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ISS Announces 2015-16 Faculty Funding Awards

ISS Announces 2015-16 Faculty Funding Awards

The Institute for Social Sciences is pleased to announce its 2015-16 faculty funding awards. Totaling almost $100,000 across twelve individual and three interdisciplinary projects, this support for new and groundbreaking research ranges throughout the Division of Social Sciences and beyond.

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Olmsted's Book on Conspiracies Adapted for the Stage

Olmsted's Book on Conspiracies Adapted for the Stage

By Loren Michael Mortimer - Most people experience academic history through books, seminars, or the occasional documentary. But Kathy Olmsted, professor and chair of the History Department, recently had the chance to see her book REAL ENEMIES transformed into multimedia performance art at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival.

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Ritter Reveals Power of Peruvian Music

Ritter Reveals Power of Peruvian Music

By Loren Michael Mortimer - In times of oppression, folk songs can be performed both in protest and in memorial. On November 17, 2015, as part of the UC Davis Hemispheric Institute on the Americas (HIA) Fall Memory Lecture Series, Jonathan Ritter explored this notion in a talk entitled "We Bear Witness with Our Song: The Politics of Music and Violence in the Peruvian Andes."

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Weighing the Costs of Welfare Removal

Weighing the Costs of Welfare Removal

By Ben Hinshaw - Welfare has long been the subject of heated debate. On November 6, 2015, Manasi Deshpande continued that debate at a seminar hosted by the Center for Poverty Research. Focusing on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Deshpande, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago, presented her recent paper "Does Welfare Inhibit Success? The Long-Term Effects of Removing Low-Income Youth from Disability Insurance."

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Kaiser Bears Vicarious Witness for HIA

Kaiser Bears Vicarious Witness for HIA

By Loren Michael Mortimer - Once a prestigious naval academy, the Escuela Superior de Mecánica de la Armada (ESMA) in Buenos Aires became, during Argentina’s "Dirty War," a facility for torture and detention. A quarter century after democracy was restored, ESMA re-opened as a museum and site of public memory. On November 10, 2015, as part of the UC Davis Hemispheric Institute on the Americas (HIA) Memory Lecture series, Professor Susana Kaiser addressed this subject in a talk entitled "Vicarious Witness: The Case of ESMA’s Visitors and their Interactions with Memory and Human Rights."

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Often decried, polygyny may have some advantages

Often decried, polygyny may have some advantages

By Kathleen Holder - Much of the world frowns on the practice of polygamy. Most countries around the globe ban or restrict marriages to more than one spouse at a time. And polygyny—where one husband has more than one wife—is decried by the United Nations Human Rights Committee and women’s rights organizations as discriminatory to women. But a new study of polygyny in Tanzania finds that the practice of sharing a husband may, in some circumstances, lead to greater health and wealth for women and their children.

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Conference Showcases Statistical Social Science

Conference Showcases Statistical Social Science

By Tory Brykalski - On November 6, 2015 the Institute for Social Sciences hosted its inaugural "Statistical Methodology in the Social Sciences" conference. Led by Professor of Economics A. Colin Cameron, the day-long event featured presentations of quantitative research by scholars from eight different UC Davis departments. Faculty and graduate students from eighteen centers, departments and graduate groups took the opportunity to meet fellow statistical methodologists and establish interdisciplinary connections, as well as to hear about research topics ranging from Obamacare to gender dynamics in virtual worlds.

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CCWgH Celebrates 25 Years of Intellectual Adventures

CCWgH Celebrates 25 Years of Intellectual Adventures

By Loren Michael Mortimer - On October 26, 2015, the Cross-Cultural Women’s and gender History program (CCWgH) celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary with a panel discussion made up of faculty, graduate students, and alumni. Leading the panel was Corrie Decker, associate professor of history and ISS Executive Committee member, who currently serves as director of CCWgH. Panelists considered the ways in which the program has enhanced the field of gender history at UC Davis and far beyond by facilitating interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue between scholars from diverse fields.

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CPR Conference Looks at Low-Wage Labor

CPR Conference Looks at Low-Wage Labor

By Tory Brykalski and Loren Michael Mortimer - On October 16, 2015 the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research hosted a conference entitled "Employment, Earnings and Inequality: Realities and Opportunities in Low-Wage Labor Markets." Presenters from across the U.S. convened to address questions related to low-wage labor markets, covering topics that included wage trends and shifts in occupations, policies that enhance wages, immigration, mobility, stigma and identity among low-skilled workers.

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In Memoriam: Professor Aldo Antonelli

In Memoriam: Professor Aldo Antonelli

The Institute for Social Sciences was deeply saddened to learn of Aldo Antonelli’s sudden passing on October 11, 2015.

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Center for Poverty Research Releases New Video Series

Center for Poverty Research Releases New Video Series

The UC Davis Center for Poverty Research has released a series of videos entitled 'A Brief Guide to Poverty in the U.S.' These short videos provide a basic foundation for understanding the causes and consequences of this complex problem, as well as possible solutions suggested by research today.

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Muehlegger Talks Fuel Tax for ITS

Muehlegger Talks Fuel Tax for ITS

By Loren Michael Mortimer - With the US Highway Trust Fund teetering on insolvency and lawmakers struggling to find a long-term fix, Assistant Professor of Economics Erich Muehlegger addressed the issue of fuel tax at a recent seminar hosted by the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies.

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Persian studies program receives $1.5 million from prominent Iranian-American philanthropist

Persian studies program receives $1.5 million from prominent Iranian-American philanthropist

Silicon Valley philanthropist and humanitarian Bita Daryabari has made a $1.5 million gift to UC Davis to broaden its Persian studies program.

