetoes and his steering of the state toward the political middle: “This is a governor who relishes his role as the adult in the room,” Kousser said.

Is San Diego a ‘Design World Capital’?
The San Diego Union-Tribune previews the Oct. 25-27 Design Forward Summit presented by the Design Forward Alliance, a spinoff of UC San Diego’s Design Lab. The story mentions Design Lab Director Don Norman and the D4SD civic design challenge on mobility, being run by Steven Dow of Cognitive Science, which will culminate with a showcase at the summit. Also check out this Xconomy story: “Lab Focused on Human-Centered Design Moves to Put San Diego on Map.”

Trump Divide Trickles Down to College
“No one is more provocative than Trump himself,” said Amy Binder of Sociology, “and now students are in this position of having to choose whether to do what the president does, or having to make decisions to not be like the president.”  The Los Angeles Times story also quotes Sara Garcia, a UC San Diego sophomore and GOP club officer, and also appeared in the Sacramento Bee (linked above).

Cyber-Archaeologist Participates in ‘Dialogue of Civilizations’
Tom Levy of Anthropology traveled to India for a conference sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Archaeological Survey of India and India’s Ministry of Culture. Levy is also mentioned in a Berkeley blog post, this time for his role in a digital, UC-funded project to preserve at-risk cultural heritage sites.

Salk Institute Scientists Get $25 Million for Brain Atlas
UC San Diego researchers, including Eran Mukamel of Cognitive Science, will participate in the project led by Salk to identify cell types in the mammalian brain. The project is funded by the National Institutes of Health as part of the federal BRAIN Initiative.

UC San Diego Scientist Wins Coveted MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant
San Diego Union-Tribune story reporting that cybersecurity expert Stefan Savage of Engineering has been selected for the prestigious award quotes Dean Carol Padden, who won a MacArthur in 2010: “It changed my life immeasurably. It has brought me and my work much more visibility than I ever had before. It has opened doors, and made it easier to meet people.”

Artistic rendering of the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning NeighborhoodThe Transformation of UC San Diego
Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla’s letter on his vision for the future campus mentions Social Sciences and the soon-to-be-built North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood.

Oct. 30: The Science of Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
Bradley Voytek of Cognitive Sciences gives a talk just in time for Halloween! From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Cognitive Science Building, Rm. 003.

Oct. 30 and Nov. 6: Science Studies Colloquium Series
Rafael Nunez of Cognitive Science asks “Does Cognitive Science (Still) Exist?” on Oct. 30. Then, on Nov. 6, Akos Rona-Tas of Sociology presents “Knowing What We Don’t: Uncertainty in Food Risk Science in the United States and the European Union.” From 4 to 5:30 p.m., Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Rm. 3027.

Nov. 3: Introduction to Social Media for Researchers
Researchers have many different social media options to enhance appreciation for and understanding of their work. This panel will provide an introduction to the top social media networks and how to use them, as well as an overview of available UC San Diego resources. From 11:30 a.m. to 1pm, Natural Sciences Building Auditorium. RSVP by Oct. 26.

Seeking Leaders, Changemakers & Innovators
In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the UC San Diego Alumni Awards, the alumni association is honoring 40 young Tritons – the next generation of leaders, changemakers and innovators. Help honor the best of UC San Diego. Submit a nomination today! Note: Deadline extended to Nov. 6.

Tom WongSchumer, Pelosi: ‘Dreamers Are as American as Apple Pie’
Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi write in a CNN op-ed that the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is “morally and economically wrong.” To bolster their argument, they cite research by Tom Wong of Political Science showing the social and economic contributions made by DACA recipients.

Appointment of Co-Directors of the Institute for Practical Ethics
John Evans of Sociology and Craig Callender of Philosophy are the founding co-directors of the new Institute for Practical Ethics in the Division of Arts and Humanities.

UC San Diego Focuses on First-Generation College Students with Campus-wide Initiative
The University of California has launched a system-wide initiative aimed at showcasing the unique struggles and triumphs facing students who are the first in their families to attend college. The goal is to inspire high schoolers considering college and to provide support to first-generation students already enrolled. UC San Diego’s campaign, Triton Faculty Firsts, is highlighting members of the faculty who are also #FirstGen, including Frances Contreras of Education Studies and Bradley Voytek of Cognitive Science. Contreras and Voytek are featured in the story linked above and in this video.

Hurricane Maria Isolates Archaeological Site that UC San Diego Was Studying
Environmental archaeologist Isabel Rivera-Collazo of Anthropology and Scripps Oceanography is conducting research at the site.

Oct. 11: ‘What the F’ (PDF)
Benjamin Bergen of Cognitive Science will discuss what swearing reveals about our brains as the featured speaker at the UCSD Emeriti Association’s October meeting. Beginning at 3:30 in the Faculty Club.

Oct. 12: Research Town Hall Meetings
The Office of Research Affairs invites all faculty members to attend for updates on the federal research budget, new regulations in federal agencies that impact researchers, and new opportunities from state and federal agencies for research funding and training grants. Three different times and locations; click link for details.

Melissa FamulariOct. 16: Distinguished Teaching Awards Presentation
This year’s honorees for exceptional teaching are Melissa Famulari of Economics, Leslie Robin Lewis of Urban Studies and Planning, and graduate students Erica Bender of Sociology and Grant E. Johnson of Economics. Reception begins at 1 p.m., program at 1:30 in the Faculty Club courtyard.

Using Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living
IBM Research and UC San Diego have announced a multiyear commitment to enhance quality of life and independence for aging populations through the new Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center. The partnership is supported by a five-year, $10 million commitment from IBM for research and applications in two thematic areas:  Healthy Aging and the Human Microbiome. The Healthy Aging project will be co-led by Virginia de Sa of Cognitive Science, with Laurel Riek of Computer Science, and will involve many other Cognitive Science faculty.   A story on the Sept. 28 signing ceremony is here.

School Reform and the Pitfalls of Techno-Idealism
Christo Sims of Communication appeared at the Data & Society research institute in Manhattan to discuss his new book, “Disruptive Fixation:  School Reform and the Pitfalls of Techno-Idealism.” A video of the talk is linked above. He also spoke with Doug Henwood on the radio show/podcast “Behind the News“ (MP3).

Nov. 8: Quarterly Conversations in Global Health
“Child and Maternal Health” is the focus of the fall conversation brought to you by the Global Health Program, Global Health Institute and Global Forum. Hear from a panel of experts, enjoy appetizers and visit with tabling organizations who are working to reduce health disparities for women and children. Beginning at 3 p.m. in the Great Hall.

Japan's Asahi Shimbun GLOBE features David FitzGerald of Sociology and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies in a special issue on walls.

Border crossing at San Ysidro, photo by NY TimesFor a Preview of the Border Wall, Look to California
Wayne Cornelius of Political Science spoke with the New York Times about the beefed-up border crossing at San Ysidro: “There has been a massive effort and expense to create a border that is unlike anything else. What it did more than anything is reroute the flows. It created a balloon effect to send people elsewhere and pay smugglers more to get them through.”

Back into the Trump Vortex America Goes
“Trump’s highest-profile fights have served to fuel the cultural divide that pits his most fervent supporters, white men and rural residents, against what he describes as ‘elites,’’ writes Los Angeles Times political analyst Cathleen Decker on the debate over football players kneeling during the national anthem. She quotes Thad Kousser of Political Science on the president’s fight with the multicultural cast of the Broadway hit “Hamilton” in November, who said at the time that it was “a perfect culture war.”

Home Ownership Will Have to Wait for This DACA Recipient
The story includes research by Tom Wong of Political Science showing that DACA recipients have significant contributions to the economy by earning higher wages, buying cars and purchasing homes.

Facebook logoDid Russian Ads on Facebook Make a Difference?
In light of a new study “concluding it’s almost impossible to persuade voters to change their views in today’s highly polarized America” but that you can suppress or increase voter turnout, Yahoo News cites a 2012 Nature by James Fowler of Political Science showing that Facebook helped quadruple the effect of a get-out-the-vote message.

Mayor’s Travels Raising Eyebrows in LA
“Times are good, so that makes it easier for him to slip out of town,” said Steve Erie of Political Science. “But there’s always a threshold. The criticism will be that he was elected to be mayor, not to run for president.”

Daniel Yankelovich Turned From Philosophy to Market Research
The Wall Street Journal remembers the founder of the division’s Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research.

Don Norman, Pradeep Khosla and Kevin Faulconer bang a gong to kick off D4SDYou Can Help Design Solutions to San Diego’s Troubles with Traffic and More
How do we create a San Diego where we all move freely? That’s the central question posed by “Design for San Diego,” or D4SD for short, a month-long, city-wide civic design challenge led by Steven Dow of Cognitive Science out of the Design Lab. Helping to kick off the challenge were Don Norman, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

Conservatives Want Their Own Safe Spaces Too
“Some conservatives are less interested in robust debate than in trolling liberals, while other are simply looking for ‘safe spaces’ of their own,” writes Sociology alumnus Jeffrey Kidder in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. In his piece, Kidder cites “Becoming Right,” a book by Amy Binder of Sociology and alumna Kate Wood.

Putting Students First
The back-to-school issue of ThisWeek@UCSanDiego showcases the university’s new services to enrich student life, including a number of new degree programs and specializations in Social Sciences.

Alumna Sandy Young skydivingSan Diego Metro Magazine’s 2017 40 Under 40
All the UC San Diego alumni on this year’s list of “some of the best and brightest minds in San Diego County” are connected to Social Sciences:  Kent-Fuh “Kent” Lee,  Economics  ’07, executive director of Pacific Arts Movement;  Joseph Leventhal, Political Science ’99, managing partner at Dinsmore & Shohl  LLP;  Shannon Casey , Communication’03, vice president at Cleantech San Diego; Lindsay Stevens, Human Development ’03 , trial attorney with Gomez Trial Attorneys; Sandra F. Young, Communication ’06, vice president at, J. Walcher Communications; Andrew “Andy” Hall, Economics ’10,  chief operating officer, San Diego Workforce Partnership.

Seeking Leaders, Changemakers & Innovators
In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the UC San Diego Alumni Awards, the alumni association is honoring 40 young Tritons – the next generation of leaders, changemakers and innovators. Help honor the best of UC San Diego. Submit a nomination today! Deadline is Oct. 30.

Daniel Yankelovich Daniel Yankelovich, 92
Nationally renowned public opinion expert Daniel Yankelovich spent more than six decades monitoring social change and public opinion. He also left a legacy of supporting research in the Division of Social Sciences, aimed at improving how people live. You can read more about the founder of our Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research in the New York Times and the Washington Post. The Union-Tribune, in its “Death of Daniel Yankelovich causes deep sadness at UC San Diego,” includes words from deans Carol Padden, Jeff Elman and Paul Drake.

New York Times: Trump Says Jump. His Supporters Ask, How High?
Thomas Edsall’s column cites research co-authored by Daniel Butler of Political Science showing that “voters often adopted the positions legislators took, even when legislators offered little justification.”

Little girl looking smartKids Praised for Being Smart Are More Likely to Cheat
“You are so smart” vs “You did very well this time”: An international team of researchers, including Gail Heyman of Psychology, reports that the style of praise matters. In addition to affecting motivation, it has a moral dimension.  The research was covered by the Independent (UK), MarketWatch, India Times, Consumer Affairs, Psychology Today and many others. It also appeared as the lead story in the University of California’s Fiat Lux newsletter.

U.S. Pavilion Announces Design Teams for 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale
Among the work to be showcased at the “Dimensions of Citizenship” exhibition is “UCSD Cross-Border Community Station: A Public Space that Educates” by Teddy Cruz of Visual Arts and Fonna Forman of Political Science.

IBM Gives UC San Diego $10 Million to Find Better Ways to Detect Memory Loss
The Union-Tribune reports on a new contract “to help seniors live in their own homes late into life.” The research will involve numerous faculty members from the Department of Cognitive Science.

Dedication of Tata Hall with Anita Raj and Karthik MuralidharanTata Institute for Genetics and Society Advances with Building Naming, Inaugural Chair Holders
Karthik Muralidharan of Economics and Anita Raj of Education Studies, along with biologists Suresh Subramani and Ethan Bier, are the inaugural holders of Tata Chancellor’s Endowed Professorships.

