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Razin Extracts Lessons from Israeli Economy [Video]

Razin Extracts Lessons from Israeli Economy [Video]

On November 27, 2017, UC Davis Visiting Professor of Economics Assaf Razin presented an ISS Distinguished Lecture entitled 'Israel and the World Economy'. Watch the video here.

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Haas Traces Early Andean Settlers [Video]

Haas Traces Early Andean Settlers [Video]

On November 15, 2017, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Randy Haas presented a talk entitled 'The Andean Ascent: How Humans First Settled the High Altitudes of Peru Over 7,000 Years Ago'. Watch the video here.

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Wojcieszak Ponders Polarization in the Age of Social Media [Video]

Wojcieszak Ponders Polarization in the Age of Social Media [Video]

On November 27, 2017, Associate Professor of Communication Magdalena Wojcieszak presented a talk entitled 'Fragmented Media and Social Divides'. Watch the video here.

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Xu Charts Compassion in the Wake of Disaster

Xu Charts Compassion in the Wake of Disaster

By Ashley Serpa – What can we learn from state and civil responses to natural disasters? On November 16, 2017, in a talk entitled ‘The Politics of Compassion: The Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China’, Emory University Professor of Sociology (and UC Davis alum) Bin Xu sought to find out.

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Mildenberger Parses Partisan Climate Beliefs

Mildenberger Parses Partisan Climate Beliefs

By Ashley Serpa – Climate change is perhaps the greatest crisis of our time, yet passing meaningful policy to mitigate it proves exceedingly difficult. On November 29, 2017, in a lecture entitled “The Spatial Distribution of Public and Partisan Climate Beliefs”, UC Santa Barbara political scientist Matto Mildenberger tried to make sense of the political barriers to environmental policy action.

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Young Assesses Anger Inspired by Mexican Cartels [Video]

Young Assesses Anger Inspired by Mexican Cartels [Video]

On November 2, 2017, Assistant Professor of Political Science Lauren Young presented a talk entitled "Anger and Support for Punitive Justice in Mexico's Drug War". Watch the video here.

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Perez Investigates Intergenerational Mobility [Video]

Perez Investigates Intergenerational Mobility [Video]

On October 19, 2017, Assistant Professor of Economics Santiago Pérez presented a lecture entitled "Intergenerational Mobility Across Three Continents: Were the Americas Exceptional?" Watch the video here.

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Peri Imparts Benefits of Immigration

Peri Imparts Benefits of Immigration

By Ashley Serpa – What positive effects do migrants have on the U.S. economy? On November 13, 2017, in a lecture hosted by the UC Davis School of Law, Professor of Economics Giovanni Peri attempted to cut through the misinformation and stereotypes plaguing the current immigration debate.

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Jones-Rogers Illuminates Enslaved Wet Nurses

Jones-Rogers Illuminates Enslaved Wet Nurses

By Ashley Serpa – In the antebellum era, wet nursing by enslaved women was a niche skilled-labor market. In her talk on November 8, 2017, sponsored by the History Colloquium and the DHI Women and Gender in the World research cluster, Stephanie Jones-Rogers exposed the neglected story of enslaved wet-nurse labor and the role white women played in sustaining the practice.

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Nelson Tests the Reconciliatory Power of DNA

Nelson Tests the Reconciliatory Power of DNA

By Ashley Serpa – Can DNA help African Americans reconstruct the past? Can genetic ancestry testing offer a path to personal and political reconciliation? Alondra Nelson addressed such questions at the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies program’s annual Feminist Seminar, held on November 1, 2017. Nelson’s talk was entitled “The Social Life of DNA: Racial Reconciliation and Institutional Morality.”

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FBI Agent Warns of Cyber Threats Faced by Researchers

FBI Agent Warns of Cyber Threats Faced by Researchers

By Ashley Serpa – Universities are the birthplaces of valuable intellectual property. This makes them a target for foreign entities, cautioned FBI Special Agent Nick Shenkin in his October 26, 2017 talk entitled "Counterintelligence: Economic Espionage, Theft of Trade Secrets, and Cyber Intrusions."

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Vazire Wins Prize for Open Social Science

Vazire Wins Prize for Open Social Science

Simine Vazire, associate professor of psychology, has won a Leamer-Rosenthal Prize for Open Social Science, in the Leaders in Education category. The award recognizes her efforts to advance reproducibility, openness and credibility in the social sciences—through the courses she teaches at UC Davis and by co-founding the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science.

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Historians Tackle Our Tumultuous Present

Historians Tackle Our Tumultuous Present

By Ashley Serpa - How can history help us to understand the current political landscape and its heated debates about social justice? On October 18, 2017, seven UC Davis historians shed light on how looking to the past can—and must—inform our present and our future.

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Kearney Drills Down on Fracking and Marriage

Kearney Drills Down on Fracking and Marriage

By Ashley Serpa – Regions experiencing a decrease in economic opportunity for men typically also see a decrease in marriage rates. So why didn’t the fracking boom lead to more marriages in places like Appalachia? On October 5, 2017, in a lecture entitled "Male Earnings, Marriageable Men, and Non-Marital Fertility: Evidence from the Fracking Boom," Melissa Kearney investigated.

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Announcing Environments & Societies Fall 2017 Colloquium Series

Announcing Environments & Societies Fall 2017 Colloquium Series

The "Environments & Societies: History, Literature, and Justice" Research Initiative has announced its Fall Quarter 2017 colloquium series. Speakers from several different universities will address the human-nature interactions critical to meeting the environmental challenges of our era.

