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Grosglik Samples Therapeutic Benefits of "Culinareality"

Grosglik Samples Therapeutic Benefits of "Culinareality"

By Miguel A. Novoa Cipriani - "You are what you eat," as the old saying goes. But when individuals can learn about themselves and their collective identity specifically through the act of cooking, it may be more accurate to say "you are what you cook." On January 26, 2018, in a Department of Sociology-hosted talk titled "Cooking Your Self", Rafi Grosglik discussed the therapeutic benefits of cooking suggested by the Israeli version of MasterChef.

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Miller Considers Climate Change's Impact on Migration [Video]

Miller Considers Climate Change's Impact on Migration [Video]

On January 25, 2018, author and journalist Todd Miller presented his new book 'Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security.' Watch the video here.

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Bliss-Moreau Honored for Early Contributions to Psychology

Bliss-Moreau Honored for Early Contributions to Psychology

By Kathleen Holder - The American Psychological Association has selected Assistant Professor of Psychology Eliza Bliss-Moreau for a 2018 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology.

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Johnson Details Dilemmas of Human-Machine Hybridization

Johnson Details Dilemmas of Human-Machine Hybridization

By Miguel A. Novoa Cipriani - As humanity and technology grow more closely entwined, what political and philosophical questions should we be asking—and answering? In his January 18, 2018 talk titled "Necropolitics and the Singularity," Sylvester Johnson called on researchers in the social sciences and humanities to take the lead in the anticipatory governance of hybridization.

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Perez Melendez Traces Slavery's End in Brazil

Perez Melendez Traces Slavery's End in Brazil

By Nicholas Garcia - In 1888, Brazil became the last country to abolish slavery. But the seeds contributing to its demise had been planted decades earlier, as Assistant Professor of History José Juan Pérez Meléndez revealed in a talk hosted by HIA on January 23, 2018.

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Wadewitz Probes Whaling in the Pacific World

Wadewitz Probes Whaling in the Pacific World

By Maya Weeks - What is the Pacific World, and what part did the whaling industry play in its development? On January 24, 2018, at the first meeting of the Environments & Societies Winter 2018 Colloquium Series, a discussion of Lissa Wadewitz's chapter 'Blood Sport in the Pacific Whaling Fleet' took a deep dive into red-tinged waters.

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Oropeza Wins Equity Award

Oropeza Wins Equity Award

By Noah Pflueger-Peters - Associate Professor of History Lorena Oropeza has received the 2017 Equity Award from the American Historical Association for excellence in recruiting and retaining historians from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

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Cohen-Aponte Uncovers Hidden Images of Andean Insurrection

Cohen-Aponte Uncovers Hidden Images of Andean Insurrection

By Maya Weeks - How can lost objects and images help us to understand resistance to colonialism? In a talk titled "Visual Cultures of Insurgency in the Colonial Andes" on January 16, 2018, Ananda Cohen-Aponte, assistant professor of history of art at Cornell University, let a packed room in on some obscured narratives.

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Announcing 2017-18 ISS Junior Faculty Research Grants

Announcing 2017-18 ISS Junior Faculty Research Grants

The Institute for Social Sciences is pleased to announce its 2017-18 Junior Faculty Research Grants. This support for new and groundbreaking research ranges throughout the Division of Social Sciences.

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Announcing Environments & Societies Winter 2018 Colloquium Series

Announcing Environments & Societies Winter 2018 Colloquium Series

The Environments & Societies Research Initiative has announced its Winter Quarter 2018 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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Tezcan Receives NEH Fellowship for Book on Reformation

Tezcan Receives NEH Fellowship for Book on Reformation

Baki Tezcan, associate professor of history at UC Davis, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in support of his ongoing book project, ‘The Other Reformation’.

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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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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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