The UC Global Food Initiative (PDF)
A special edition of California Agriculture features Keith Pezzoli of Urban Studies and Planning and of Communication, who also authored one of the articles.

China’s Ever-Tighter Web Controls Jolt Companies, Scientists
The Associated Press quoted Margaret “Molly” Roberts of Political Science in a story that appeared in the Houston Chronicle (linked above), Ottawa Citizen and Indian Express, among many others.

Paul DrakeUC San Diego Revelle Medalists Announced
Kudos to Paul Drake of Political Science, former dean of the Division of Social Sciences and senior vice chancellor of Academic Affairs. “It truly is difficult to overstate the depth and breadth of the contributions Professor Drake has made to UC San Diego.”

ComSciCon: Science Communication Workshops for Graduate Students, by Graduate Students
“Publishing in scientific journals has long been a linchpin of success in science. But many scientists want their work to enrich the lives of the public and positively influence society,” writes graduate student Rose Hendricks of Cognitive Science in a PLOS blog post.

Speculating on What Dolphins Are Communicating
Christine Johnson of Cognitive Science served as advisor to the Fall 2017 exhibition in the Qualcomm Institute’s gallery@calit2.

Giving Impact
The September issue of UC San Diego’s newsletter for donors and friends of the university features two recent fundraising successes in the division: the Center for Peace and Security Studies and a breakthrough program in clinical psychology.

Kit WoolardKit Woolard on Her New Book, ‘Singular and Plural’
This Q&A features anthropologist Kathryn “Kit” Woolard on Catalonia’s language, identity politics and independence movement.

Democrats’ Road to Winning Back the House Goes Through California
“This is not going to be a usual year. The energy and anger is on the Democrats’ side,” Gary Jacobson of Political Science told the Los Angeles Times. The story also appeared in the Union-Tribune.

California Kids With an Autistic Older Sibling Are Less Likely to Be Vaccinated
KPBS reports on a new study published in the New England Journal Medicine and co-authored by doctoral alumna Gena Glickman and Karen Dobkins of Psychology.

UC San Diego-Led Expedition Documents Ancient Land and Sea Sites in Israel
In an attempt to understand trade and exchange during Biblical times, Tom Levy of Anthropology carried an Explorers Club flag to the ancient mining region of Timna and to the site of a submerged port at Tel Dor.

Facebook Live With Don Norman
Go behind the scenes of UC San Diego’s Regional Campaign Celebration in L.A. with Don Norman of Cognitive Science and the Design Lab.

The Potential Economic Hit of Sending “Dreamers” Back
CBS News reports that DACA recipients are successful and productive. According to an August 2017 survey by Tom Wong of Political Science, 97 percent of them are currently employed or in school. The research was also cited in Voice of San Diego and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Rendering of the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning NeighborhoodGrand Plans
The September issue of Triton takes a look at the future of campus and the plan to enhance the student experience, engage our community, and facilitate research and innovation. Part of the story is the mixed-use North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, which will include a building for Social Sciences. The magazine also includes a letter from UC San Diego Alumni Board President Robert Brownlie of Economics, who shares his enthusiasm for the university’s next chapter of growth.

Brand Champion
How a Snapple cap (at UC San Diego) influenced the career of Communication alumnus Jacques Spitzer, now the owner of a branding and advertising company called Raindrop Marketing.

Public Invited to Solve San Diego’s Commuting Nightmare
The city-wide D4SD civic design challenge is directed out of the Design Lab by Steven Dow of Cognitive Science.

On the coast of Peru‘Gone With the Waves’ Project Documents Puerto Rico’s Coastline and Cultural Heritage
Just ahead of hurricanes Irma and Maria, a research team led by Isabel Rivera-Collazo of Anthropology was able to document various underwater and coastal features along Puerto Rico’s coast, providing baseline measurements of important archaeological sites that are vulnerable to coastal erosion, particularly due to climate change.

Trump’s Wall Is Big, Beautiful and Dumb – Here’s a Better Way to Control The Border
Steve Lopez’s column in the Los Angeles Times quotes the “semi-retired” Wayne Cornelius of Political Science: “The fact is unauthorized Mexican migration to the U.S. has fallen to levels not seen since the early 1970s.”

Why Our Brains Make It Hard to Grapple with Global Warming
Opinion piece co-authored by Political Science alumnus Nick Obradovich with colleagues at Scripps Oceanography and the School of Global Policy and Strategy.

Milana Vayntrub7 Reasons Why Lily From Those Hilarious AT&T Commercials Is BAE
Check out this fun BuzzFeed listicle on Communication alumna Milana Vayntrub.

Scientists: Advertise Your Failures!
The “Rejections & Failures” section of cognitive scientist Bradley Voytek’s CV inspires Scientific American to urge academics to be vocal about their setbacks.

Public Invited to Design Solutions to Our City’s Biggest Issues
Helping to solve complex urban problems in a way that puts people first, the UC San Diego Design Lab has launched a city-wide civic design challenge called “Design for San Diego,” or D4SD for short. Steven Dow of Cognitive Science said the challenge is focused on four related areas: enhancing the commuter experience, promoting walkable and bike-able communities, improving accessibility, and preparing for a future with autonomous vehicles. Times of San Diego reported on the initiative. The Sept. 21 kickoff event will feature our city’s Mayor and UC San Diego’s Chancellor.

High Schoolers Doing Better than Expected with New Graduation Requirement But Many Still Struggle
“Our latest report has both good news and bad news for the new college prep policy,” said Julian Betts of Economics, executive director of the San Diego Education Research Alliance (SanDERA). The new SanDERA report was covered by the Union-Tribune, KPBS and in two separate stories for Voice of San Diego.

EdelmanBreakthrough Clinical Psychology Program Funded by UC San Diego Alumnus
“We are always grateful whenever alumni give back to UC San Diego. Joe [Edelman]’s continued generosity has led to a unique partnership between social sciences and health sciences in the area of mental health training,” said Dean Carol Padden. “This program is designed to provide psychology undergraduates with a rare opportunity for practical experience before they graduate.” KPBS radio reported on the opportunity; their Evening Edition TV report starts at minute 9:31.

Teacher Collaboration Can Improve Student Outcomes, Reduce Teacher Turnover
Amanda Datnow and Alan Daly of Educations Studies are cited in new resources released by Public Agenda and the Spencer Foundation to help advance teaching and learning by fostering collaboration among teachers. The research report is available as a PDF.

Post-DACA: How Congress Can Replace Obama’s Program and Make it Even Better
Immediately following the current administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, Wayne Cornelius of Political Science outlines how to provide permanent protection from deportation for the Dreamers. The op-ed was the second for Cornelius on DACA, with the Los Angeles Times printing “Ending DACA would be mean-spirited and shortsighted – even for Trump” on the eve of the administration’s announcement. Cornelius also wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Times about the skills needed for so-called “low-skilled” jobs, and he was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times on the “wall dividing San Diego and Tijuana.”

Free Online Class Teaches How to Be a Better Parent – and a Better Consumer of Parenting Advice
“My goal is to train students to reason about the science of parenting – how to be savvy consumers of science,” said David Barner of Psychology and Linguistics. His free, online course “The Science of Parenting” launched mid-August on the edX platform. On Sept. 7, Barner hosted an “Ask Me Anything” live chat on Reddit about the course and parenting in general. Enrollment in the class is ongoing.

UC San Diego 6th College Returns to Campus Roots
The Union-Tribune highlighted progress on the future home of the Division of Social Sciences, the “North Torrey Pines Living & Learning Neighborhood.”

Did Climate Change Bring Down Late Bronze Age Civilizations?
Thomas Levy of Anthropology spoke to Hakai Magazine as lead on a project in Greece for the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology, a joint endeavor between the Division of Social Sciences and Scripps Oceanography. In other center-related news, Levy is carrying the Explorers Club Flag on a Desert Land and Sea Expedition in Israel.

Design Lab Faculty to Launch NSF-Funded Graduate Education Project
A new project will teach incoming graduate students how to program in the era of big data. The project’s principal investigator is James Hollan of Cognitive Science, co-founder of the Design Lab, who leads a team including cognitive scientists Scott Klemmer, Philip Guo and Bradley Voytek.

New UC San Diego Foundation Board Trustees Inspire Philanthropy
Psychology alumnus Marc Brutten is one of eight new and returning trustees.

Locals Watch Closely as NAFTA Negotiations Begin
James Hamilton of Economics said he hopes there is “nothing too radical” in any potential changes to the trade agreement.

How SANDAG’s Former Leader, Gary Gallegos, Became a Lightning Rod
“There are a lot of accomplishments under his directorship,” Steve Erie of Political Science said to the Union-Tribune.

New UC San Diego Provosts Announced
Congratulations to K. Wayne Yang of Ethnic Studies, new acting provost of John Muir College, and Ann Craig of Political Science, new interim provost of Sixth College. Their appointments were effective Sept. 1, 2017.

Drawing the Line: The Short- and Long-Term Consequences of Partitioning India
Prashant Bharadwaj of Economics publishes an article in VoxDev outlining the economic and political consequences of the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947.

Democratic Infighting Between Establishment, Progressives Sweeping Country
Political scientist Thad Kousser spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle, saying interparty fighting should not be surprising.

The Super-Sized Spoiler That Couldn't Sink Terminator 2
Research from 2011 by Nicholas Christenfeld of Psychology continues to be cited, this time in a report for IGN, an entertainment media company.

After Charlottesville, What Will the College Republicans Stand For?
In the wake of the white nationalist rally in Virginia, the Chronicle of Higher Education spoke with Amy Binder of Sociology as well as Ph.D. alumnus Jeffrey Kidder, now at Northern Illinois University, about the future of College Republicans.

What America Would Look Like if it Guaranteed Everyone a Job
Vox features research in India led by Karthik Muralidharan and Paul Niehaus of Economics.

AP/Craig RuttleDACA Recipients’ Economic and Educational Gains Continue to Grow
In the largest survey to date of DACA recipients, Tom Wong of Political Science – with the Center for American Progress, United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center – shows that recipients continue to make positive and significant contributions to the economy, which benefits all. “The available evidence couldn’t be clearer: DACA positively impacts the lives of recipients, their families, and the American economy more broadly,” Wong said. The research received wide coverage, both leading up to and immediately following the administration’s decision to end the program. And Wong was interviewed and cited repeatedly, including the New York Times, two separate stories for the Union-Tribune (here and here), three for KPBS (here, here and here) and KUSI. Additional highlights include NBC News (here and here), Science Magazine, Mother Jones, Yahoo! News, USA Today, The Daily Beast, Bustle, The Scientist, El Tecolote, Vox and the San Francisco Chronicle, among many others.

Amazon’s Turker Crowd Has Had Enough
Wired cites work by Lilly Irani of Communication. Irani is one of the creators of the popular “Turkopticon” plugin, advocating for fair payment and open communication policies for Amazon workers.

GartzkeUC San Diego’s Center for Peace and Security Studies Receives $3.3 Million Grant
Led by Erik Gartzke of Political Science, the Center for Peace and Security Studies is poised to become one of the leading sources of insight about the emerging logic of cyberwar and military automation. Gartzke participated in a Q&A about the center and support from the Charles Koch Foundation for the Union-Tribune, covered as well by the Times of San Diego, the La Jolla Patch, KUSI, San Diego Business Journal, Cal News and Philanthropy News Digest, among others.

Times Higher Education Ranks UC San Diego Fifth Best Public University in the World
The campus also went up 10 spots in the overall international rankings.

BrownHow Federal Budget Cuts Threaten San Diego Economy
Vice Chancellor of Research Sandra Brown of Psychology writes this op-ed in the Union-Tribune, saying UC San Diego researchers have been critical in transforming San Diego into one of the most innovative regions in the world.


Mica PollockProfessor Writes to Boy Scouts
An open letter in the Washington Post online from Mica Pollock of Education Studies and CREATE. Pollock urges thinking critically not only about Trump’s speech at the National Jamboree but also about any speech by anyone: “I ask a basic question about everything people say. Does this talk support each and all of us, or not?”