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Social Scientists Named UC President's Research Fellows

Social Scientists Named UC President's Research Fellows

By Nicholas Garcia - Associate Professor of History Lisa Materson and Associate Professor of Anthropology Suzana Sawyer have been named UC President's Faculty Research Fellows in the Humanities, which will allow them to devote the 2017-18 academic year to working on their compelling research.

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Tech for Social Good Announces 2017 Awardees

Tech for Social Good Announces 2017 Awardees

The Tech for Social Good program at UC Davis has announced its 2017 awardees, divided into two categories: Tech Development and Student-Led Events.

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ASPIRE Symposium Celebrates Undergraduate Research

ASPIRE Symposium Celebrates Undergraduate Research

By Diana Selmeczy – The ISS ASPIRE Undergraduate Research Program held its third annual Spring Research Symposium on June 9, 2017 at the Center for Mind & Brain. The event featured a keynote by Dr. Simona Ghetti, a student presentation by Raphael Geddert, and poster presentations by each of the ASPIRE Scholars, detailing the research they completed during the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Haskins Presents Evidence for Policy Success [Video]

Haskins Presents Evidence for Policy Success [Video]

By Michael Haggerty - Should all failing social programs be cut? Or does reassessing and improving them make more sense? Delivering the 2017 Sheffrin Lecture in Public Policy on May 23, Ron Haskins offered a definitive answer. His talk was entitled “Is Evidence-Based Policy Going to Improve Social Programs?”

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Butts Tackles Complex Systems with Data Science [Video]

Butts Tackles Complex Systems with Data Science [Video]

On May 25, 2017, Carter T. Butts of UC Irvine presented a lecture entitled "From Conversation to Plant Carnivory: Using Data Science to Tackle Complex Systems". The event was hosted by ISS and the Data Science Initiative. Watch the video here.

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Anthropology Students Analyze Strategy for Slowing Climate Change

Anthropology Students Analyze Strategy for Slowing Climate Change

REDD+ provides financial incentives to nations, organizations, and communities who work to slow local rates of deforestation. Here, the students of ANT 103H: Conservation and People, led by Professor Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, assess the program’s efficacy in slowing global climate change.

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Contractor Computes Solutions to Real-World Problems

Contractor Computes Solutions to Real-World Problems

By Alan Wong - Advances in computing and data technology have allowed social scientists to develop exciting new solutions to long-standing problems. At the Gerald P. Mohrmann Memorial Lecture on May 18, 2017, Noshir Contractor explored some of those solutions in a talk entitled "Leveraging Computational Social Science to Address Grand Societal Challenges".

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Wingfield Treats Racism in Medicine

Wingfield Treats Racism in Medicine

By Michael Haggerty – While racism in the medical profession has diminished in recent decades, discrimination persists. Adia Wingfield, professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, illuminated this issue at the 2017 Lemert Lecture, hosted on May 11 by the Department of Sociology. Her talk was entitled "Professional Work in a Postracial Era: Black Professionals in the New Economy."

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Gentzkow Reads Fake News Amid Rising Polarization

Gentzkow Reads Fake News Amid Rising Polarization

By Alan Wong – American politics are more polarized than ever, and fake news is to blame. Or is it? At a Levine Family Fund lecture hosted by the Department of Economics on May 12, 2017, Matthew Gentzkow of Stanford University traced the impact of online news and echo chambers on our widening political divisions. His talk was entitled “Media, Polarization, and the 2016 Election".

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Schiff Tells Tales of Archival Life

Schiff Tells Tales of Archival Life

By Michael Haggerty – On May 3, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff presented the 2017 Eugene Lunn Memorial Lecture, hosted by the Department of History. Schiff’s talk, “In the Archives: Getting a Life”, drew on her own experience of crafting clear, compelling accounts of messy, complex lives.

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Halfmann Ponders Reproductive Rights Under Trump [Video]

Halfmann Ponders Reproductive Rights Under Trump [Video]

On May 9, 2017, Associate Professor of Sociology Drew Halfmann presented a Noon Lecture entitled "Reproductive Rights in the Trump Era (and Beyond)", addressing the recently-passed American Health Care Act in the process. Watch the video here.

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Conversation Charts China's Shifting Religious Landscape

Conversation Charts China's Shifting Religious Landscape

By Alan Wong – In twentieth-century China, religion was suppressed, often violently. Today, the country is experiencing an explosive spiritual revival. On May 2, 2017, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Johnson and historian Jeffrey Wasserstrom discussed the CCP’s approach to that revival at an event hosted by East Asian Studies, entitled "The Presence of the Past in a Future-Facing China".

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Con Diaz Answers Hard Questions About Software [Video]

Con Diaz Answers Hard Questions About Software [Video]

By Alan Wong – Is software text? Machine? Or somehow both? In his ISS Noon Lecture on April 18, 2017, assistant professor of science and technology studies Gerardo Con Díaz delved into the legal debates surrounding this ubiquitous element of modern life.

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Grant to Model Human Memory and Learning for Machines

Grant to Model Human Memory and Learning for Machines

By Kathleen Holder - A multi-university study led by Charan Ranganath, professor of psychology at UC Davis, aims to vastly deepen understanding by developing a computer model of how the brain forms, stores and retrieves complex memories. The goal is that the model will have humanlike abilities to remember, understand and learn from events.

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Warren Reinterprets Ghost Dance Religion

Warren Reinterprets Ghost Dance Religion

By Michael Haggerty – The Ghost Dance religion has long been associated with the decline and destruction of Native American populations. But as Louis S. Warren argued on April 12, 2017—in a lecture based on his new book “God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America”—that interpretation may need updating.

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