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Three Division of Social Sciences Professors Named Hellman Fellows

Three Division of Social Sciences Professors Named Hellman Fellows

Academic Affairs Vice Provost Maureen Stanton has announced UC Davis’ ninth annual class of Hellman Fellows who were recognized for their potential to achieve great scholarly distinction. These include three faculty from the Division of Social Sciences.

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Language Symposium Builds Synergies across Researchers, Disciplines and Institutions

Language Symposium Builds Synergies across Researchers, Disciplines and Institutions

The UC Davis Cluster on Language Research symposium in May forged an important bridge between researchers from across distinct research traditions, goals, methods and California research institutions.

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History professor Chuck Walker named to MacArthur Chair

History professor Chuck Walker named to MacArthur Chair

History professor Charles “Chuck” Walker has been appointed to one of the UC system’s MacArthur Foundation Chairs. He’s been designated the holder of the MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in International Human Rights. Walker and another faculty member — to be announced at a later date — are the first MacArthur chair appointees at UC Davis.

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Baboon Study Reveals Surprises, Breaks Ground in Tracking Behavior

Baboon Study Reveals Surprises, Breaks Ground in Tracking Behavior

By Jeffrey Day - Baboons live in a strongly hierarchical society, but the big guys don't make all the decisions.

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Program on Pilgrimage Features Anthropologist Zoila Mendoza

Program on Pilgrimage Features Anthropologist Zoila Mendoza

On June 28, the special program "Sacred Travel: The Pilgrimage Experience" will feature Zoila Mendoza, a professor of native American studies and an affiliate of the anthropology graduate group at UC Davis and the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas. Those interested can also submit questions in writing or on video beforehand.

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Data Studies Program Will Give Liberal Arts Majors a Boost in Employment

Data Studies Program Will Give Liberal Arts Majors a Boost in Employment

By Jeffrey Day - A team from the University of California, Davis, traveled to Silicon Valley and throughout Northern California a few months ago, meeting with managers at more than 20 companies to gauge what they were looking for in employees.

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ISS Funding Supports UC Davis Graduate Students with Summer and Research Travel

ISS Funding Supports UC Davis Graduate Students with Summer and Research Travel

The UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences, in partnership with the Center for Regional Change, recently supported awards to select UC Davis graduate students in the social sciences for summer research and travel and support for thesis and disseration improvement.

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ISS ASPIRE Hosts its First Undergraduate Research Symposium

ISS ASPIRE Hosts its First Undergraduate Research Symposium

The ISS undergraduate research mentorship program ASPIRE hosted its first annual symposium celebrating the work its students have done with their faculty mentors.

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History Professor Clarence Walker Wins UC Davis Prize for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement

History Professor Clarence Walker Wins UC Davis Prize for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement

Clarence Walker was recognized for his teaching, scholarship and service today when UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi surprised his "Jacksonian America" class to announce that he is the recipient of the 2015 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement.

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Hemispheric Institute on the Americas Wins Grant to Support Graduate Student Research

Hemispheric Institute on the Americas Wins Grant to Support Graduate Student Research

The UC Davis Hemispheric Institute on the Americas (HIA) has just received a three-year grant from the Tinker Foundation to support field research for graduate students in Latin America. The grant will allow HIA to continue to sponsor cutting-edge research in regions from Mexico to the Southern Cone.

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ISS Awards Its First-year Grants for Social Sciences Research

ISS Awards Its First-year Grants for Social Sciences Research

We are pleased to announce our first-year awards, including seed funding to three major research projects that reach across departments on campus, and individual research grants to nine UC Davis faculty. We have also named our first three ISS Fellows, who will give proseminars on cutting-edge research methods and concepts.

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Approved Researchers at UC Davis Get No-fee Access to Restricted U.S. Census Data

Approved Researchers at UC Davis Get No-fee Access to Restricted U.S. Census Data

Approved researchers at UC Davis can now access non-public data from the U.S. Census Bureau and many other federal agencies without paying thousands of dollars in access fees.

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Inaugural Noon Lecture Features an Analysis on the Mid-term Elections

Inaugural Noon Lecture Features an Analysis on the Mid-term Elections

The Institute for Social Sciences (ISS) hosted its inaugural Noon Lecture in November with a joint talk by two UC Davis professors of political science presenting an analysis of the 2014 mid-term elections.

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Anthropology Professor Raises $5,000 to Help Save Lions in Tanzania

Anthropology Professor Raises $5,000 to Help Save Lions in Tanzania

Monique Borgerhoff Mulder wrapped up a successful fundraising campaign in October to monitor their efforts to stop lion killing in Tanzania, and to determine where and how to expand her her project.

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Interdisciplinary Institute for Social Sciences to Tap New Potential of Researchers at UC Davis

Interdisciplinary Institute for Social Sciences to Tap New Potential of Researchers at UC Davis

The Institute for Social Sciences at UC Davis will promote interdisciplinary research in the social sciences to address challenges within in our rapidly changing society.

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Psychologist's Research Supports Gay Marriage Decision

Psychologist's Research Supports Gay Marriage Decision

By Andy Fell - When a panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana this week, the justices cited work by UC Davis professor of psychology Gregory Herek.

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Memory Researcher Wins Pentagon Grant

Memory Researcher Wins Pentagon Grant

By Andy Fell - Charan Ranganath of the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience was selected as a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow by the U.S. Department of Defense in July. The five-year, $2.6 million fellowship will support new work on learning and memory in Ranganath’s Dynamic Memory Laboratory at UC Davis.

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