Watching Children Learn How to Lie
Writing in the Conversation, Gail Heyman of Psychology describes her recent study investigating the emergence of the ability to deceive in early childhood.

Nature Names UC San Diego a Top 15 Research Institution Worldwide
The prestigious scientific journal praises the campus for its research output and real-world impact. Environmental economist Richard Carson’s work valuing the BP oil spill was featured in the UC San Diego announcement.

2017 #StudentAstronaut Winner
Congratulations to Julia Velasquez! An Education Studies student at UC San Diego and an advocate for the Deaf community, Velasquez won Xploration Station’s student astronaut contest. She’s headed to Hawaii to train like a Mars astronaut.

Students working on problems togetherUC San Diego Hosts Regional Education Leaders, Tackling Common Math Barrier to Student Success
“Zeroing in on Intermediate Algebra/Integrated III: A Problem-Solving Symposium” on Aug. 11 brought together educators from dozens of K-12 schools, all 10 of the region’s community colleges, and the area’s four-year universities to develop new pathways for student success in math. The San Diego Math Network and CREATE, led by Mica Pollock and Susan Yonezawa, organized the symposium. Yonezawa appeared on KPBS Midday Edition to discuss, and you can follow the conversation on Twitter using #ZeroSD17. Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, who spoke at the event, wrote a summary for his blog.

Technology Is Transforming What Happens When a Child Goes to School
In the Economist, Karthik Muralidharan’s recent research on the impact of technology-aided instruction in India is featured. Muralidharan gave a talk on the work for a Design@Large lecture, recorded and posted by The Design Lab.

'Map' of neurons sorted by DNA methylationScientists Find New Way to Map Differences in the Brain
A Salk Institute for Biological Studies and UC San Diego team studied epigenetic changes in the DNA of individual neurons, identifying novel types. The study gives the most detailed information yet on what makes one brain cell different from its neighbor. Eran Mukamel and graduate student Christopher Keown of Cognitive Science are co-authors on the research. Covering the study were the Union-Tribune, Medical News Today, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, among others.

GOP Plan to Slash Legal Immigration Wins Trump’s Support
Sociologist John Skrentny of the Yankelovich Center and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies weighs in on a proposed bill that would prioritize “merit.” Skrentny was also featured in an in-depth Q&A in The Atlantic on the same subject.

20 Attorneys General Write to Trump, Urging Him to Keep DACA
NPR reports on a letter from 20 state attorneys general asking the administration to keep the DACA program. The official letter, citing research by Tom Wong of Political Science, is here (PDF).

In Politics, Indirect Argument Appears Most Effective
China social media research by Margaret (Molly) Roberts of Political Science is explored.

BCC Welcomes New Leader
Anthropology Ph.D. alumna Eva Bagg is the new superintendent and president of Barstow Community College.

Trump Sounds Like Pete Wilson – and That Scares Calif. GOP
“California voters are explicitly reacting against the direction of the modern Republican Party,” said Thad Kousser of Political Science in The Hill.

Economics RoundtableAug. 23, 7:30 a.m.: Economics Roundtable
Sandra Krieger, former executive vice president and chief risk officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, will discuss “Facing Financial Meltdown: Reflections of a Central Bank Risk Officer.”

Community Watch and Comment
Amy Binder of Sociology appeared on the Aug. 3 program of Oh My Government’s “Community Watch and Comment,” on WPFW radio.

California Will Model a New Approach for the Nation
With a UC Berkeley colleague, Marisa Abrajano of Political Science will work with six community organizations across the state to develop best practices for enhancing voter engagement.

Watching Others Wash Their Hands May Relieve OCD Symptoms
Work by V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology was cited in the New Scientist.

Darrell Issa Was Obama’s Toughest Critic. Here’s Why He’s Suddenly Sounding Like a Moderate
Political scientist Steven Erie said Issa needs to mend fences in San Diego County, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Appointment of Interim Dean of Undergraduate Education
Muir College Provost John Moore of Linguistics has been appointed Interim Dean of Undergraduate Education, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

Program ModelUCSD Superfund Research Center Funded for Five More Years
The center studies the impact of environmental toxicants on human health. Keith Pezzoli of Communication and of Urban Studies and Planning leads the community engagement and research translation efforts.

Are the Foul-Mouthed Among Us, Like the deposed Mooch, More Honest?
“Profanity may leave a good impression in certain ways, but our impressions are not reality,” writes Benjamin Bergen of Cognitive Science in a Los Angeles Times op-ed (linked above). Separately, Bergen spoke with the New York Times about “The Case for Cursing.” Also, Bergen is a featured author at the Aug. 26 San Diego Festival of Books.

“Is There a STEM Worker Crisis? Science and Engineering Workforce Development in the U.S.”
John Skrentny of Sociology presented work at the UC Center Sacramento on July 12. The presentation and video are linked on the event page above.

Is Guaranteed Income for All the Answer to Joblessness and Poverty?
“What’s interesting about basic income is that, coincidentally, it’s a conversation people are having all the way from Silicon Valley, where they are worried about job loss to robots, to some of the poorest countries in the world,” said Paul Niehaus of Economics in Scientific American.

Design Lab Awarded NSF Grant
The National Science Foundation has awarded $4.8 million for 10 new projects; one will be led by Jim Hollan of Cognitive Science to train graduate students in data science and design.


Cities Fight Texas Immigration Law in Federal Court
Political scientist Tom Wong testified in the federal case over Texas Senate Bill 4, SB4, which in part prohibits sanctuary cities. In court, as reported by Courthouse News, Wong said that “recent ICE raids have pushed undocumented immigrants and their U.S. citizen children into the shadows.” Multiple outlets reported on the trial, including The Atlantic’s CityLab, Hoy Los Angeles, Al Dia Dallas.

Teaching Students Across Disciplines to Detect, Map and Characterize Changes to the Earth
Anthropology graduate student Brady Liss and his classwork with the UC San Diego Big Pixel Initiative was included in a Google Earth and Earth Engine blog post.

StudentAstronaut Finalist
Julia Velasquez of Education Studies, who is working on her master’s in ASL-English bilingual education, is a finalist in Xploration Station’s 4th annual #StudentAstronaut contest.  “It's been a lifelong dream of mine to become the first deaf astronaut,” she says in this Q&A on the TV show’s website. You can also view Velasquez’s entry video at the link above. The contest winner will be flown to Hawaii for an overnight stay at the HI-SEAS Mars habitat, experiencing what daily life will be like for the first inhabitants of the red planet, and will be featured in a special episode of Xploration Outer Space.

Mashing up Tech for Humans
Cognitive Science alumna Vivienne Ming looks to artificial intelligence and neuroprosthetics to augment humans, Silicon Republic reports.

Engendering Empathy, Begetting Backlash
UC San Diego political scientist Claire Adida presented her ongoing research on U.S. attitudes toward Syrian refugees at the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship. Also working on the project is a former student of Adida’s, Political Science alumna Adeline Lo.

Dude, Women Know Stuff
Reporting on a recent paper by the organizers of Women Also Know Stuff, a movement in political science that seeks to correct bias in the discipline, Inside Higher Ed included an interesting anecdote about political scientist David Lake: Lake, president of the American Political Science Association, wrote an email to the paper’s authors after they launched their website last year thanking them for their efforts and explaining how the site helped him with his paper.

‘Our Economies Are Completely Tied’: Why Trump’s Threats Worry Business Leaders
As reported in the Voice of San Diego: The close trading partnership between Mexico and the United States means that Mexican markets and U.S. markets usually do well alongside each other, said economist Marc Muendler.

Israel: State of Denial
Opinion piece by sociologist Gershon Shafir on “occupation denialism” in the Israeli magazine called +972. The publication is named after the international dialing code shared by Israel and the Palestinian territories.

10 Top Designers on the iPhone’s Real Legacy
“The most interesting aspect of smartphones is how seldom they are used as phones,” said Don Norman of Cognitive Science and the Design Lab at UC San Diego. Interviewed by Fast Company’s Co. Design, on the occasion of the iPhone’s 10th birthday, Norman also critiques the device’s design and says its real success is the invention of the App Store.

Alert System for Seniors Takes First Place at 2nd Design Competition
On June 10, 2017, interdisciplinary teams from Cognitive Science and the Jacobs School of Engineering presented prototypes of innovative products designed to improve the lives of senior citizens. The undergraduate teams presented to an audience of alumni, members of the La Costa Glen senior retirement community and the UC San Diego Retirees Association.

The Price of Studying at Private Schools
Research on private schools by economist Karthik Muralidharan is cited in an India Today Q&A with a University College London professor of education economics and international development.

Intensifying Heat Waves Highlight Deeper Concerns About Climate Change
Research led by Political Science alumnus Nick Obradovich, showing how an increase in temperatures can interrupt sleep, could have implications for public health and the economy.

Single-Payer Health Care Put on Hold in California
Political scientist Thad Kousser chimed in on the politics surrounding the California legislation introduced this year. His comments were then cited in The New American. Later, Kousser was interviewed by the California Healthline for a report on a nurses association that is not giving up on the state’s “single-payer push.”

Can We Talk? Some Advice on Negotiating Online Health Chat Rooms
UC San Diego Health cites political scientist James Fowler and his book, “Connected,” saying a key factor in determining our health is the health of others.

On the Eve of Garcetti's Inauguration, Soaring Ambition Meets a Sober Reality
“It’s a long jump from being mayor to being president,” said Steve Erie of Political Science following the swearing in of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Political Analysis Editors’ Choice Award
A paper by Yiqing Xu of Political Science has been selected by the editors of Political Analysis as one that provides “an especially significant contribution to political methodology.”

A ‘Very Credible’ New Study on Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Has Bad News for Liberals
The Washington Post (linked above) was the first to report on a new minimum-wage study, inviting Jeffrey Clemens of Economics to comment. Clemens was quoted in many other outlets, including FiveThirtyEight and the Los Angeles Times, with the latter story focused on what might happen with the rise of minimum wage in Los Angeles.

Lane KenworthyDemocrats’ Internal Dispute Over the White Working Class Is About to Get Real
In the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, Lane Kenworthy of Sociology “cautioned that while Democrats’ proposals would shore up ordinary households' finances and bring down inequality, they might not improve employment and economic growth.”

Basic Income Could Empower Millions of Indians, but India May Find Cost too High
“If you can reliably get cash to people, it is one of the most effective interventions to improve people’s lives,” said Paul Niehaus of Economics to India’s Sify.


Bonkers for Bonobos
A San Diego Reader cover story on the “zoo’s once-forgotten apes” includes projects undertaken by cognitive scientist Federico Rossano’s Comparative Cognition Lab to study the social life of these and other primates. What is it like to grow up as a baby bonobo versus a human child, for example, or what are the characteristics of shared activity?
Are the Rich Really Less Generous Than the Poor?
Freakonomics features economist Jim Andreoni (with a side of Leonard Cohen).

Dalai Lama to New Grads: Create a Happier World
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama delivered the keynote address to 25,000 graduates and their families June 17 at the university’s  All Campus Commencement. He was followed on the stage by Political Science and Sociology graduate Ricky Flahive. As this year’s student speaker, Flahive shared his story of being a first-generation, low-income student who wasn’t sure he would even graduate high school. Earlier, Flahive spoke about his excitement for the much-anticipated visit from the Dalai Lama.

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Announced
The American Council of Learned Societies has announced the 2017 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows, which include Communication Ph.D. graduate Kara Wentworth. Each fellow takes a two-year, full-time position with a partnering non-profit organization or government agency, working in the fields of policy, civil rights, arts and culture, and the media. Wentworth has been appointed as a strategic impact analyst at Twin Cities PBS.

Familiar Faces Look Happier Than Unfamiliar Ones
It’s a cheesy pick-up line: “Haven’t I seen you somewhere before?” It might also be something that profoundly alters how we perceive other people. According to new research from UC San Diego published in Psychological Science, familiar faces look happier to us than unfamiliar ones. Evan Carr led the research as part of his doctoral studies in Psychology and Cognitive Science. Co-authors are Timothy Brady and Piotr Winkielman, both of Psychology.

Renaming Non-Communicable Diseases
Janis Jenkins and graduate student Ellen Kozelka of Anthropology publish a letter in The Lancet.
Appointment of John Skrentny as Director of the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research
From Dean Carol Padden, to campus: “I am pleased to announce that John D. Skrentny, a professor in our Department of Sociology, has agreed to serve as director of the division’s Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research. We are grateful to fellow sociologist Lane Kenworthy for stewarding the center for the past two years.”

Trump’s Reversal of U.S. Policy on Cuba
Wayne Cornelius of Political Science weighs in with a letter to the editor of the New York Times.

Democrats Look to Bridge Divide as They Challenge Trump
In the San Francisco Chronicle, Thad Kousser of Political Science helps explain the state of the Democratic Party, saying, “The current unpopularity of Donald Trump has masked over a party that’s been in free fall below the presidential level.”

DWP Contract Could Spark Costly Demands from Other City Unions
“Voters have short memories,” said Steve Erie of Political Science in the Los Angeles Times, responding to whether the contract could affect municipal elections. “Several years out is an eternity.”

Colleges Must Provide Counseling After a Student Suicide
Dubbing the phenomenon “the Werther effect,” sociologist David Phillips showed in 1974 that the number of suicides seems to rise after other, well-publicized suicides. “Hearing about suicide seems to make those who are vulnerable feel they have the permission to do it,” Phillips said.

June 28-30: Talking Research – Improving Science Dialogue

The Research Communications Program continues with a three-day intensive workshop led by Kim Rubinstein of Theatre and Dance. Faculty and post-docs are invited to register here.

San Diego Archaeologists Are Going Underwater for a Deeper Look at Humanity’s Past
KPBS took a look at the region’s efforts to support marine archaeology, including the recent launch of an effort co-led by the Division of Social Sciences, the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology. Thomas Levy of Anthropology is co-director. He discusses plans to explore a submerged Israeli port that might have been an important trade hub during the time of kings David and Solomon.

 Ricky FlahiveAll Campus Commencement Student Speaker Ricky Flahive
Richard “Ricky” Flahive, who will earn degrees in both Political Science and Sociology, is a peer mentor and aspiring community leader whose story is one of happy persistence despite countless hurdles.

UC San Diego’s Connections with the Dalai Lama Run Deep
“He is very quick to laugh, and that is a wonderful way of diffusing tension and inviting people to have perspective on a situation,” said Lera Boroditsky of Cognitive Science, who presented on her research to the Dalai Lama in India in 2015. “That is a wonderful personal quality that a lot of people could emulate.”

Teaching ToleranceSchooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About – and to – Students Every Day
The summer issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, features a book excerpt by Mica Pollock of Education Studies and CREATE.

E-Connection Is Here!
In case you haven’t check it out yet: the Spring issue of the Social Sciences E-Connection newsletter includes a feature on cognitive scientist Marta Kutas, aka “Dr. Seuss of Science,” and a message from Dean Carol Padden, “We’re Old Hands at Setting New Trends.”

Thomas LevyIndiana Jones Meets the Sea
The Department of Anthropology and Scripps Institution of Oceanography have joined forces to launch the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology. Researchers with the center, including co-director Thomas Levy and Isabel Rivera-Collazo of Anthropology, will conduct fieldwork at key underwater and coastal archaeological sites around the world, studying the complex interactions of marine environments and human cultures. “With social scientists and marine scientists working together in one center, we will be studying the relationship between society and the sea from both angles, increasing our knowledge of the past for a better future,” said Dean Carol Padden. Times of San Diego reported on the launch. Separately, a Q&A with Levy about the CAVEkiosk ran in the university library’s newsletter (PDF).”

DJ Patil on Campus for Alumni Weekend
The former chief data scientist for the Obama White House, who was on campus to receive a UC San Diego Alumni honor, joined cognitive scientist Bradley Voytek for a discussion that was broadcast live on Facebook (linked above). DJ Patil also served as one of the judges for special final project presentations by students from Voytek’s first ever “Data Science in Practice” class.

Half Century of Occupation coverIsrael’s ‘Temporary’ Occupation Has Lasted 50 Years. A New Book Explains Why.
Gershon Shafir of Sociology writes in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog about the subject of his new book, “A Half Century of Occupation: Israel, Palestine and the World’s Most Intractable Conflict.” Separately, Shafir was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle regarding a hunger strike in an Israeli prison.

Renowned Anthropologist Ted Schwartz Donates his Papers to UC San Diego
Theodore Schwartz of Anthropology has donated his personal papers to the UC San Diego Library, reports the Union-Tribune, including materials that date to when he studied primitive cultures in the South Pacific with Margaret Mead.

Response to the April 30 La Jolla Shooting
A letter from UC San Diego faculty, including several from the Division of Social Sciences, was published in The Triton, an independent, student-run news source, addressing the “the inherence of race to this mass shooting.”

Bay Area news GroupCalifornia Democrats Wrestle with Proposal to Replace Private Health Insurance
The single-payer issue presents an opportunity and a challenge for the Democratic Party as it tries to regain control of Congress in 2018, said Thad Kousser of Political Science. It could help mobilize people who otherwise don’t show up at the polls, he said, but could also knock out centrist Dems in the primary who have the best shot at winning a general election. In a separate story, Kousser discussed potential candidates for California governor.

Californians Divided on Russia Probe, Poll Shows
“Since [special counsel Robert] Mueller hasn’t done anything yet, he hasn’t offended either side,” said Gary Jacobson of Political Science in a story leading up to former FBI director James Comey’s testimony.

Border Patrol on Tijuana River Gains Respect From Enviros
Oscar Romo of Urban Studies and Planning comments on the ongoing controversy involving clean water in the region’s river.

Inductee imagesUC San Diego Will Add Four to Athletics Hall of Fame
UC San Diego Athletics will honor three Division of Social Sciences athlete alumni in October: softball player Dana Chaiken of Communication, swimmer and diver Rosanna Delurgio of Human Development and basketball player Tim Rapp of Political Science.

HKS and Clark Construction to Design-Build New Living and Learning Neighborhood
UC San Diego has selected HKS and Clark Construction to lead the design-build of the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, the future home of the Division of Social Sciences and several of its departments.

Jessica Arroyo2017 Outstanding Graduates
The story includes Jessica Arroyo of Education Studies, who derives her passion for social justice and teaching from personal experience.

Why One Mexican Woman Decided to ‘Self-Deport,’ Long Before Trump
“These policies are designed to increase anxiety, they’re designed to create fear in immigrant communities,” said sociologist David FitzGerald, co-director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies. “The government knows they’ll never be able to go out and deport the unauthorized population – and one of their stated hopes is that people will self-deport.”

Award honoreesAPA Awards
Three Urban Studies and Planning students each received a $1,000 scholarship from the San Diego Section of the American Planning Association. The students are Mark Anderberg, Isabel Ignacio and Vincent Page.

June 23: Working with Your Public Information Officer
Hope to see you at this lunch-hour presentation of the UC San Diego Research Communications Program.

June 28-30: Talking Research – Improving Science Dialogue
The Research Communications Program continues with a three-day intensive workshop led by Kim Rubinstein of Theatre and Dance. Faculty and post-docs are invited to register here.

 Losing Sleep Over Climate Change
Climate change may keep you awake – and not just metaphorically. Nights that are warmer than normal can harm human sleep, researchers show in a new paper, with the poor and elderly most affected. In the future, rising temperatures may cause even more sleep loss. Nick Obradovich, an alumnus of Political Science now at Harvard’s Kennedy School and the MIT Media Lab, conducted much of the research while a doctoral student at UC San Diego. He was inspired to investigate the effect of climate on sleep during the heat wave that hit San Diego in October 2015. The study, published by Science Advances, was covered by the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Popular Science, The Atlantic and many more.

Up to 600,000 Immigrants in U.S. South May Have Path to Legal Status
“As we ramp up immigration enforcement in the United States, we should take this figure and remind ourselves that we shouldn't deport first and then ask questions,” said Tom Wong of Political Science to Reuters. Wong conducted a statistical review of immigrant screenings for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. The Austin American-Statesman, meanwhile, cited Wong’s report showing there are fewer crimes in sanctuary cities.

Don’t Count on Your Chickens Counting
To understand numbers, you need culture, says cognitive scientist Rafael Nunez. In a paper featured on the cover of Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Nunez takes on the conventional wisdom in the field right now – a widely accepted view in cognitive neuroscience, child psychology and animal cognition that there is a biologically evolved capacity for number and arithmetic that we share with other species. CBC (Canada), Cosmos magazine (Australia) and Inverse, among others, ran stories.

New Collaboration Focuses on Refugee Stories, Experiences and Humanity
Led by Yen Le Espiritu of Ethnic Studies, the UC-wide Critical Refugee Studies Collective is featured.

June 1, 4 p.m.: Women as Leaders: Do They Make a Difference?
In collaboration with the Office of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Division of Social Sciences, the Department of Psychology presents Alice Eagly of Northwestern University, the second speaker in a series on the Science of Human Diversity. RSVP to the talk in the link above, which will be held in the Crick Room of Mandler Hall.

Will Single-payer Health Care in California Help the Economy?
“Americans want everyone to receive health care, but nobody wants to pay for it,” says James Hamilton of Economics in the Union-Tribune.

Space of Detention book coverCentral American Gangs Like MS-13 Were Born out of Failed Anti-crime Policies
Elana Zilberg of Communication has her book “Space of Detention: The Making of a Transnational Gang Crisis between Los Angeles and San Salvador” cited in this op-ed published in The Conversation.

Border Patrol Agents Said Tijuana Sewage Problem Worse Now Than in Previous Decades
To the Union-Tribune, Oscar Romo of Urban Studies and Planning said he has seen septic companies dump waste into the Tijuana River’s main channel at night.

Data, Teachers’ Allegations Undermine Gompers’ College-Ready Promise
An inewsource report includes former CREATE Director Bud Mehan of Sociology. A Communication undergraduate is featured in a follow-up story.

Excavation teamUC San Diego Researchers Discover Human Burials and Artifacts in Ancient Mycenaean Tomb
The discovery was made at the site of an ancient village by a team of archaeologists led by Thomas Levy of Anthropology, who directs the Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability at the Qualcomm Institute.

California Democratic Chair Race Angers ‘Berniecrats’
In the Associated Press, Thad Kousser of Political Science says the Democratic Party could suffer if tensions linger, as a unified, excited membership has a huge impact on a political party.

Ken KronerHi, I’m Ken
Triton magazine publishes a letter to UC San Diego alumni from Ken Kroner, alumnus of Economics and chair of the International Leadership Committee for the Campaign for UC San Diego.

From the Alumni President
UC San Diego Alumni Board President Robert Brownlie, an Economics alumnus, gives his take on the Campaign for UC San Diego and why alumni should get involved.

This Is Your Nontradition
A look back at the history of campus, from its seafaring roots, a spaceship library and the establishment of the Cognitive Science department, all in the name of science: It’s what makes us “us” – the research firsts and campus quirks that make up our nontradition.

Barnard Chooses a Leader Whose Research Focuses on Women
The New York Times publishes an announcement of the new president of Barnard College, Sian Beilock. Beilock is an alumna of Cognitive Science. The Wall Street Journal also ran a story.


4 Key Lessons from France’s Presidential Election
Writing in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, William Chandler and current Ph.D. student Veronica Hoyo of Political Science highlight voter abstention, a changing French party system and the upcoming June legislative elections. Hoyo is also a research associate at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies.

UC San Diego Researchers Selected for IBM Watson AI XPRIZE ® Competition
Jeff Elman of Cognitive Science and Tim Gentner of Psychology are part of the team.

Immigrants, Unions March in US for Rights, Against Trump
Tom Wong of Political Science said to the Associated Press that the administration’s focus on immigration is generating more support for immigrant rights advocates. “Every pivot back to the issue of immigration gives the immigrant rights movement another opportunity to make its best pitch to the public,” he said.

The Dalai Lama Controversy Highlights the Absurdity of Safe Space Demands
Chinese students’ calls for the Tibetan leader to be barred from speaking at the UC San Diego show a flawed conception of accommodation and respect, says Communication alumnus and lecturer Ben Medeiros in this Times Higher Education op-ed.

Why Are Working Age Men Dropping Out of the Labor Force?
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on the May 2 Economics Roundtable and its speaker, James Furman, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Grad Students Show Lawmakers Value of UC Research
State lawmakers in Sacramento heard from Communication Ph.D. student Jahmese Fort during UC Graduate Research Advocacy Day April 19. Fort and Scripps Intuition of Oceanography graduate student Tashiana Osborne were part of the delegation of UC graduate students who traveled to the State Capitol to impress upon legislators the value of graduate research.

‘Game of Thrones’ Language Inventor to Teach Course at UC Berkeley
Linguistics alumnus David Peterson, who was a 2016 Emerging Leaders award winner from UC San Diego Alumni, is the man behind the invented languages featured in “Game of Thrones.”

2017 Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Announced
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has identified 10 emerging faculty leaders, including Anthropology alumna Sara Gonzalez. Gonzalez is currently an assistant professor at the University of Washington.

It’s Been a Messy Semester for Free Speech on Campus. What's Next?
Amy Binder of Sociology shares her expertise with the Chronicle of Higher Education, commenting on controversial speakers invited to speak at universities across the United States. The best practice to avoid blowups, she said, would be for universities to hold events despite the security costs. “I would also advise faculty, students, and those in the community to ignore the events and not even show up to protest, quite frankly,” she said.

Confused About Trump’s Border Wall? Here Are 7 Essential Reads
One of the essential reads appearing in this Salon round-up is by political scientist Wayne Cornelius.

Communicating Science 2017
Graduate students and postdocs are invited to apply now for the ComSciCon-SD workshop, to be held at UC San Diego in September 2017. The workshop is for young scholars who are interested in communicating science to an audience beyond their narrow academic discipline. Free for accepted applicants. Application deadline is June 15.

UC San Diego News CenterTalking Science
New research communications program seeks to improve the ability of faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and other researchers on campus to explain to the public the value of their work.

Language and Thought
In her work and in this news story, Lera Boroditsky of Cognitive Science answers the question “Does language shape the way we think?”


Philip GuoGeeking Out in the Golden Years
Philip Guo of Cognitive Science is eager to share his passion for programming with an unexpected and underserved demographic –adults age 60 and up. His paper, the first known study of older adults learning to code, has been selected for honorable mention by CHI, a leading conference on human-computer interaction.

Donald Trump’s Surprising Defense of International Norms
Writing in the Lawfare Blog, Center for Peace and Security Studies Director Erik Gartzke of Political Science discusses the current administration’s military strike in Syria. Gartzke is also included in a recent STRATCOM newsletter (PDF).

iStock photoAfter the Death of a Friend, Healing in a Social Network
Published in Nature Human Behavior, a study of 15,000 anonymized networks on Facebook suggests that human social structures are resilient to death. When a friend dies, we get closer to that person’s friends, with the network repairing itself in ways that keep our total connectedness the same. Alumnus William Hobbs conducted the research while a doctoral student in Political Science. The work was covered by Science, the Union-Tribune, New York Magazine, WebMD and The Atlantic, among others.

UC San Diego Professors Host Conference on Refugees and War
Organized by Yen Le Espiritu of Ethnic Studies, the first “Militarism & Migration” academic conference was presented in the City Heights neighborhood, at the East African Community and Cultural Center.

A Language Out of Nothing
Linguistics Ph.D. alumna Kathryn Davidson is featured on the cover of Harvard Magazine. The story highlights her passion for “the scientific study of language” and for helping to bring ASL teaching back to Harvard.

BP Oil SpillEconomists Price BP Oil Spill Damage to Natural Resources at $17.2 Billion
Environmental economist Richard Carson was one of the principal investigators on the study published in Science, improving valuation techniques that drive policy decisions.

There’s a Well-Funded Campus Industry Behind the Ann Coulter Incident
“In a classic case of ‘heads I win, tails you lose,’ conservative provocateur Ann Coulter emerged from last week’s events at Berkeley as a free-speech martyr,” writes Amy Binder of Sociology in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.

Democrats Could Tighten Grip on California Political Control
For the Associated Press (linked above), political scientist Thad Kousser said local government is “the next big partisan battlefield.” For U.S. News & World Report, Kousser commented on California’s gas-tax increase. And in the San Francisco Chronicle, Kousser weighed in on the president’s health-care agenda.

UC San Diego at March for ScienceBeyond the March for Science
Organizers and backers of local March for Science, including V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology and Diana Hereld of Psychology and Music, look at next steps to increase public engagement in support for science.

MPSA Award Recipients - 2017
The paper “Sources of Authoritarian Responsiveness: A Field Experiment in China” by Yiqing Xu of Political Science won the AJPS Best Article Award from the Midwest Political Science Association, which honors the best article appearing in the American Journal of Political Science. Xu and coauthors wrote this 2015 blog post about the research.

‘Le Racisme S’immisce Aisement et Regulierement dans les Processus Democratiques’
Sociologist David FitzGerald spoke with the French publication Liberation about his book “Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas.”

‘Pacemaker’ for the Brain Can Help Memory, Study Finds
Bradley Voytek of Cognitive Science, who was not involved in this specific research covered in the New York Times, says it gives “a blueprint for moving forward.”

The Art and Science of Classroom Transitions
For a new education series called “What Learning Looks Like,” cognitive scientist Gedeon Deak met with KPBS at UC San Diego’s Mesa Child Development Center to discuss cognitive flexibility in the preschool set.

Why the F*** Are You Talking S*** with Kids in the Room?
CNN cites Benjamin Bergen of Cognitive Science on the link between perceived honesty and profanity.

May 5: Extraordinary Variations of the Human Mind
Co-sponsored by the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) and the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, the symposium takes place from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Salk Institute. It will also be live webcast if you can’t attend in person.

A Will to Ensure Change
Local philanthropist David Gubser established a $200,000 endowment through his estate that will support scholarships for LGBT students and Critical Gender Studies majors.

HackathonHacking into a Lost World
Undergrads recreate at-risk archaeology sites in virtual reality as part of a hackathon co-organized by anthropologist Thomas Levy, director of the Center for Cyber-Archaeology & Sustainability. Check out each project as well.

Communicating Science 2017
Graduate students and postdocs are invited to apply now for the ComSciCon-SD workshop, to be held at UC San Diego in September 2017. The workshop is for young scholars who are interested in communicating science to an audience beyond their narrow academic discipline. Free for accepted applicants. Application deadline is June 15.


An Archaeological Perspective on Humans and Climate Change
UCTV: Isabel Rivera-Collazo of Anthropology focuses on understanding human resilience and adaptation to past environmental change as a lens through which we can view the future.

Times Higher Education Ranks UC San Diego No. 1 in the World
UC San Diego is listed first in a new Times Higher Education ranking of institutions that were founded between 1945 and 1966. The ranking cites the university’s innovative approach to education, including the establishment of the world’s first Department of Cognitive Science.

Valerie RameyAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects UC San Diego Chancellor and Three Professors
Molecular biologist James Kadonaga, economist Valerie Ramey and artist Faith Ringgold, along with Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, become new members of the prestigious society.

$1M Grant from Mellon Foundation to Expand Cross-Border Work
In an era of wall-building, they are breaking boundaries and engineering bridges. Fonna Forman of Political Science and Teddy Cruz of Visual Arts are creating links between the university and marginalized communities straddling the U.S.-Mexico border. Where some see chaos and crisis, Cruz and Forman see the future. The border region, they say, is an ideal site for tackling urban inequality.

Marching for Science
Members of the UC San Diego community gear up for April 22 March for Science in San Diego and Washington D.C. One of the featured speakers at the San Diego march will be V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology.

Are the Rich More Selfish Than the Rest of Us?
Not so fast, writes James Andreoni of Economics in The Conversation. Discussing their field experiment published as an NBER working paper, Andreoni and co-authors go on to explain that the rich may be no different than the poor.

CREATECelebrating Breakthrough Teaching at UC San Diego
CREATE reports on its successful fourth annual teaching and learning conference, co-hosted by the Department of Education Studies. Called “Breakthrough Teaching for Student Success,” the conference celebrated classroom teaching innovations and attendees expressed appreciation for “hands-on, experiential sessions” that could have immediate positive impact in their classrooms.

UC Toasts its Inaugural Class of Presidential Public Service Fellows
The University of California’s first group of Presidential Public Service Fellows came together at the Office of the President to be honored for their service and to share their internship experiences. Dejanay Wayne, an undergraduate double major in Communication and Ethnic Studies who hopes to be an education leader, landed a paid internship at the National Education Association. “My experience was nothing less than marvelous,” Wayne said.

California’s Gas Tax Hike Shows Governor’s Political Skill
In an Associated Press news article, Thad Kousser of Political Science said Gov. Brown and his legislative partners cleared a high hurdle by winning passage for a much broader tax package.

Found: Fresh Clues to Mystery of King Solomon’s Mines
National Geographic reports on a study from the University of Tel Aviv that lends support to the Biblical telling of events. The story quotes Thomas Levy of Anthropology, who has also been working on ancient mining in the region.

Why Are UC San Diego Scientists Disguising Themselves as Empty Car Seats?
Cognitive scientists from the Design Lab – Don Norman, Jim Hollan and Colleen Emmenegger – plan to study how other motorists and pedestrians react to the sight of “driverless” research vehicles.

San Diego Unified’s Jaw-Dropping Grad Rate Is Now Official
Voice of San Diego continues its coverage of graduation rates for San Diego Unified School District, citing an initial study led by Julian Betts of Economics and SANDERA.

The Sherlock Holmes of Neuroscience
India’s Swarajya magazine features V.S. Ramachandran of Psychology.

7th Annual Integrity Award Recipients
The 2017recipients of an award honoring outstanding contributions in support of UC San Diego’s commitment to integrity include Political Science graduate student Abigail Vaughn and Social Sciences undergraduate student Sierra Lee.

Is San Diego Headed for a Luxury-hotel Glut?
James Hamilton of Economics comments on two Union-Tribune economy questions, including the first regarding a potential “luxury-hotel glut.” Hamilton said “no” to that question (linked above). He also answered a second: “Will a rising minimum wage promote more spending to make up for lost jobs?”

April 19, 3 p.m.: Spring Quarterly Conversations in Global Health
An interdisciplinary panel that includes Isabel Rivera-Collazo of Anthropology will discuss “Climate Change and Health.”

April 20, 4 p.m.: First Things First! The Urgent Need to Reimagine Primary Education
The Department of Education Studies invites attendees to join in a discussion with Ruby Takanishi about transforming America’s primary schools to better meet the needs of all learners.

April 21-23: Militarism and Migration Conference
The conference, taking place in San Diego’s City Heights, will “include workshops, panels, discussions, film showings, art exhibits, performances, and presentations exploring the connection between militarism and migration within the urgent context of ongoing transnational struggles.” Yen Le Espiritu of Ethnic Studies is conference co-organizer.

May 2, 7:30 a.m.: Economics Roundtable
Jason Furman, former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, will discuss “The Decline of Men Working: Why It Is Happening, What It Means, and What to Do About It.”

May 9, 12 p.m.: Horizons of Global Health Research Symposium
In conjunction with the Study Abroad in Global Health Field Experience Expo, view students’ research posters highlighting the diversity of global health work done around the world, and listen to a keynote speaker address the topic of “Global Health and Climate Change.”

Trump’s Bid to Control Mexican Immigration
In this video interview, ABC (Australia) talks to David FitzGerald of Sociology and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies.

New Superintendent Takes Charge at Poway Unified
Psychology alumna Marian Kim-Phelps reflects on her career in the Union-Tribune.

Group Gives Cash Aid to Rural Kenyans, Then Studies its Effects
PBS NewsHour goes in-depth and on-site to talk with recipients of aid from GiveDirectly, co-founded by Paul Niehaus of Economics.

SchoolTalk Words Matter: The Repercussions of What We Say – And Don’t Say – About Students
Mica Pollock of Education Studies and CREATE discusses her book “Schooltalk” with the National Education Association.

Stopping the Death Spiral
In considering what policies can stop health insurance markets from going down the drain, the American Economic Association spoke with economist Jeffrey Clemens on how different policies interact, sometimes with unintended consequences.

The Future of Not Working
The New York Times Magazine takes an in-depth look at GiveDirectly, co-founded by Paul Niehaus of Economics, and its experiment with universal income.

UC San Diego News CenterLearning Equality Awarded $5M Through Google.org Global Education Commitment
Jamie Alexandre, co-founder and executive director of Learning Equality, is a Cognitive Science alumnus. Learning Equality is currently based at the Qualcomm Institute Innovation Space. Alexandre wrote about the award on the nonprofit’s blog.

Should Sanctuary Cities Lose Federal Funding?
As the current administration threatens to withhold federal grant money from so-called “Sanctuary Cities,” Center for American Progress research by political scientist Tom Wong that analyzes the effects of sanctuary policies on crime and the economy continues to be cited. In addition to mentions by the Business Insider and Desert Sun, Reuters looks at how some cities are looking to respond. Wong’s work on DACA benefits also continues to be covered.

UC San Diego news photoThe Art of Transformation
Hatchly Galindo Morenom, a current Political Science student, helps unveil three new murals at the Raza Resource Centro, where she interns.

UC San Diego Students, Alumni Launch Kickstarter Campaign for Smart Mirror
Economics alumnus Josh Cohenzadeh and engineering alumnus Noah Martin ran across the concept of a voice-controlled smart mirror while looking for a way into the Internet of Things market.

April 5, 6 p.m.: ‘Bass Clef Bliss: Terrence’s Path’
Education Studies is partnering with UC San Diego Athletics to promote a screening of “Bass Clef Bliss” during Autism Awareness Month. Held at the Price Center theater, the reception and screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, the stars of the film – Terrence Patridge and his mother, Therese Davis – as well as Shana Cohen of Education Studies and Leanne Chukoskie of the Institute for Neural Computation.

Triton 5K race photoApril 9: Triton 5K
If you like the idea of having fun while raising funds for student scholarships, TEAM SOC SCI will see you at the Triton 5K. Running not required. Music, food, drink and Fun Zone are also part of the day.

April 21-23: Militarism and Migration Conference
The conference, taking place in San Diego’s City Heights, will “include workshops, panels, discussions, film showings, art exhibits, performances, and presentations exploring the connection between militarism and migration within the urgent context of ongoing transnational struggles.” Yen Le Espiritu of Ethnic Studies is conference co-organizer. A conference launch event on campus, on April 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., features a discussion panel of Ethnic Studies graduate students and keynote by Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian of Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

GershonThe Israeli Settler Movement Isn’t Much of a Movement
“In short, the settlement project has not created the conditions for the annexation of the West Bank to Israel nor made it inevitable,” writes Gershon Shafir of Sociology in Forward, “The turn to blunt tools of politics is an indirect admission that the 50 years of colonization have stalled.”

Best Response to Trump Is Welcoming and Protecting Immigrants
Political scientist Wayne Cornelius argues in The Oregonian that “policies adopted by sanctuary jurisdictions offer the only meaningful protection against deportation for immigrants whose only violation of law is being an undocumented person.”

A Young UC San Diego Scientist Vents About How Hard it Is to Obtain Grants
The San Diego Union-Tribune contacted Bradley Voytek of Cognitive Science following a social media post by Voytek on the struggles of finding funding for research.

Moneywatch LogoHow to Get Ahead at Work: Learn How to Cuss
Profanity doesn’t have to be a liability in the workplace – it can be a persuasive tool that conveys enthusiasm and honesty, said Benjamin Bergen of Cognitive Science to CBS News.

Alan DalyAn Army of Sophisticated Bots Is Influencing the Debate Around Education
“The paradox here is we have more information and more viewpoints, but this doesn’t necessarily mean we’re making better decisions. Each individual has to be their own arbiter about what’s true and not true,” said Alan Daly to the Huffington Post in a piece that covered the “#CommonCore“ research project co-led by Daly. Also covering the research were Education Week and the Washington Post.

GOP’s Medicaid Block Grant Plan Should Trump Other Concerns
In this op-ed for The Hill, Thad Kousser of Political Science says the current president’s Twitter rants are keeping our eyes away from the “complex, confounding, but massively consequential” issue of Medicaid block grants. “Medicaid block grants seem at first glance like an obscure debate for the few policy wonks who care about federal funding formulas.  But the outcome of this particular fight in D.C. will reverberate across all 50 states for decades to come,” he writes.

Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Hurts America’s Universities
“Anyone who visits America’s great research universities can see that science and engineering are global enterprises,” writes sociologist John Skrentny in this Fortune op-ed. Skrentny, co-director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, argues that the current administration’s efforts to reform immigration will not help in the global competition to attract the world’s top researchers.

Skylar LaneUC San Diego Student Worker Saves Man’s Life
Anthropology student Skylar Lane was lauded for her quick thinking while working at the County of San Diego Aging and Independent Services.

Communicating Climate Change: Focus on the Framing, Not Just the Facts
In this op-ed, Cognitive Science Ph.D. student Rose Hendricks explains how the way we talk about climate change affects what people think about it.

The U.S. Wants to Stop North Korean Missiles Before They Launch. That May Not Be a Great Idea.
In the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, political scientist Erik Gartzke, director of the Center for Peace and Security Studies, explains just why “left of launch” approaches like cyber and electronic warfare may backfire. Gartzke, along with coauthor Jon Lindsay, recently published a related paper in the Journal of Cybersecurity.

Politically Speaking: Demonstrations, Protests Locally and Across U.S.
“Are people becoming more active and less apathetic about the political process?” In this Politically Speaking video segment for NBC 7, Thad Kousser of Political Science helps answer.

Where Did the Tea Party Go?
Robert Horwitz of Communication, author of a 2013 book on the rise of Tea Party-style conservatism, comments to Vice that it’s hard to sustain activist momentum after gaining electoral advantage.

Sanctuary State Bill Will Make Californians Safer and More Prosperous
Political scientist Tom Wong’s research on sanctuary cities is included in a recent op-ed by California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon.

Cross Border facilityHow San Diego Built a Bridge Over the Wall
Politico goes to Richard Carson of Economics in their extensive piece on the cross-border Tijuana airport facility. Carson points to other benefits for the region, including increased tourism in San Diego from residents of Mexico and other Latin American countries, who now find it “considerably easier” to get there.

California Spending May Doom the Boom
“The progressivity of the California tax code is what causes volatility,” said James Hamilton of Economics. “There’s a trade-off between saying we want to get revenue from capital gains and saying we want steady, predictable revenues.”

‘Dutch Donald Trump’
All eyes were on the prime minister race in the Netherlands last week, where one candidate was being called the “Dutch Donald Trump.” Matthew Bergman of Political Science joined CBS News to discuss the controversial candidate.

Design Competition — or Ideological Crisis?
A New York Times op-ed on the U.S.-Mexico border-wall quandary facing architects sought the opinion of Fonna Forman of Political Science and Teddy Cruz, both of the UCSD Cross-Border Initiative: “The problem for us,” they wrote back, “is that problem solving or business smartness without ethics, and without respect for human dignity, and without a sensibility toward social justice … is simply just business.”

Don’t Roll Back Fuel Standards, End Them
A Bloomberg View piece cites research by Mark Jacobsen of Economics and Arthur van Benthem at the Wharton School suggesting that higher fuel-efficiency standards may keep gas guzzlers on the road longer.

How Adding Another Person to a Conversation Builds Capacity
For the second segment of an interview with Education Week, Alan Daly of Education Studies explores the benefits of bringing a third person into a one-on-one conversation.

Breaking the Boundaries of Communication
The Guardian, UC San Diego’s student newspaper, sat down with Daniel Hallin of Communication, who helped build the department from its earliest days.

UC San Diego campusGrad Programs Earn High Marks in 2018 U.S. News and World Report Guidebook Rankings
Division of Social Sciences departments in political science (ranked 9th), economics (ranked 12th) and psychology (ranked 13th) were lauded as some of the top programs in the nation. The specialty areas of behavioral neuroscience, econometrics and international politics were all ranked 4th in the nation. Cognitive psychology and public finance were both 8th, while comparative politics and development economics were both 10th. American politics and political methodology were ranked, respectively, 11th and 12th.

VOSD logoStruggling Students Moved to Online Charters, Boosting District’s Record Grad Rate
Voice of San Diego released a report on the large number of students who left San Diego Unified high schools for charter schools geared toward recovering credits. The report cites work by Julian Betts of Economics, executive director of the San Diego Education Research Alliance, SanDERA.

Speaking Mandarin May Offer Kids a Musical Edge
A study led by Sarah Creel of Cognitive Science and co-author Gail Heyman of Psychology is featured in Science News for Students.

BraswellA Pendant Fit for a King
To say that Geoffrey Braswell of Anthropology was surprised to discover a precious jewel in Nim Li Punit in southern Belize is something of an understatement. “It was like finding the Hope Diamond in Peoria instead of New York,” said Braswell, who led the dig that uncovered a large piece of carved jade once belonging to an ancient Maya king. News organizations across the globe were fascinated by the archaeological find, including KPBS,  LiveScience, San Diego Union-Tribune, Fox News, Tech Times, National Geographic, Archaeology, BBC Mundo, Spiegel, the Hindu and more. It was the week’s No. 1 story on the EurekAlert news service operated by AAAS, the organization that publishes Science.

Vacant Church in San Ysidro to Become Community Center, Park
KPBS reports on the news of community-space redevelopment by Casa Familiar and the UCSD Center on Global Justice, led by Teddy Cruz of Visual Arts and Fonna Forman of Political Science.

Sanctuary City Limits
Tom Wong of Political Science is featured in a recent episode of the Scholar Strategy Network’s podcast No Jargon. For the podcast, Wong discusses his research on sanctuary cities and dispels common myths.

International Institute – Inaugural Event and Call for Faculty Groups
Headed by Nancy Postero of Anthropology, the institute hopes to foster new collaborations on international issues; applications for funding due March 30. An inaugural event March 14 features a UC Berkeley political theorist on the rise of authoritarianism.

Professors and Politics: What the Research Says
An Inside Higher Ed article, responding to the accusation by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that liberal professors forces their views on students, cites sociologist Amy Binder’s 2012 book “Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives.”

Diana Alsindy with Jayaram BhatA Heartfelt Thank You
The UC San Diego annual Hearts and Scholars dinner connects scholarship recipients with donors, including Jayaram Bhat of the Bhat Family Scholarship. Bhat decided to support student scholarships for transfer students after his son, Rohit Bhat, graduated with a Psychology degree in 2014.

Robots Poised to Take Over Wide Range of Military Jobs
“Robots will continue to replace the dirty, dull and dangerous jobs, and this will affect typically more uneducated and unskilled workers,” said Henrik Christensen, director of the Contextual Robotics Institute, to the Union-Tribune.

Triton 5KTeam Soc Sci Needs You
Yeah, you! Join the divisional team, Team Soc Sci, in support of student scholarships at the annual Triton 5K on Sunday, April 9. You can run, walk, hop, skip or jump. But you must register first. Also, in case you missed it: Special Social Sciences’ schwag includes towels.

UC San Diego Launches Online Courses with edX to Advance Careers in Data Science
The university’s Data Science program grew out of a call for MicroMasters proposals fielded by Beth Simon of Education Studies, formerly associated with Computer Science and Engineering.

Study Documents How Strict Voter ID Laws Suppress Voting by People of Color
A recent Journal of Politics study by political scientist Zoltan Hajnal and Ph.D. student Nazita Lajevardi was the subject of this extensive feature. “When these laws are enacted, the voices of Latinos, Blacks, and Asian Americans all become more muted and the relative influence of white America grows," Hajnal told Facing South, a publication of the nonprofit Institute for Southern Studies.

CARTA posterUC San Diego to Probe How Humans Became Aware of Death
How awareness of death has factored into our evolution and neurobiology was the focus of the latest Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) symposium. Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology is co-director of CARTA with Ajit Varki: Varki appeared on KPBS to discuss.

Who Will Pay for Trump’s ‘Big, Beautiful’ Wall?
“Trump’s executive order to begin construction of a new border wall and his continued insistence that Mexico pay for it are political theater, intended for consumption by his U.S. base,” writes Wayne Cornelius of Political Science.

The HillTrump Will Lose America Like Pete Wilson Lost California
Writing in The Hill, sociologist John Skrentny, co-director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, says that the processes that turned California blue will occur throughout the rest of the United States. Skrentny went on air with KPCC’s Take Two to discuss his prediction. He was also featured in WalletHub's recent debate on the U.S.-Mexico wall and in a National Geographic story about the surprising ways science survives travel bans and gag orders.

Free Speech Includes All Views
Erik Gartzke of Political Science says in this San Diego Union-Tribune op-ed: “The use of violence and intimidation to prevent the free exchange of ideas must be vigorously opposed since this is fundamental to the mission of an academic community.”

Isabel Rivera-CollazoHow Can Archaeology Help Us Adapt to Climate Change?
Environmental archaeologist Isabel Rivera-Collazo, a new joint hire of Anthropology and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, appeared on KPBS Midday Edition.

Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age
In addition to saving lives and conquering chaos, algorithms “can also put too much control in the hands of corporations and governments, perpetuate bias, create filter bubbles, cut choices, creativity and serendipity, and could result in greater unemployment,” finds a Pew report surveying experts. One of the experts survey and quoted is Lilly Irani of Communication.

Alondra JohnsonSocial Science Research Council Names Alondra Nelson as Next President
Anthropology alumna Alondra Nelson, current professor of sociology and dean of social science at Columbia University, was selected for a five-year term as president of the Social Science Research Council.

UC San Diego Undergraduate Named Principal Community Scholar
Global Health major Selena Lopez was recently recognized for her efforts to give back to the San Diego community while promoting health, the environment and social justice.

The American Obsession With Parenting
Summarizing research by economists Valerie Ramey and Garey Ramey, the Atlantic writes: The amount of time spent by parents on childcare in the U.S. started to increase dramatically in the 1990s, especially among the college-educated. The Rameys’ research on the “Rug Rat Race” was also cited in The Economist’s 1843 supplement.

Zoltan HajnalDo Voter Identification Laws Suppress Minority Voting? Yes. We Did the Research.
“Before 2006, no state required photo identification to vote on Election Day. Today 10 states have this requirement,” writes political scientist Zoltan Hajnal in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.

Trump Administration Signals Shift in Policy on DACA
"The game seems to have changed when it comes to interior immigration enforcement under Trump," said Tom Wong of Political Science on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Hunter Proposes Cutting Student Aid to ‘Sanctuary Campuses’
Nathan Fletcher of Political Science said many of his students are frightened by talk of a crackdown on undocumented individuals.

Feb. 23, 1 p.m.: Basement Entrepreneur Series
Cognitive Science alumnus Sam Ramji, new VP of product management for Google Cloud, is giving a talk.

March 13, 7:30 a.m.: Economics Roundtable
Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University and former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund will discuss “The Case for a Less-Cash Economy.”

March 19, 2 p.m.: Memorial for George Mandler
Please RSVP before March 12 for a celebration of the life and legacy of Psychology department founder George Mandler.

By Casa FamiliarCulture Report: Carving Out Community Space in San Ysidro
A community center and urban park will be developed in San Ysidro by Casa Familiar and the UCSD Center on Global Justice, led by Teddy Cruz of Visual Arts and Fonna Forman of Political Science.

East Village’s Emerging Arts District Doesn’t Have Much Art
Sociologist Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor for public programs, has been a longtime proponent of giving UC San Diego a home downtown, the Voice of San Diego reports. Walshok said the planned space in the downtown building would include a 350-seat amphitheater and other venues specifically designed for hosting arts and culture events.

What Drives Population Declines in Some States
Research by Isaac Martin of Sociology is cited, showing that the burden of property taxes prompts some people to move but mostly when coupled with a drop in income.

UC San Diego News CenterMiddle, Senior High Students Visit Ancient Sites in 3D – Without Leaving La Jolla
The Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability (CCAS) and Qualcomm Institute hosted nearly 200 students on the UC San Diego campus from neighboring La Jolla Country Day School. Anthropologist Thomas Levy, who directs CCAS, participated. The La Jolla school reported on the visit as well.

Meet our New Faces
Political Science alumna Katherine Johnston is now the senior vice president of communications of the San Diego Downtown Partnership, after working for six years in the Office of the Mayor.

Modi Faces ‘Disappointed’ Voters in India’s Most Populous State
Education research conducted by economist Karthik Muralidharan is cited in the New York Times.

Misophonia: When Chewing, Other Everyday Sounds Enrage You
Psychology Ph.D. candidate Miren Edelstein comments on a recent study on misophonia. Edelstein has conducted her own research on the condition, which sees some people react negatively to sounds such as those made when breathing or eating.

NYRB'What the F'
The New York Review of Books features cognitive scientist Benjamin Bergen’s book.

Q&A: Immigration Expert
It’s “highly unlikely,” political scientist Wayne Cornelius said, that the current administration’s plan to invest in a border wall along the Mexico border will have any significant effect on cross-border traffic.

FitzGeraldResidents Along U.S.-Mexico Border Shrug off Trump's Wall Plan
David FitzGerald, of Sociology and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, is cited in this Xinhua (China) report. FitzGerald also spoke with Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan) on sanctuary city policies.

Pressure for Town Halls Ratchets Up; Issa not Biting
Gary Jacobson of Political Science says in the Union-Tribune that elected representatives brush off protesters and town hall requests “at their peril.”

Claire AdidaThe Wrong Way to Stop Terrorism
Claire Adida of Political Science co-writes a piece for Foreign Affairs on what the data show about attacks and immigration: “[T]he key to the United States’ security is the successful integration of a diverse population eager to become productive members of society.”

San Diego Professor Finds Sanctuary Counties Are Safer and Economically Stronger
Political scientist Tom Wong released a report through the Center for America Progress that analyzes the effects of sanctuary policies on crime and the economy. Wide media coverage included the Washington Post, Union-Tribune, NBC San Diego, KPBS, City Lab and CBS News, along with many other outlets. Wong’s previous work on DACA’s positive economic effects was also covered.

Do Regulations Really Kill Jobs?
The Atlantic cites a study of pollution policy in Los Angeles co-authored by Eli Berman of Economics. The study found “no evidence that local air quality regulation substantially reduced employment.”

San Diego Lab Creates Partially Human Pig Embryos
For its coverage on a new study out of the Salk Institute, KPBS reached out to Social Sciences Associate Dean John Evans. A sociologist, Evans said ethical concerns could be raised if cross-species mixing were taken many steps further, but this study didn’t cross the line.

Did Twitter Make Trump the President?
“As the nation inaugurated its first Twitter President,” Education Week writes,  one of their reporters met with Alan Daly of Education Studies to talk about “how the little 140-character messages are bending big politics.”

UC San Diego Leading the Way in Upward Social Mobility
Study reveals campus forges path for low-income students on the road to economic success.

Gentrification Has Virtually No Effect on Homeowners
The risk of displacement falls largely on renters, writes Richard Florida in the Atlantic’s CityLab, covering a recent study by Isaac Martin of Sociology.

Robics Institute imageHow to Make America’s Robots Great Again
The New York Times talks about the future of robotics in the U.S. with Henrik Christensen, director of the Contextual Robotics Institute. Called “one of the most influential robotics researchers in the world,” Christensen also spoke with the Robotic Industries Association. Discussing the U.S. Robotics Roadmap and the campus institute’s role in its vision, he remarked: “UC San Diego has the best cognitive science department in the world. We want to understand how robots can become the best possible complement to humans for work, for independent living. Given that we have a strong engineering department and a strong cogsci, if I put them in the same room, we can do things that you couldn’t do otherwise.”

Trump’s Immigration Order Is Bad Foreign Policy
Center for Comparative Immigration Studies co-director and sociologist David FitzGerald gives a quick lesson on the history of nationality-based immigration bans in this Conversation op-ed, reprinted by Newsweek, U.S. News, UPI and several others.

How the US Immigration System Compares to Japan, Canada and the UK
Sociologist John Skrentny appeared on WBUR’s “Here and Now.” Skrentny, co-director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, discussed what the United States could learn about immigration by looking at other nations.

Feb. 9: The Future of Immigration Reform
David FitzGerald of Sociology and Tom Wong of Political Science join moderator David Lake of Political Science in this American Academy of Arts and Sciences discussion at the UC San Diego Faculty Club. The talk begins at 5 p.m.; RSVP to cmcdermott@amacad.org.

Quarterly ConversationsFeb. 15: Quarterly Conversations in Global Health
Did you know that hunger and malnutrition are still the number one health risk worldwide? Join the Global Health Program in the Great Hall to hear from an interdisciplinary panel of experts on food insecurity from local and global perspectives. The program’s summer work at the Chile Global Health Field School was recently featured on their blog.

Feb. 22: Identities Are Changeable (PDF)
Anthropology and Ethnic Studies are among the co-sponsors of this 2 p.m. conversation with jazz saxophonist Miguel Zenón, a Grammy nominee and a MacArthur and Guggenheim fellow exploring Puerto Rican identity in New York.

Group Begins Circulating Petitions in Hopes of Making California Its Own Nation
“That would set in place another California initiative,” said Thad Kousser of Political Science. “Then you have to add another positive vote and then the rest of the nation would have to decide whether they really want to let California and all its tax dollars, all its sunshine, and all its military bases walk away from the union. All of that looks incredibly improbable right now but it has to start with the first step.” Kousser also spoke with the Christian Science Monitor on the future role of Gov. Gerry Brown, NBC San Diego for their “Politically Speaking” segment, and the Los Angeles Times on presidential incompetence.

IgniteIGNITE @ UC San Diego Conference Aims to Accelerate Innovation
“UC San Diego is the university of the future,” said Vice Chancellor of Research Sandra Brown of Psychology. “IGNITE @ UC San Diego will spur the regional economy by bringing the campus and regional communities together to spark new ideas, share expertise and generate new opportunities for collaboration.”

California Border Town Mayor Says Trump Plan Will Hurt Local Economy
David FitzGerald of Sociology gives an analytical look at immigration and crime rates, saying immigrants are not more likely to commit crime.

Giving Sanctuary to Undocumented Immigrants Doesn’t Threaten Public Safety – It Increases It
“Sanctuary jurisdictions–39 cities and 364 counties across the country have policies that limit local law enforcement’s involvement in enforcing federal immigration laws–increase public safety,” write political scientist Wayne Cornelius and coauthors in this Los Angeles Times op-ed.

Photo by David Brooks/ San Diego Union-TribuneUCSD Class Fails Literacy Test Once Given to Minority Voters
Political Science professor of practice Nathan Fletcher recently gave his students a so-called “literacy test” that black people in the South once had to take to vote. The result? No so good. “The only way I could describe it was devastating,” a student said about taking the test. “You literally heard the gasps. This is a test obviously designed for you to fail.” Also, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s visit to Fletcher’s class was covered by FOX News, Voice of San Diego and Univision.

San Jose Councilman Takes Oath of Office With Captain America Shield
“I think it’s a symbol of what’s positive,” Political Science alumnus Lan Diep said when he was sworn in. “I want to shine a ray of optimism.”

Triton 5KTeam Soc Sci Needs You
Yeah, you! Join the divisional team, Team Soc Sci, in support of student scholarships at the annual Triton 5K on Sunday, April 9. You can run, walk, hop, skip or jump. But you must register first.

San Diego Union-TribuneZeinabu Davis on Using Film to Tell Stories About the Black Experience
The San Diego Union-Tribune interviews Zeinabu Davis of Communication about her latest film, “Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema from UCLA,” which highlights a number of fellow filmmakers from the Los Angeles Rebellion movement.

Reimagining the Working Class
Curtis Marez of Ethnic Studies participated in an LA Review of Books roundtable discussion on economic and racial justice in the Age of Trump. Additionally, Marez’s book “Farm Worker Futurism: Speculative Technologies of Resistance” was the inspiration for a Flash Forward podcast on the future of farming, for which he was interviewed.

Sarah CreelMandarin Makes You More Musical?
Mandarin makes you more musical – and at a much earlier age than previously thought. That’s the suggestion of a new study from lead author Sarah Creel of Cognitive Science and co-author Gail Heyman of Psychology. PsychCentral, the UK’s  DailyMail and the Economic Times of India were among outlets covering the study.

Ring-Tailed Lemur Populations Have Crashed by 95 Percent
Scientific American (linked above) and Conservation International blog about research by anthropologist Marni Lafleur, co-director of Lemur Love. Lafleur also published a letter in Nature calling for improvements in the fight against Madagascar’s illegal trade in lemurs.

Impact of UC San Diego Research
UCTV: At Founders Symposium 2016, Christina Gremel of Psychology talks about what it takes to break habits. Gremel’s talk starts at the 14-minute mark.

'The Border Is a Way of Reinforcing Antagonism That Doesn't Exist'
UCSD-Blum Cross-Border Initiative co-directors Teddy Cruz of Visual Arts and Fonna Forman of Political Science want to turn the line between the U.S. and Mexico into a site for creative problem solving, The Atlantic’s City Lab reports.

San Diego’s Public Transit Growth Hits Speed Bump
Economist Mark Jacobsen tells KPBS that, in the long term, good land-use planning is critical to maximizing transit ridership. Meanwhile, manipulating prices is most effective but not popular.

ContrerasContreras, Norbash Appointed AVCs for Faculty Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
UC San Diego professors Frances Contreras of Education Studies and Alexander Norbash have been appointed to serve as associate vice chancellors for Faculty Equity, Diversity and Inclusion beginning January 2017.

What Apple, Google, and Tesla Get Wrong
In conversation with Co.Design, Design Lab director and cognitive scientist Don Norman offers cutting criticism of Silicon Valley's brightest.

An Oil Crisis Is Looming: Welcome to Trump-Putin World
“Geopolitical events have figured very large in questions about oil supply and I think that will continue,” says James Hamilton of Economics in the Daily Beast.

KPBS logoTranscript and Analysis: Obama Addresses the Nation in Farewell Speech
Political scientist Thad Kousser spoke with KPBS about President Obama’s farewell address to the nation and to KPCC about then-President Elect Donald Trump’s first press conference since July. In the Times of San Diego, Kousser was quoted about turning apathy into a political movement.

Why the Republican Plan to Repeal Obamacare Is so Extraordinary
Sociologist Lane Kenworthy, director of the Yankelovich Center at UC San Diego, expressed confidence to the Washington Post’s Wonkblog that the country will eventually offer universal healthcare. “Parts of [Obamacare] will be taken away. Parts of it will be left in place, and other parts will be changed a little bit,” he said.  “It's not going to be a true repeal. It's not like everything goes off the books.”

Getting a Scientific Message Across Means Taking Human Nature into Account
Cognitive Science Ph.D. candidate Rose Hendricks writes in The Conversation about applying the lessons of psychology to science communication. The San Francisco Chronicle and others picked up the piece.

Let's Not Murder the King's English
Linguistics Ph.D. candidate Amanda Ritchart is quoted in an op-ed for the Coachella Valley-based Desert Sun.

Photo credit: the HinduDemystifying a Phantom
The Hindu covers a talk on phantom limb syndrome given by psychologist V.S. Ramachandran, director of the Center for Brain and Cognition.

Obama Looks to His Legacy
An op-ed cites the work of political scientist Gary Jacobson, who argued last year in the journal of the American Academy of Political and Social Science that President Barack Obama will have a permanent effect on the U.S. partisan profile.

YHS Graduate Begins Sign Language Career
Ryan Taylor, a 2015 undergraduate alumnus of Linguistics, has developed a passion for American Sign Language and now works as a sign language facilitator for the Southern Oregon Education Service District.

CSPANC-SPAN Cities Tour: San Diego
Featured videos include: Balboa Park, Dr. Seuss, the city’s naval history, a look at UC San Diego special collections and a conversation with Benjamin Bergen of Cognitive Science.

County Supervisors Need to Start Putting Themselves Last
In this op-ed for Voice of San Diego, Nathan Fletcher of Political Science says it’s time to invest in those families most in need.

What Science Can Tell Us About Trans People’s Brains – and What It Cannot
When Psychology Ph.D. alumna Laura Case was completing her degree, she and a small research team conducted an experiment on eight transgender men and genderqueer individuals, with findings published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Triton magazine
Stories in the current issue of UC San Diego Alumni’s Triton magazine include:

Beauty Behind Bars
Sociology doctoral alumna Laura Pecenco is using art to better serve prison’s true aim of rehabilitation.

Triton magazineMaria Ho Goes All In
As a Communication undergraduate, Maria Ho had to fight her way into her guy friends’ poker night. Now she plays for stakes they could only dream of.

Sign of the Times
In 1967, a handful of Tritons – including Geoff Moyle of Economics – created UC San Diego’s only student newspaper to stand the test of time, the paper now called The UCSD Guardian.

The Worst F&#%ing Words Ever
A Q&A with cognitive scientist Benjamin Bergen on his “book-length love letter to profanity.”

Triton magazineNanome Inc.
A visit to The Basement and the team behind Nanome Inc., a virtual reality company created by alumni Keita Funakawa of Economics and Steve McCloskey of Nanoengineering.

Finding Pixar
Sociology alumna Becky Neiman-Cobb helps to bring beloved Disney/Pixar characters to life.

White BacklashThe Year in Reading
In the New York Times’ annual roundup of what notable people have been reading, Francis Fukuyama names among his go-to a book by Marisa Abrajano and Zoltan Hajnal of Political Science, “White Backlash: Immigration, Race, and American Politics.”

Top 100 Articles 2016
Altmetric’s annual list measuring a paper’s public impact includes a study on Facebook and longevity by James Fowler and alumnus Will Hobbs of Political Science. Topping the list is President Barack Obama's JAMA article at no. 1.

The Best Books of 2016
Foreign Affairs names “Aspirational Power: Brazil on the Long Road to Global Influence,” coauthored by David Mares of Political Science, as one of its best books of the year.

Education WeekTeacher Networks: Here, There, and Everywhere
Education Studies chair Alan Daly’s work on tracking network development among teachers is included in this Education Week blog post.

Schools Worry About Campus Tone in Trump Era
Mica Pollock of Education Studies and CREATE was the keynote speaker at a USD conference, the Union-Tribune reports, linking also to Pollock’s most recent piece in the Washington Post.

UC San Diego News CenterToeing the Line: Study Finds Brain Cells that Signal Path of Travel
“We’re describing an entirely new and unexpected form of neural activity,” said senior author Douglas Nitz of Cognitive Science. Ph.D. student Jacob Olson and undergraduate Kanyanat Tongprasearth coauthored the paper published in Nature Neuroscience.

UC San Diego Research Awarded $3.8 Million for Critical, Innovative Work
Interdisciplinary, multi-campus projects led by Thad Kousser of Political Science and Yen Espiritu of Ethnic Studies are part of a larger $17 million grant award from the University of California Office of the President.

Number of UC San Diego Freshman Applications Continue to Rise
The most popular majors chosen by freshman applicants are in social sciences, engineering and biology.

Inside Amazon's Clickworker Platform:  How Half a Million People Are Being Paid Pennies to Train AI
Research by Lilly Irani of Communication, on collective action by Amazon contract workers, or “Turkers,” is included in this extensive TechRepublic cover story.

Robert HorwitzWill Putin Unite the European and American Right?
Robert Horwitz of Communication says in this New Yorker essay that he sees an ideological connection between Putinism and American cultural conservatism.

This Study Could Unlock the Mysteries of Teen Brain Development
The national Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study is in STAT. The study’s Coordinating Center is led by Terry Jernigan of Cognitive Science and the Center for Human Development, and Sandra Brown of Psychology.

Swearing Is Scientifically Proven to Help You *%$!ing Deal
Cognitive scientist Benjamin Bergen’s book “What the F” is included in this TIME feature.

How Trump's Deportation Plans Could Damage Our Economy
Research by Tom Wong of Political Science, showing how DACA both helped the lives of the recipients and was good for the U.S. economy, is cited in Mother Jones. The Center for American Progress also includes work by Wong in “Now is the time to continue – not end – DACA.”

The NationHow Donald Trump Will Make America White Again
The Nation cites David FitzGerald of Sociology and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, who describes the thinking among early-20th-century U.S. lawmakers alarmed by the unprecedented waves of poorer, swarthier immigrants coming to the nation at the time. To KPBS, FitzGerald said, “History shows that when we build more walls, it becomes more dangerous to cross.”

Is There Life Beyond the Chargers?
The Union-Tribune looks at all aspects of post-Chargers San Diego, turning to economist Gordon Dahl to discuss his study on domestic violence and football.

UC San Diego's Urban Hub to be Catalyst for Region
“With change, comes opportunity. Understanding that moment – and seizing its promises – is key,” write Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and UCSD Extension dean Mary Walshok of Sociology. Their op-ed appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune, announcing the university’s new development located in downtown San Diego.

The Great A.I. Awakening
New York Times Magazine story on Google Translate and machine learning prominently features Geoff Hinton, whose start-up out of the University of Toronto was acquired by Google. Hinton did some of his early research on neural networks at UC San Diego in the late 1970s/early ’80s, working with cognitive scientists and psychologists on campus.

What’s Next for Washington?

UCTV: Days after the November election, prominent UC San Diego faculty including political scientist David Mares took stock of what’s at stake for the incoming administration and the country it will lead.

L.A. Mayor Promises Improved Customer Service at DWP
Steve Erie of Political Science said there are a lot of “gray areas” in proposed customer service plan for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and questioned whether it would change public perceptions.

Timing Is Everything
For the Scholars Strategy Network’s No Jargon podcast, Zoltan Hajnal of Political Science explains how combining national, state, and local election days would boost turnout and reduce disparities in voting and representation. NBC News, meanwhile, ran a piece citing Hajnal’s recent study showing that restrictive voter ID laws depress turnout the most among minority voters  as well as those with less income and education.

It's Not the Weather that Makes Christmas So Deadly
David Phillips of Sociology first pointed out the phenomenon of the holiday season’s increased death rates, now nicknamed the “Merry Christmas Coronary,” the “Happy New Year Heart Attack” or the more reserved “Christmas Holiday Effect,” Washington Post’s Wonkblog reports.

Tom LevyUC San Diego Archaeologist Explores Prehistoric Sites in Indian State for Digital Conservation
Thomas Levy of Anthropology was in south-central India to tour 10 cultural heritage sites across five districts in the new Indian state of Telangana and its capital city, Hyderabad. Levy is looking to a forge cyber-archaeology MOU with the Indian government and his Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability.

Study: Medicaid Changes Could Cost RI $514M
Research by Jeffrey Clemens of Economics is used in this WPRI Eyewitness News report.

Gas Prices Are Rising Again. What Does that Mean for the Economy?
A 2009 study by James Hamilton of Economics was cited by the Houston Chronicle.

Governor Brown Appoints Four to San Diego County Superior Court
In the coming weeks, Psychology alumna Cynthia Freeland will be sworn into her new role alongside the other lawyers appointed by Governor Brown. The Union-Tribune also reported on the appointments.

Kristina AudenencialKristina Audencial Shines as Anchor for KSWB Fox 5 News
“After graduating high school in Singapore, I earned my bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of California San Diego,” says alumna Kristina Audencial in this profile feature.

How Robots Will Change the American Workforce
“My own prediction is that kids born today will never get to drive a car. Autonomous, driverless cars are 10, 15 years out,” said Henrik Christensen, head of the Contextual Robotics Institute, a joint endeavor of the Division of Social Sciences and the Jacobs School of Engineering. The comments, made to the Union-Tribune ahead of the institute’s February  forum, caught the attention of Motor Trend, Government Technology, Market Business News and Quartz, among others.

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